WHATSAPP users can now request money from other chat app users, thanks to a new feature coming to select markets around the world.
|WhatsApp users can now send requests for money from other chat app users|
WhatsApp added the ability to transfer money within its chat app last year.
The feature is currently limited to India, one of the biggest markets for the Facebook-owned messaging app.
Until now, the functionality has allowed WhatsApp to wirelessly transfer money within the chat window via a QR code or Unified Payments Interface (UPI) ID.
However, WhatsApp recently started to test an interesting feature to the app – the ability to request money from friends.
Those running the latest beta on Android can test-out the feature now.
Users need to navigate to Settings > Payments > New Payments within the app, then tap the name of the contact who owes you money.
WhatsApp beta testers have noticed the new Request Money button
The software will give you a choice between either Pay Money and Request Money.
Previously, users were only shown the option to send money to another user within the chat app.
Requests for money are only valid within the app for 24 hours, beta testers have reported.
After that time limit the requests simply expire and users will need to send a fresh request.
Users have the ability to accept or reject requests for money received within the app.
WhatsApp users can keep track of these requests by heading to Settings > Payments > Payment Requests.
This shows the status of pending requests. Declined or approved requests are found in the Payment history menu.
The news comes as WhatsApp raised the minimum age requirement to use the service to 16 years-old within the European Union, ahead of the introduction of new EU privacy laws in May.
Previously, the messaging service required users to be at least 13, but from May 25th and with the introduction of the new General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR), it will increase for those inside the EU.
The Facebook-owned service will ask users to confirm their age when prompting them to agree to new terms of service on the platform in the coming weeks.
WhatsApp said it was not asking for any new rights to collect personal information as part of the new terms.
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