Send money on WhatsApp via UPI, option enabled with ICICI Bank

WhatsApp Payments

WhatsApp Payments

The payments will be through UPI (Unified Payments Interface).

The new "Payments" feature can be accessed from the Chat window in the Attachments menu.

Apparently, the new transaction system is called WhatsApp Payments and is only available to a small number of users.

Past year it was learned that WhatsApp would try in India a contactless payment service that would allow using the cell phone to send money to users.

However, there is no word on utility payments coming to WhatsApp Payments anytime soon, which could give the e-wallets an edge over it. Users actively using the feature will be another factor that has to be considered after the launch of WhatsApp Payments.

The addition puts WhatsApp into competition with other messaging services that already support payments, including the recently launched Tez from Google and Tencent-backed Hike, for example, as well as digital wallet platform Paytm, which expanded into messaging in order to take on WhatsApp more directly. India is WhatsApp's largest market with over 200 million users active daily users.


Uses can choose from the list of banks for linking to UPI and create an UPI account and setup a PIN.

It is worth to note that the feature is exclusively for India.

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

You can then select your preferred bank account to connect with UPI.

Apart from this, the Facebook-owned messaging application is also reportedly working on a group video calling feature. So, not all users with beta version can see this option.

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