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Indians Can Now Send Money To Each Other Via WhatsApp | Gap4.com

Indians Can Now Send Money To Each Other Via WhatsApp

The feature is still in beta but will eventually roll out to every WhatsApp user in India.

WhatsApp is beta testing letting users in India send money to each other through the app. The feature isn’t available to everyone yet, but here’s what it looks like once you have it.

WhatsApp is beta testing letting users in India send money to each other through the app. The feature isn't available to everyone yet, but here's what it looks like once you have it.

BuzzFeed News screenshot

Tapping “Payment” lets users enter an amount and zap it to anyone they’re chatting with on WhatsApp, as long as the other person has payments enabled too.

The feature works on a system called Unified Payments Interface, an Indian government-backed technology that lets users transfer money directly into each other’s bank accounts using just their mobile numbers, or a bank-issued payment ID that looks like an email address.

This also means that it *most probably* won’t come to any other countries. 😞

BuzzFeed News screenshot

But sources in a position to know told BuzzFeed News that the company will let users in India know when the beta test is over and the feature is more widely available.

WhatsApp’s payment feature already has competition in India from the government-backed BHIM app, Alibaba-backed digital wallet Paytm, Flipkart-owned PhonePe, and Google’s own payments app for India called Tez.

WhatsApp's payment feature already has competition in India from the government-backed BHIM app, Alibaba-backed digital wallet Paytm, Flipkart-owned PhonePe, and Google's own payments app for India called Tez.

BUT more than 200 million Indians already use WhatsApp, so the company has an edge.

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Either way, I can’t wait for my family to be sending me money instead of spamming me with “Good morning!” messages.

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