WhatsApp beta for Android recently introduced a new payment chat shortcut that allows users to send payments directly from the app. WABetaInfo reports that the payment feature is being tested for the iOS version of the app. And like on Android, the new payment chat feature will launch in India and Brazil.
Previously, it was reported that the social messaging company is will be launching multi-device support on the iPad version of the app. Presumably, the support will offer push notifications. In addition, the platform will soon allow users to transfer their chat histories between iOS and Android smartphones including all conversations, media, and voice notes.
WhatsApp Pay chat shortcut coming to iOS
Last month, WhatsApp Pay went live in Brazil after getting regulatory approval. The new payment method works like Apple Cash on iMessage that enables users to transfer cash without paying a transfer fee. However, there is a cash limit like users can send and receive up to $184 per transaction and in a month, users can send and receive up to $920.
After being available to Android users in Brazil and India, the WhatsApp Pay chat shortcut will be coming to iOS. Previously, the option was housed in the chat action sheet, and now the payment button is placed directly on the chat bar. The reports states:
This button is available for Indian users that have installed the recent versions of WhatsApp beta for Android 2.21.17. People from Brazil might also be eligible to get the same button for their currency, but there is no evidence right now. If you’re from Brazil and you see the payment chat shortcut, be free to report!
The button is also under development on WhatsApp for iOS, and it will be available in a future update.
The app’s parent company Facebook has been exploring new ways to generate revenue on its social apps after Apple’s App Tracking Transparency privacy feature on iOS 14.5 restricts developers from invasively tracking users across third-party apps and websites to run targeted ads.