New WhatsApp service lets you send a payment like you would a photo or file
Pay back a friend with a WhatsApp message: Facebook-owned app rolls out a ‘new payments service’ in India ahead of a possible global launch
WhatsApp is testing a new feature that lets you send digital payments to your family and friends like you would a photo or file.
The Facebook-owned messaging app, which has 700 million users across the globe, has begun trialling the new payments service with a limited number of users in India.
If tests go well WhatsApp could roll out the feature to users across the globe.
WhatsApp is trialling a new digital payments service in India that appears in your messaging menu (left image). The new feature works off a widely-used digital payments system developed by a consortium of Indian Banks, called UPI (right)
A similar tool was introduced to Facebook’s Messenger app in 2015.
Based on screenshots shared to Twitter by software engineer Nagender Rao Savanth, testers must verify their phone via SMS to use the feature.
They can then choose from a large list of banks that have signed up to the service.
The option to send a payment is available from the main WhatsApp menu, in the same area you can share a photo, video, contact or location into a chat session.
Both the sender and receiver in the transaction need to have the service activated for it to work.
WhatsApp’s support for payments has been highly anticipated in India because of the app’s huge popularity there.
India has the world’s largest number of WhatsApp users, with 200 million people using the app daily.
WhatsApp, which has around 700 million users across the globe, has begun trialling the new payments service in India