“Google Wallet for digital goods” Retirement
When we first launched browser-based digital goods payments in 2011 (rebranded as Google Wallet for digital goods), we wanted to make it simple for game developers to accept payments for digital goods on their own desktop gaming websites. The industry has matured a lot since then, providing a number of alternative payment solutions to choose from.
As we continue to evolve and improve our merchant tools to meet new market challenges in the payments space, we will be retiring the Google Wallet for digital goods API on March 2, 2015.
- Instant Buy: Web and app payments for physical goods and services
- Wallet App: All Google Wallet app features, including Tap & Pay, Wallet Card, and Wallet Objects
- Google Marketplaces: Play Store (including Apps, Books, Movies & TV, Music, Newsstand), YouTube (Movies, Nonprofit Program), and Chrome Web Store
- In-App Payments: Play In-App Billing and Chrome Web Store Managed In-App Payments. (Note that Chrome merchants who manage their own digital inventories will need to migrate to the Managed In-App Payments API or another payments solution prior to March 2, 2015.)
Here’s what this means for you as a merchant:
- Process Payments until March 2: You can continue to process payments via Google Wallet for digital goods until we shut it off on March 2, 2015.
- Remove Integration: If you don’t have your own payment processing, you will need to transition to an alternate solution and remove calls to our APIs before March 2, 2015. Learn more.
- Continued Merchant Center Access: You will continue to have access to the merchant center for processing refunds, getting payouts, and seeing reports.
Is Google offering a replacement product?
No, Google is not offering a replacement processing solution for digital goods on websites.
I'm a Google Play developer. Does this announcement impact me?
If you are selling apps on the Google Play Store or processing in-app payments through Google Wallet, you will continue to be supported. You will be able to access your Google Wallet Merchant Center as normal at wallet.google.com/merchant.
I'm a Chrome Web Store developer. Does this announcement impact me?
If you are offering items on the Chrome Web Store, you can continue to monetize your items with one-time payments—which includes up-front charges as well as subscriptions and free trials—or by selling virtual goods with Chrome Web Store Managed In-App Payments. (Note that Chrome merchants who manage their own digital inventories will need to migrate to the Managed In-App Payments API or another payments solution prior to March 2, 2015.)
How do I remove Google Wallet for digital goods from my website?
Removing the integration code for Google Wallet for digital goods consists of the following three steps:
- Removing client-side integration code
- Removing the server-side code that generates the JWT
- Removing the server-side code that handles the postback
For step-by-step instructions on how to remove your integration, please refer to the Google Developers site. Learn more.
What Google Wallet for digital goods messaging do I need to remove from my site?
Please remove logos, icons, buttons and any other references to the Google Wallet for digital goods payment option from your site.
How does this impact order processing, refunds, payouts, etc?
You will still be able to log into your Google Wallet Merchant Center at wallet.google.com/merchant with full functionality to take actions such as cancel or refund orders, view your reporting, and edit your account settings. The retirement of Google Wallet for digital goods will prevent you from receiving new orders starting on March 2, 2015.
Though you will still be able to process orders until March 2, 2015, we encourage you to remove your integration and migrate to another payment processing solution as soon as possible to minimize any impact to your business. Learn more.
Will this change be communicated with Google Wallet users?
Google Wallet buyers will not be proactively notified. Keep in mind that if you do not remove your integration before March 2, 2015, your buyers will get 404 errors upon checking out with Google Wallet for digital goods API. To preserve your user experience, we highly recommend removing your integration and migrating to another payment processing solution as soon as possible. Learn more.
What will happen to the existing subscriptions of my buyers?
The ability to process recurring subscriptions through Google Wallet for digital goods will be shut down on March 2nd, 2015. After this date, buyers will no longer be charged for their subscriptions. We strongly encourage you to find a new recurring billing or subscriptions solution to continue to accept payments from your users. To ensure a smooth transition for your buyers, we recommend you follow our provided instructions to remove your integration with Google Wallet for digital goods and integrate with another payment processor of your choice as soon as possible. When researching alternative payment processing solutions, we recommend you evaluate your buyers’ preferences on payment types, supported buyer countries, your preferences on merchants fees, and recurring or one-time billing types. After a new integration is in place, we suggest that you notify subscribers to re-subscribe through your new payment processor for continued subscription access.
What are alternative payment solutions I can use?
Because we feel that Google Wallet merchants know their buyers best, we encourage you to research payment processing solutions to best fit the needs of your buyers.
Feel free to contact us at any time. We look forward to working with you as you explore new payment methods for your website.