Facebook messenger just got a much-awaited feature that will help in group payments following its individual payments feature that was introduced in 2015.
Facebook is continuously updating and introducing new features in its Messenger. Recently Facebook announced a much-awaited feature of group payment. Facebook already lets individuals send payments to one another since 2015 so adding group support is the logical evolution of an already convenient feature. The payments feature essentially works the same in group chats as in private ones but now allows users to pay either everyone in the group or individual members through a click of the payments icon (the dollar sign).
The payments icon can be selected by first clicking on the plus sign on the bottom-left side of the group conversation.
Facebook suggests the new feature would be useful for groups where everyone is chipping in on a purchase like a group gift or are splitting a restaurant bill. These are areas where people today still tend to turn to standalone payment services, like PayPal, Venmo or Square Cash. In addition to sending payments to other group members, you can request payments from the group right within your chat.
The group chat will include updates on who has paid, so you can shame friends who are tardy in paying their share. Each member of that group message will receive the request, then should promptly pay you, or at least give you an excuse as to why their payment will come in late. Tap this, then select the people you'd like to request funds from. At any time, you can also view the Request Details in full-screen.
The move to add group payments to Messenger also comes at a time when Facebook has been rumored to be preparing the launch of a digital payments business in India within its other messaging app, WhatsApp.
Starting today in the US, users on Android and desktop PC can send payments to and split payments between groups of people. Presumably, the iPhone version of Messenger will add support for group payments very soon.
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