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
WhatsApp has reportedly hired payment specialists in India and the new feature will work off a widely-used digital payments system developed by a consortium of Indian Banks, called UPI.
Pictures first emerged of WhatsApp’s planned system in August on the blog Wabetainfo, which showed a screen with ‘welcome to WhatsApp payments’ on it.
WhatsApp said at the time it would not comment on ‘speculation’.
A spokesman added: ‘India is an important country for WhatsApp, and we’re understanding how we can contribute more to the vision of Digital India.
‘We’re exploring how we might work with companies that share this vision.’
HOW DO YOU UNSEND MESSAGES YOU’VE ALREADY SENT ON WHATSAPP?
In October 2017, WhatsApp introduced a new ‘delete for everyone’ feature, allowing users to unsend an embarrassing message within seven minutes of sending it.
To delete a message, open WhatsApp and go to the chat containing the message you want to delete.
Tap and hold the message, then choose Delete from the menu.
Tap ‘Delete for everyone’ and the message will disappear.
Messages you successfully delete for everyone will now be replaced with ‘This message was deleted’ in your recipients’ chats.
Similarly, if you see ‘This message was deleted’ in a chat, it means that the sender deleted their message for everyone.