PayPal and Facebook have worked out a relationship that will allow FB users to send money right through the messaging platform. FB Messenger users can now send and request money directly in the app via their PayPal accounts.
This feature was already available to Skype users few months back and BBM few years back. Now, it’s FB messenger turn. The ability to send and request money in Messenger gives people more choice and more convenient ways to get things done in different contexts.
Facebook Messenger and PayPal initially partnered last year to enable customers to link their accounts and use PayPal to shop on Messenger. The new announcement expands the partnership into peer-to-peer payments.
Android and iOS users will have the option of sending and requesting money in Messenger. The new option is available by tapping the blue plus icon within Messenger, then selecting the green Payments button to send or request money. Here, you can select PayPal as the source when making a payment to a Messenger contact.
At this moment, the peer-to-peer payments system is only available in the U.S. to iOS user for now. Android users and the rest of the world will get theirs with time.
Additionally, PayPal customers can now use a customer service chat bot in Messenger allowing them to reset passwords, handle account inquiries and helping with payment issues in the app.