PayPal in Messenger Now Lets You Transact Money with Your Contacts

October 24, 2017, By Sanjeev Ramachandran

PayPal is making itself better out of its fruitful relation with Facebook Messenger. The company has announced that its money transaction services is getting integrated deeper with the instant messenger app from Facebook.

Messenger users will now be able to send and request money directly within the app through their PayPal accounts. Until now, PayPal was limited to shopping transactions. This will simultaneously push Facebook further into the payments space.

The option will be available under the green payments button after you proceed hitting the + button like you would normally do. The PayPal option will be available listed along with the debit card payment option that has been already available. Apart from delighting PayPal users, the feature will also serve useful to those wish to conceal their debit card information to Facebook.

Facebook and PayPal began their initial tie-up last year with which the former introduced the option of payments via PayPal for shopping on Messenger. The new announcement takes a step ahead by offering peer-to-peer transactions possible via PayPal inside the app.

The feature is currently available only in US, and for iOS users. The word is that it will soon hit the Android devices as well, but there’s no word on whether it will go beyond and reach other markets and platforms.

Definitely, it will just be a matter of time, given the desire of Facebook to spread its arm in the space. Facebook has had previous efforts of integrating payment services to its platform. The latest introduction will put them against other peer-to-peer payment options including those from Snapchat and Apple.

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