The battle of the digital wallets just got more fierce. As part of its ongoing attempt to make it easier than ever to pay — and more importantly, get paid — Google has updated its Google Wallet mobile app to allow for automatic transfers to your bank account. That means the end of cashing out, because when you’re in a rush to get your hard-earned money, the last thing you want to do is jump through multiple hoops, right?
Previously, users had to withdraw a balance, or cash out, and didn’t have the option of a direct transfer.
Over the course of the next week, Google is slated to gradually roll out the new feature, which ought to speed up the process for Wallet users to actually access cash. This puts Google Wallet in much closer competition with other payment services like PayPal, Venmo, Square Cash, and other big names. Once the update is fully implemented, users will be able to choose a bank account or debit card for their automatic transfers, either from within the app or from the web. After this has been set up, users will no longer have to “cash out” money — instead, it’ll just be available on the spot. Well, almost.
Sure, you don’t have to go through the extra step of cashing out, but depending on your bank and whether you’re transferring funds to a debit card or a bank account, you could still have to wait a bit. While debit card transfers should be instant in the majority of situations, banks could take between one and three days to show your new balance.
Don’t worry — if you want to keep money in your wallet account, that’s totally fine, too. It’s secure, Google says, as your Wallet app can “only be accessed with your Google Payments PIN.” Should you happen to lose your phone, you can ensure that no one else has access to your digital wallet by removing access by way of myaccount.google.com.
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