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Back in January this year, there were reports suggesting that WhatsApp Payments will be rolled out in India this month. It looks like it has come true as the latest WhatsApp beta version has started showing this option for select users. The payments will be via UPI (Unified Payments Interface). It looks like this feature is the final stages of testing and that it will be soon rolled out to all the WhatsApp users.
According to a report GizmoTimes, the WhatsApp Payments feature was spotted on the Android beta version 2.18.41. We tried updating our beta version of WhatsApp but we could not find the payments option in both the versions 2.18.41 and 2.18.44. the report shows that the WhatsApp Payments option is seen along with the options in the 'Attachments' menu of a chat window.
With the implementation of the Payments feature, we believe that the already popular instant messaging platform will get a further boost. Notably, WhatsApp got the approval to facilitate UPI payments back in July last year. We will soon get this feature on both Android and iOS.
WhatsApp Payments will be via UPI and you can send and receive money directly from WhatsApp with this new payment option. If you happen to be one of the few fortunate ones out there, you can get to see the Payment option along with others such as Gallery, Documents, Location, Contacts, and Video in the ‘Attachments' menu in a chat.
What you get?
The report has posted a few screenshots of the WhatsApp Payments feature. As it is under testing, once you see that on clicking the Payments option, you will be shown the list of banks available for this service. On selecting your bank, you will see the account that is linked to that bank. You need to select the account and verify it as you do in the other UPI-based payment services.
The report points out that it is important for both the sender and receiver to have the WhatsApp Payment option enabled. If you haven't done the UPI payments before, you will be prompted by the service to create one with a security PIN for the authentication purpose.