Just a few days back there were reports about WhatsApp rolling out a new feature that will allow users to add 3 more people to a video call. Well, that feature was still in Beta version and now we’ve learned that another great feature is all set to be launched. WhatsApp which is currently the most popular instant messaging app is all set to compete in the digital transactions sector.

WhatsApp Payments feature is finally live across India. Backed by Unified Payments Interface (UPI), the WhatsApp Payments feature is available for both Android and iOS. With this, you will now be able to send and receive directly to your bank account (p2p). However, you will not be able to pay to merchants as of now. To do so, you will have to add the shopkeeper as a contact and then follow the steps to send money like you will do for any other WhatsApp friend of yours.

You don’t have the feature yet? Here’s how you can get it
Firsts things first. Update WhatsApp and get the latest version 2.18. Note that you will not get this feature just by updating the app. You would need someone, who has already got Payments feature, to message you. After that, just relaunch WhatsApp and the feature will automatically show up. While the feature is already tested to be available for both iOS and Android, note that it might take some time for everyone to get it.

WhatsApp Payments Setup
Go to settings and tap on “Payments”. Add your bank account by going to the “Add New Bank Account” tab. Note that the payments will work with only that mobile number which is registered with your bank. Note, you will not have the option to add and link new mobile number to your bank account through WhatsApp.

How to send money?
To send money to your friend, ensure that the Payments feature is activated to his/her WhatsApp account as well. The person needs to setup their bank account as well. After which, just start chatting and tap the attachment button (like you do for sending images) to see Payments. Now follow the steps to send money. The feature works in a group chat as well and you can choose a particular member in a group chat to send money. Don’t worry, if you are not sure whether the other party has WhatsApp Payments activated for not. The app will alert you of that.

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