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WhatsApp's digital payments option reportedly goes live in India

WhatsApp's digital payments option reportedly goes live in India

WhatsApp has begun testing a new payments feature in India that will allow people to send money to other WhatsApp users, excluding merchant accounts. They need to tap the payment option.

Only a small group of users in India have the payment feature enabled on their WhatsApp app right now.

In India more than 200 million people use WhatsApp and it is a country that is committed to all technological advances, and Facebook people know very well to launch various pilot tests. For those who can already use it, the "payment" option will appear in the application menu, exactly between "documentation" and "Gallery".

The company has been working on support for a payments feature for some time, which would take advantage of UPI (Unified Payments Interface) and include support by a number of Indian banks, including State Bank of India, ICICI Bank, HDFC Bank, and Axis Bank.

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Users are required to then click on payments, verify their mobile number and select their bank to complete the set up. Following this, the option to send a payment is available from the main WhatsApp interface, in the same area where users share photos, videos, contacts or location into their chat session. User can now choose from this list of banks the one to be linked to UPI.

For now, the feature is only available for testers and is expected to become official by the end of this month.

It is worth to note that the feature is exclusively for India. There have been no confirmation of a transaction been made through the WhatsApp payment feature, though. So, not all users with beta version can see this option.


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