Install Google Wallet on a Verizon Galaxy Nexus with Android Jelly Bean 4.1

I have a Verizon Wireless (VZW) Galaxy Nexus and upgraded it to Jelly Bean 4.1 as soon as I got my hands on it. But I couldn’t get Google Wallet installed on it because Verizon is stupid. It’s hidden from the Google Play store if you’re on Verizon, and often loading APK copied onto the device didn’t work for me either. But this post did the trick for me!


  • UPDATE 2 for Sept 14, 2012: Verizon has blocked Google Wallet again! But luckily there’s a simple solution for Verizon Galaxy Nexus ICS & Jelly Bean owners: Download and run this updated APK file (if the file is no longer available, Google search for “Wallet_1.5-R79-v5.apk” and you should find it somewhere). Follow steps below to install it.
  • >Download the APK file from this post< (you have to register on the forum to download it =(
  • UPDATE: If that APK does not work for you, try the one >in this post< (thanks Tory Silvers)
  • In Root Explorer (ES File Explorer works too if you enable Root browsing), copy the apk file you want to put in /system/app
  • Navigate to the /system/app directory
  • Tap the Mount R/W button on the top right (not applicable with ES File Explorer)
  • Tap Paste
  • Scroll down to the pasted apk, long press on it and select Permissions (you’ll see 9 check boxes when you do this)
  • Check the Read and Write buttons for User
  • Check only the Read box next to Group and Others, then tap OK (once you’re done, the read/write permissions under the app name should be the same as all the other apps listed (rw-r–r–))
  • Reboot the phone