Soon, You May Be Able To Transfer Money Through WhatsApp

WhatsApp Beta v2.17.295 Shows Signs of WhatsApp Payments

WhatsApp Beta v2.17.295 Shows Signs of WhatsApp Payments

WhatsApp users can initiate direct bank to bank UPI transfers from the chat app itself. We've seen the developers adding a lot of new features to the platform lately including GIF search and the ability to send any type of file between users.

Next WhatsApp step, that should be available when all business services will be released for all users, will be payments. Apps like WeChat and Hike Messenger already support UPI-based payments.

With over 1 billion monthly active users, of which over 200 million reside in India, WhatsApp has rumoured to be working on the UPI feature for the app for a long time now.

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Publishing its latest statistics, WhatsApp announced in a blog post: "Just previous year, we shared that one billion people around the world use WhatsApp every month". The beta version of the WhatsApp, running on Android, now shows a preview of the payment feature. It will also function on the Aadhaar infrastructure, and as UPI works on IMPS protocol, it will feature instantaneous transactions.

According to WaBetaInfo, the payments feature will run on WhatsApp version 2.17.295.

However based on what is known about the feature while it briefly existed, it is pretty straightforward where users choose the photo they want to send, and then they are presented with filter options. But the availability of the feature is limited to the US.

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"Whether it's sharing personalised photos and videos, connecting through video calling, or keeping friends updated throughout the day with Status, communicating on WhatsApp has never been easier or more personal". As per reports, the feature is hidden and is still being developed. As indicated by the PTI report, talks are on for both WhatsApp and Messenger and there are chances that WhatsApp will get the UPI mix before WhatsApp.

In July, the NPCI had announced that UPI has crossed the 10 million transaction mark last in June 2017, which was a 10-fold increase in 11 months from one million UPI transactions in August 2016, the IANS report added. For WhatsApp, the discussion for UPI integration has already commenced where as for Facebook discussions are on preliminary stage.

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