Messenger will be rolling out the Split Payments feature to all iOS and Android users across the US, according to Meta.
The new feature will enable users to share the cost of bills and expenses through the app. Meta has been testing this feature since late last year. The feature will offer a “free and fast” way to handle finances through Messenger.
You can click on the “Get Started” button in a group chat or the payments tab in Messenger, to use Split Payments. The feature allows you to split a bill evenly or modify the contribution amount for each individual in the group chat, either with or without yourself included.
There is also an option for a personalized message. You will be asked to confirm your Facebook Pay details and your request will be sent and viewable in your group chat thread. According to Meta, friends who are new to payments in Messenger can easily add payment details to send and receive money.
Meta in a blog post said, “If you’ve struggled with dividing up (and getting paid back for) group dinners, shared household expenses, or even the monthly rent, it’s about to get easier.” Earlier Messenger added Venmo-like QR codes, enabling person-to-person payments. The codes are launched in the US and allow anyone to send or request money through Facebook Pay, also those who are not Facebook friends. You can access this option under the payments section in Messenger’s settings.
Facebook Pay was launched in November 2019, to extend its payment system across the company’s apps for not just person-to-person payments, but for other things like donations and e-commerce.
The introduction of Split Payments alongside the launch of new voice message recording control will allow users to pause, preview, delete or continue recording a voice message before sending it. Also, the social media platform is increasing the duration of voice messages from one minute to 30 minutes.