Good News: WhatsApp Rolls Out WhatsApp Pay Feature

WhatsApp has undergone an image makeover with its two new features – WhatsApp Pay and the “Disappearing Messages” feature.

WhatsApp Pay

The Facebook-owned messaging app has finally rolled out its payment service feature – WhatsApp Pay – for iPhone and Android users in India. However, the payment service will only be rolled out to 20 million WhatsApp users while it has over 400 million users in India.

Though the messaging app has promised that the payment feature will be available for everyone by end of the year.

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WhatsApp Pay will use the unified Payments Interface (UPI), a real-time payments system supported by more than 160 banks in India. To use this new payment service feature, make sure you update the app to the latest Android and iOS version.

How to setup your account: 

The phone that you are using WhatsApp on has to be working with the same mobile number that is registered with your bank account. For the UPI verification during setup, an auto-detect SMS will be sent to confirm the mobile number.

Step 1: Open the WhatsApp app on your phone and tap on the three-dotted icon, which is placed on the top right corner of the screen.

Step 2: Tap on Payments > Add payment method. You will get a list of bank names.

Step 3: After selecting the name of the bank, your number (linked with the bank) will be verified. For this, you need to tap on Verify via SMS.

Step 4: Once the verification process is completed, you can then need to finish setting up payments. You will need to set a UPI pin for carrying out transactions similar to how it is on other apps. After this, you will be able to see the chosen bank on the payments page.

How to send or receive money

Step 1: Open the chat of the person on WhatsApp and go to attachment icon.

Step 2: Tap on Payment and add the amount you want to send to the individual. One can also add a note.

Step 3: To complete the WhatsApp payment process, you need to enter your UPI PIN. once the transaction is completed, you will get a confirmation message.

Disappearing Messages

WhatsApp on Thursday launched it’s much-awaited “Disappearing Messages” feature with a time limit of seven days before the message gets automatically deleted.

How to switch on Disappearing Messages feature:

Open the WhatsApp chat.

Tap the contact’s name.

Tap Disappearing messages.

If prompted, tap CONTINUE.

Select On.

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