Google enables autopay via UPI on Play Store: here’s how it works

  • Google will now allow users to pay for Play Store subscriptions using UPI
  • The process is very similar to using card-based recurring payments
  • Users can add their UPI ID for game or entertainment apps

Google announced on Tuesday that it is adding the ability for users to pay for subscriptions using their UPI IDs. The process will remain similar to using any debit or credit cards, but use a user’s linked UPI accounts to debit recurrent payments for any service that they avail. The feature comes in light of the restrictions imposed on online recurring transactions by the Reserve Bank of India (RBI), which stated that services can no longer save card information of users on file — in light of a growing number of thefts of credit and debit card information leading to mass scale financial frauds around the country.

How to use UPI for Google Play Store payments

To use UPI for Google Play Store, users will be required to access the payments section. From this section, they will need to add their registered UPI IDs to their Google accounts, in order to be able to make payments. Adding this medium will allow services to deduct charges for paid apps and in-app subscriptions by directly using UPI IDs.

On the subscription screen for any service, users can now select their added UPI ID, and use this ID to sanction a subscription payable to their UPI ID. The customers will be required to authenticate the first transaction on their UPI ID by using their UPI security PIN, but the same will not be asked at a later stage when the subscription is renewed every month — in line with how card-based recurring payments have worked historically.

Saurabh Agarwal, head of Google Play retail and payments activation for India, Vietnam, Australia and New Zealand, said in a post that Google Play today offers paid services across 170 markets, and offers 300 local payment methods accessible in over 60 countries. “UPI is one such payment option,” the executive added.

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