Facebook has announced a new partnership between its Messenger service and PayPal. With the new partnership, the former will be gaining the ability to allow users to pay friends via the latter. The feature is currently being rolled out to those on iOS. Those using Android will have to wait until some point in the future to gain the functionality.
To use the feature, while in a one-to-one conversation with someone, you can tap the blue “+” icon and then the payments “$” icon. From there, enter any amount you wish, give it a quick note, and then tap “Pay.” A dialog will then be presented for you to connect either your PayPal account or your debit card. You’ll also have the option of switching your default payment process to PayPal if you’ve already set up this feature. Afterward, your money will be sent to the friend you’re speaking to. Currently, the feature is only available to those in the United States.
If you need help with the feature, PayPal is also introducing a support Messenger bot which you can contact at m.me/PayPal or by searching for PayPal in the app. Currently, making group payments with PayPal isn’t available, but expect it to go live in a future update to Messenger.
You can download the latest version of Messenger for iOS here.