Google Wallet can now open PKPASS files

Google Wallet can now open PKPASS 1 files

If there is something that many Android users seen with great envy of Apple users, was the ease with which they added different types of cards to their iPhones natively, whether banking, plane flights, trains, hotel reservations, etc., using the Passbook app itself "now Wallet", which read the PKPASS files, something that was really frustrating if you didn't have an iOS device.

But finally, after several years and moments of anguish, this has been resolved, since Google Wallet  You can now open PKPASS files without resorting to external programs or tricks, which is a great help for users who increasingly resort to digitizing all types of cards and documentation on their Android tablets or mobile phones. Do you want to know how to do it?

It is now possible to import PKPASS files from Apple Google Wallet can now open PKPASS 2 files

Google Wallet seems to be listening to the pleas of its users, as it has taken a significant step by allowing  import PKPASS files from Apple, thus fulfilling one of the most recurring requests from the community.

An improvement that comes at an opportune time, and lives up to the expression "Better late than never", as it lands just before the summer vacation season, when many people need quick access to their boarding passes and other digital passes, which is a great convenience.

What is a PKPASS file

If you have come this far and have read the word PKPASS, but you don't know specifically what it is and it reminds you more of the name of a nightclub, you must understand that it is a file format developed by Apple for its “Wallet” app (known as PassBook until the latest iOS 9 update), primarily used to store, manage and share digital passes.

Surely you have seen it when taking a plane, since many people used it to virtually save your cards on your devices boarding cards, in addition to others, such as business cards, event cards, loyalty cards, different coupons and offer promotions, and even certificates, such as the COVID ones at the time, which for a time were necessary to travel.

This format is based on the ZIP standard (yes, file compression) and is published online, which has allowed the development of compatible implementations for other platforms such as Android, Windows and Linux, and which now Google Wallet can now open these types of files.

What is the PKPASS format like?

It is important to note that the PKPASS format, although not an open standard, is the preferred option due to its widespread use in most digital cards. Typically, these files contain encoded information which allows the graphic representation of the card or pass, "as if it were a kind of screenshot or photo of a tangible airline ticket."

With the great advantage that includes personal details such as the name of the holder, the date, location and barcodes or QR, which allows us to show it comfortably from our tablet or smartphone when paying in a store or getting on a plane.

How to import PKPASS files from Apple

Until now, Android users They did not have a native way (without installing third-party apps) to open PKPASS files, since Google Wallet At the time he chose another path, using a different approach that required the API usage and specific links instead of direct files, something that, admittedly, was really cumbersome and not at all intuitive.

It seems that Google has understood that PKPASS is the best, and now allows users to directly import PKPASS files to Google Wallet, without complications, quickly and easily.

The import process is simple and direct, without complications, since when you receive a PKPASS file, either by email or other means, you can open it directly with Google Wallet. Once opened, simply follow the on-screen instructions to add the pass to your digital wallet. Something that is done in just seconds, and where simplicity prevails above all.

imported passes can be private. Therefore, keep in mind that you won't be able to share them with others or integrate them with Google services in the same way as passes created specifically for Google Wallet.

Google Wallet App Google Wallet can now open PKPASS files

With the Google Wallet app Now you can quickly manage your PKPASS files, in addition to using some of its most interesting functions, such as your payments using Google Pay in compatible establishments, as well as accessing your boarding passes, movie tickets and more from your phone.

Thanks to this ability import PKPASS files directly into Google Wallet It represents a significant advance in the accessibility and functionality of the application for Android users.

Now, finally, Android device users can enjoy a similar experience to iPhone users by managing their digital cards and passes conveniently and efficiently within Google Wallet. Still not using it? Well, it's already taking a while to download it.

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