WhatsApp UPI payment feature: How to get it right now
WhatsApp UPI payment feature: How to get it right now
WhatsApp has launched the beta version of its app that allows the users to make payments
11 February, 2018, 13:20
To put things in context, Paytm has 180 million users in the country, whereas Google Tez, another UPI-based payment application, crossed 12 million users in India past year four months after its launch.
Forget messages, images and videos, now you can WhatsApp your money too.
To access it, users will need to get their mobile number linked with their bank account and authorised for mobile banking.
Earlier this week, WhatsApp started testing its Unified Payment Interface-based payment service in India. Selecting the payments option takes the user to a disclaimer followed by list of banks.
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For now, the feature is only available for testers and is expected to become official by the end of this month. Considering the large user base of the messaging app in India, the payments platform's integration may give another boost to digital payments.
We've reached out to WhatsApp to see if it can shine a light on how exactly WhatsApp Payments works and if it is considering bringing it to other countries following its impending launch in India, and will update this piece when we hear back.
WhatsApp already made it clear that it has been working on a payment solution for Indian market. This indicates the final stage of inclusion of WhatsApp payments system on the Android app will be soon launched. Additionally, you will have to create a UPI account (if you don't have one previously) through the UPI app or your respective bank's website/ app.
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