WhatsApp could soon let users request money from contacts

“Mention of Request Payment feature has been found in the code of the latest version of WhatsApp for Android”

The popular instant messaging app WhatsApp recently launched its much-awaited UPI-based payments feature in India. The new feature essentially makes it convenient to transfer or accept money through the messaging app, within the chat itself. However, while other digital payment platforms have incorporated a handy feature to request money from someone, this functionality is currently missing from WhatsApp. Though, WhatsApp is now apparently working towards incorporating the feature into its platform.


As spotted by KillerFeatures, the code snippet of the latest version of WhatsApp for Android, has the ‘Request Money’ feature mentioned in several places. The code also revealed several features like “your payment request to ‘user’ expired”, ” the ‘user’ declined your payment request”, “waiting for payer”, and “request expired”etc. The new revelation confirms that WhatsApp is working on a user-friendly ‘Request Money’ option, which will land on the app soon. If the feature finds its way to the app, we can expect streamlined bill procurements for WhatsApp Business users as well.

To recall, the WhatsApp Payment transfers money directly to the bank, thanks to the IMPS-based UPI integration. WhatsApp has partnered with an array of small and big banks in India to make it convenient for its 200 million strong user base.


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