WhatsApp payment option now rolling out to iOS and Android users in India: Report

The option will allow WhatsApp users to make peer-to-peer payments to other users on the platform.

  • Published: February 8, 2018 1:18 PM IST

After demonetization and the government pushing digital payments, WhatsApp has been working towards enabling a payment option for its users in India. It is one move that makes sense considering that the platform is used by millions of users across India. WhatsApp had been testing the option in beta for quite some time now, and now there are reports stating that the company has started rolling out the feature in India.

Twitter user, WABetaInfo, who tracks the changes in beta version of WhatsApp first reported about rollout for iOS users in India. We did check with our Android and iOS devices, but the feature doesn’t seem to be enabled yet. However, replying to WABetaInfo, some users have confirmed that they could see the option on their iOS devices.

In case you can’t see the option yet, you may have to wait for about 12 hours or till the next day as the rollout is gradually taking place. BGR India has reached out to WhatsApp for a confirmation of the roll out, and we will update the post once we hear from the company.

For those wondering how the payments option will work, WhatsApp has been working to integrate UPI (Unified Payments Interface) with the platform. It will allow for peer-to-peer payments with ease. The company was reportedly in talks with SBI to allow users create a VPA (Virtual Payment Address).

UPI payment option lets users send and receive money directly from their bank account, and you just need to enter the VPA to transfer money. So, there is no need to know the recipient’s name, bank name, account number, IFSC code and other details. The VPA can be as simple as 9820098200@sbi or peter@sbi.

  • Published Date: February 8, 2018 1:18 PM IST