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WhatsApp UPI Payments Feature is knocking soon on Android Mobiles

WhatsApp UPI Payments Feature is knocking soon on Android Mobiles

Hike messenger, the Indian instant messaging app, launched UPI-based peer-to-peer payment service and digital wallet in June this year.

As per a blog in the WABetaInfo, WhatsApp is testing a new feature wherein it will allow users to make bank to bank transfers using UPI.

Like we said, WhatsApp is definitely not the first messaging platform to support mobile payments, but if and when the feature does roll out and given how many users are on WhatsApp, it could be a pretty invaluable one.

The peer-to-peer payment feature will come weeks after TrueCaller, another popular application in India, launched UPI-based payment service.

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According to media reports, WhatsApp is already in talks with the NPCI and a few banks to facilitate financial transactions via UPI. It seems like soon it will be out to the public.

According to the blog, the WhatsApp Payments page reads "The immediate bank to bank transfer with UPI". The beta version of WhatsApp's Android app now includes a preview for the UPI payments feature, though this is hidden. The site claims to have spotted a "glimpse" of the payment feature in a new update to WhatsApp's beta version. Users can go through the terms and conditions of Whatsapp UPI by tapping the button associated on WhatsApp.

Although WhatsApp didn't disclose a timeline for rolling out the feature then, it could soon be a reality, reports tech website XDA Developers. WhatsApp had already hinted earlier to bring UPI integration into its chat app. "For Facebook, discussions are in preliminary stage", is what Hota told PTI.

While WhatsApp is planning to take on Paytm by adding the payment feature, Paytm is also taking the other route to get back at WhatsApp. Also, this messaging platform is working on a better "Storage Manager" which will give detailed information about the content in any conversation. This is supposed to help users delete/preserve specific types of data in a given conversation.


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