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Google has announced its decision to discontinue Google Pay in the United States as part of a strategic move aimed at streamlining its payment services and redirecting its focus towards enhancing Google Wallet. In a blog post released on Thursday, the tech giant revealed that Americans will be able to use the payment app until June 4, after which they can transfer their Google Pay balance to their bank accounts.

Following June 4, Google will cease operations of the US version of the standalone Google Pay app. However, users will still be able to make payments through Google Wallet, which boasts significantly higher usage compared to the app in the country.

“To simplify the app experience, the US version of the standalone Google Pay app will no longer be available for use starting June 4, 2024. You can continue to access the most popular features – tapping to pay in stores and managing payment methods – right from Google Wallet, which is used five times more than the Google Pay app in the US,” the blog stated.

Google emphasized its commitment to ensuring a smooth transition for its users during this process. It reassured that this transformation would not impact Google Pay users in India and Singapore, where the app will continue its operations as usual.

“We want to help make this transition as smooth as possible. Anywhere you normally use Google Pay – from checking out online to tapping and paying in stores – remains the same. And for the millions of people who use the Google Pay app in India and Singapore, nothing will change as we continue to build for the unique needs in those countries,” Google stated.

Furthermore, the company clarified that even after the shutdown of the US version of the Google Pay app, users could still access their transaction history and transfer funds through the official payment services website.

“You can use the U.S. version of the Google Pay app until June 4, 2024, to view and transfer your Google Pay balance to your bank account. You can continue to view and transfer your funds to your bank account after June 4, 2024, from the Google Pay website,” the blog added.

However, after June 4, users will no longer have the capability to send, request, or receive payments through the US version of the Google Pay app.

“As of June 4, 2024, you will no longer be able to send, request, or receive money from others through the US version of the Google Pay app,” the blog concluded.

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