4/05/2013

Installing Google Wallet on Verizon Galaxy S3

No fancy installer is necessary to get Google Wallet to work on the Galaxy S3 on Verizon, on a few minor edits to the /system/build.prop are required. Installing Google Wallet is possible on the Verizon Galaxy S III, if your phone appears as a Galaxy Nexus. Assuming you have rooted your phone, and installed a decent version of busybox, then you can execute in a root shell on the phone(at your own risk).:

cp /system/build.prop /mnt/extSdCard/build.prop.original
mount -o remount,rw /system

Use sed to edit the /system/build.prop
sed -i 's/ro\.product\.model.*/ro\.product\.model=Galaxy Nexus/' /system/build.prop
sed -i 's/ro\.product\.name.*/ro\.product\.name=yakju/' /system/build.prop
sed -i 's/ro\.product\.device.*/ro\.product\.device=maguro/' /system/build.prop
mount -o remount,ro /system
reboot

or use vi to make the following changes in /system/build.prop from:

ro.product.model=SCH-I535
ro.product.name=d2vzw
ro.product.device=d2vzw

to

ro.product.model=Galaxy Nexus
ro.product.name=yakju
ro.product.device=maguro

Save your changes (:wq)
mount -o remount,ro /system
reboot

With the modified build.prop can install Google Wallet from the market.
When the installation is finished and you have successfully configured Wallet, 
you can revert to the original /system/build.prop with:

mount -o remount,rw /system
cp /mnt/extSdCard/build.prop.original /system/build.prop
mount -o remount,ro /system
reboot

1 comment:

Shs said...

Thank you for posting this! I now again have Wallet on my Galaxy Nexus, at least until Verizon figures out how to disable it like the last three times. A tip for those not so comfortable with the command line syntax, there are plenty of programs out there with a Gui interface that will let you edit the file, I used Rom Toolbox for example to edit the three lines and to create the backup and then restore it.

Thanks again for posting the syntax to get this to work again!

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