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January 29, 2015

Gmail support for Google Wallet reaches UK

Account holders can use Gmail to send money to one another for free.

By Amy-Jo Crowley

Google has rolled out Gmail support for Google Wallet in the UK.

From today, account holders in the U.K. can start sending money "quickly and securely" to one another via Gmail without any charges, even if the receiver doesn’t have a Gmail address.

In order to use the service, both senders and receivers need to set up a Google Wallet account, linking it with their debit card.

"To send money in Gmail, hover over the attachment paperclip, click the £ icon to attach money to your message, enter the amount you wish to send, and press send," Google said in a blog post.

"You can also request money in Gmail by hovering over the attachment paperclip and clicking the £ icon to attach the request to a Gmail message."

The person will then receive an email with instructions on how to send you money via Google Wallet with their own account.

Google added that money can be kept in your Wallet Balance for sending later, spending on Google Play, or transferring it to your bank account.

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"We’re rolling out this feature over the coming weeks to all UK Gmail users over 18 years old, so keep an eye out for the £ icon in the attachment options. Learn more at google.co.uk/wallet," Google added.

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