WhatsApp has obtained a brand new function for Android beta customers that permits you to request cash from contacts. Because the function was noticed in testing, WhatsApp Funds solely allowed customers to ship cash to contacts. Nevertheless, even now, the request cash function doesn’t work if you choose the contact straight. As a substitute, this WhatsApp function is restricted to funds initiated by UPI ID and QR code. It’s a part of the Android beta replace v2.18.113, and is reportedly accessible solely to a small variety of customers of the app. For these unaware, the UPI-based funds operate of the app is presently underneath testing in India.
To make use of the brand new request cash function on WhatsApp beta for Android v2.18.113, go to Settings > Funds > New Funds after which select between To UPI ID and Scan QR code. After you confirm the UPI or scan the QR code, and choose a recipient, can be proven a pop-up that offers you two choices: Pay Cash (will probably be referred to as Ship Cash as an alternative in the event you scan a QR code) and Request Cash. To recall, beforehand, customers have been solely proven the Pay or Ship Cash choices. The requests are legitimate for 24 hours, after which they are going to expire. Telecom Discuss first reported the event. Notably, the function is barely seen for a restricted variety of customers on the WhatsApp beta for Android. It’s amongst a number of rolled out in latest days, together with the flexibility to re-download deleted media and the brand new vCard indexing function.
Apparently sufficient, we present in our testing that no matter whether or not the recipient of the cash request has WhatsApp Funds enabled, they are going to obtain the request within the type of an SMS from one other UPI fee app. This might be through their financial institution, or, from an app like PhonePe, and this seems to depend upon what UPI fee technique is utilized by the person. Google Tez recipients acquired an in-app notification. That is regardless of the VPA handle (UPI ID) being one generated by WhatsApp. After requesting cash, the Settings > Funds part will now have a Fee requests part, which exhibits the standing of pending requests. Declined or authorized requests will go the Fee historical past part.
What do you consider the brand new Request Cash function? Will it’s helpful? Do you obtain a funds request inside WhatsApp itself, or in an SMS like we skilled in our testing? Do allow us to feedback part beneath.