As per the company, this move contributes Meta CEO Mark Zuckerberg’s plan for business messaging that will become the “next major pillar” for the company’s sales growth.
WhatsApp will now allow users in India to make payments on the app using UPI apps, debit cards, credit cards and net banking. The Meta-owned messaging app has partnered with Razorpay and PayU to bring more payment options for the users. This move aims to encourage users to make purchases on the platform.
As per the company blog, “We are going to bring such a feature for you, through which you will be able to easily make purchases while chatting. Starting today, people in India can add items to their cart and make payments through all UPI apps running in India, through any of their preferred methods like debit and credit cards. We’re glad to partner with Razorpay and PayU to make paying for anything as easy as sending a message.”
The UPI apps now include Google Pay, PhonePe, Paytm and more. Earlier, users could pay via these apps on WhatsApp but only after being redirected to outside WhatsApp.
Notably, there are over 500 million WhatsApp users in India, but the WhatsApp Pay users are capped at 100 million only.
As per the company, this move contributes Meta CEO Mark Zuckerberg’s plan for business messaging that will become the “next major pillar” for the company’s sales growth. A WhatsApp spokesperson stated, “While WhatsApp Pay users will remain capped in India, there is no such limit on the number of users permitted to transact with businesses on WhatsApp using the other methods.”