WhatsApp’s Payments feature is still stuck in the beta phase right now, with the brand constantly testing and adding new features to the platform. The latest tool to be added to its roster is a “Request Money” option.
As can be guessed by its name, Request Money simply allows you to ask for cash from a contact. This is completely new, as you were only allowed to send money till now. The option has shown up in the latest Android beta version of the app next to “Pay Money.”
Twitter user @FidatoCA was the first to notice the option and his tweet was later picked up by WABetaInfo. If you want to check it out, you’ll have to be on version 2.18.113 of WhatsApp’s beta and specifically navigate to Settings > Payments > New Payment.
At this point, you’ll have to enter the UPI address or scan the sender’s QR code. If you choose the former, the pop-up will show the aforementioned Request Money and Pay Money options. Tap on the first and either choose the name you want to send the cash to in the list or enter the person’s UPI ID directly.
Once the amount has been entered and the request has been sent, it’ll stick around for 24 hours. WhatsApp will inform you once your contact accepts or declines the appeal. According to Telecom Talk, Request Money only works with UPI IDs right now. This might change in the future as the tool gets more fleshed out.
You can download the most recent WhatsApp for Android beta from APKMirror.