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Send & receive money with Gmail

Google Wallet is integrated with Gmail, so you can quickly and securely send money to friends and family directly within Gmail. Whether you’re chipping in for lunch or reimbursing your roommate for your share of the rent, paying back your friends is as simple as sending an email.

Note: You can't send or receive money between two countries through Google Wallet. 

Send money

  1. Open Gmail.
  2. Click the Compose button.
  3. Enter the email address of the person you want to send money to.
  4. Add a subject and message text (optional).
  5. Click the $ icon (£ for UK users).
  6. If you don’t have Google Wallet yet, you’ll be asked to set up your account.
  7. To send money: Enter the amount you want to send and choose a funding source.
  8. To request money: Click Request at the top of the box, and enter the amount you’d like to request.
  9. Click Attach.
  10. Look over your message one more time and click Send.

Payment methods and charges

US users

It's free to send money using your Google Wallet Balance, debit card, or your bank account linked to Google Wallet.

UK users

It’s free to send money using your Google Wallet Balance or debit card.

Google Wallet Purchase Protection covers you 100% against eligible unauthorized payments. Transfer limits and timelines apply.

Other ways to send money

You can also send money from Google Wallet at from your phone or laptop. Learn more about sending money with Google Wallet.

Receive money

The first time you receive a message with money attached, follow these directions:

  1. Open Gmail.
  2. Open the message with attached money.
  3. Click Claim money.
  4. You’ll be prompted to sign up for Google Wallet and verify your identity.
  5. Once you’ve completed identity verification, navigate back to the message and click Claim money again.

After claiming money for the first time, funds will be automatically added to your Google Wallet Balance.

Receiving money is always free, and you can claim funds on desktop and mobile.

Disable "send money" option

  1. Open Gmail.
  2. Click the Compose button.
  3. Click the $ icon (£ for UK users).
  4. Click the gear icon.
  5. Disable the feature.

The currency icon will continue to show, but the feature will be disabled. To enable the feature again, follow the same steps.

Vivian is a Gmail expert and the author of this help page. Leave her feedback about this help page.

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