New Delhi, April 17: WhatsApp has introduced a new feature called ‘Request Money’ under the ‘Whatsapp Payments’ in India today and has allowed a few android beta users to test it. The feature is built on Unified Payments Interface (UPI) that allows direct transfer through one’s bank account. This direct transfer would only be possible if the user has a UPI id connected to their bank account. It must be noted that users will also have to have their mobile number registered with the bank account and the same mobile number must be synced with their Whatsapp account for the feature to work. Users will be able to find all requests and their statuses in the Payments option that comes under Settings.
Know how to use Whatsapp ‘Request Money’ feature:
- Open Whatsapp, then go to Settings and tap on Payments and then once again tap on New Payment.
- Enter the UPI address or scan the QR code likewise.
- Once you enter the UPI address, Whatsapp verifies the user.
- After verification, the options in the pop-up changes and both ‘Request Money’ and ‘Pay Money’ buttons is seen.
- Tap on the ‘Request Money’ button and enter the relevant amount.
- You’d receive the amount you’ve requested.
It may be noted that a request for money once sent remains active only for the next 24 hours after which it expires.
The feature was first uncovered by Twitter user @FidatoCA.