Yes, now you can send payments in India with Whatsapp. Whatsapp is a messaging app owned by Facebook. Sending money through Whatsapp is as safe as sending a normal message in Whatsapp.
National payments corporation of India approved this feature of Whatsapp on the 5th of November. This news was also important to the CEO of Facebook, Mark Zuckerberg, who mentioned that “Now you’re going to be able to easily send money to your friends and family through WhatsApp just as easily as sending a message.”
He also stated that it was a need as people were in trouble transferring the cash in person because of COVID-19. Watch the full video below:
Watch | Mark Zuckerberg says, “Now you can send money to your friends and family through #WhatsApp as easily as sending a message.”
— The Indian Express (@IndianExpress) November 6, 2020
Now, there’s no need to give or take cash in person or going to the bank for the transfer. Whatsapp has made this payment feature with the partnership of National Corporation Payments of Inda. This feature uses the unified payment interface, usually said as UPI. It is the first payment system in India with which you can transfer money with 160 banks.
India’s national payment corporation stated what they would be limiting UPI transactions to protect the ecosystem. However, they did not clear how they will limit the transaction amount. So, Whatsapp will have to make its limits according to the NCPI, which will take some time.
Requirements to send payment through Whatsapp:
- Bank account
- Debit card
- The receiver must have a UPI supported app.
Whatsapp’s instruction to the Indian banks is to transfer the money between receiver and sender via UPI.
Some of the Whatsapp payments supported banks are:
- JCIC Bank
- HDFC Bank
- Axis Bank
- State Bank of India
- Jio Payments Bank
Whatsapp believes that their payments feature in India would help local organizations too.
Whatsapp never compromises the security. The payment feature is safe to use as every other feature of Whatsapp. You will have to enter the UPI PIN to transfer each amount. This feature is available for iphone and android using the latest version.