WhatsApp Pay has finally gone live in India. The company on Friday announced that the feature will be available in India starting today. WhatsApp in its blog has mentioned that it wants to make money transferring as easy as sending messages on the app
Announcing the new feature, WhatsApp said in a blog, “Starting today, people across India will be able to send money through WhatsApp. This secure payment experience makes transferring money just as easy as sending a message. People can safely send money to a family member or share the cost of goods from a distance without having to exchange cash in person or going to a local bank.
Who will be able to send money using WhatsApp?
Over 400 million WhatsApp users in India can now securely send money to friends and family, and payments feature is now available for iPhone and Android users who are on the latest version of the app.
Payments are available now in 10 Indian regional language versions of WhatsApp.
What do you need to use WhatsApp Pay?
All you need is a debit card with a bank that supports UPI. You can find the update in the latest version of WhatsApp.
How to use it?
In order to use WhatsApp Pay, you must have the WhatsApp application on your phone.
To enable the payment service, a user must initiate a payment to a contact.
Steps to set up the payment option
Tap on three vertical dots on the top right corner
Click on ‘Payments’
Select Add new payment method
Select Accept and continue to get started
Choose your bank from the list
You’ll now need to verify your phone number
Make sure that the WhatsApp number you’re using is the same one registered with your bank account
Verify your bank account via SMS
Click allow to let WhatsApp verify that the SIM card is the one registered with your account
Allow again for WhatsApp to send texts to authenticate your account
WhatsApp will now verify with your bank and pull up all accounts registered with your number
Select the one you’d like to use to finish setting up payments
Click on ‘Done’ to finish setting up WhatsApp Pay
You will see the payment method listed in the payments page
Steps to send and receive money:
Select the contact you want to send money to
In the conversation window, select the clip icon
Select the amount you’d like to send
Enter your UPI PIN
You’ll see a confirmation message showing up directly in the conversation window once the transaction is done
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