WhatsApp introduces international payments via UPI for Indian users

International payments on WhatsApp allow users to connect an Indian bank account to do bank transactions
An undated image of WhatsApp Logo. —Unsplash
An undated image of WhatsApp Logo. —Unsplash 

WhatsApp, the Meta-owned instant messaging platform, is reportedly working to grant Indian users access to international payments through its in-app Unified Payments Interface (UPI) service.

Whatsapp Payments or Pay was first released in India as an in-app feature in November last year, whereas for the time being, it's likely to add international payments with a limit of three months to boost the user experience of its financial services.

Taking to X (formerly Twitter), tipster @AssembleDebug stated, “International Payments on WhatsApp through UPI for Indian users. This is currently not available for users. But WhatsApp might be working on it as I couldn't find anything on Google about it.”

As shown in the screenshot shared by the tipster, the new feature was spotted in the Payments menu under the Forgot UPI PIN option.

Moreover, the feature is addressed as international payments and when the user clicks, it opens a separate screen where the user can select the start and end dates. The users will need to enter the UPI PIN to turn on the feature.

International payments allow users to connect with an Indian bank account to do transactions while selecting international merchants. The feature works in selected countries where banks have allowed international UPI services.

According to the tipster, this period in WhatsApp could be three months. Whereas, Google Play offers a transaction period of seven days. Respectively, Google Pay, PhonePe, and some other players in the UPI space offered this service before.