We’ve been able to send and receive money on Messenger since 2015, but these payments have only been available between two users. Now, with group payments on the platform, users can do a lot more – split a bill at a restaurant for example.
It was just the other day that users in the United States got access to Messenger’s AI assistant, M. Today, Facebook announced that it would be starting group payments between groups of people on Android and desktop. Again. users in the United States get the feature first. And it’s a really useful one, so I hope we all get it soon too.
Payments between groups of friends on Messenger are easy. Facebook explains the process in the announcement for the feature,
Simply tap on the plus sign in the bottom left hand corner of a group conversation to find more features, and tap the payments icon ($). Then, choose who to send or request money from. You can choose everyone in the group or only a few members. Enter the amount you want to request per person or the total sum to divide evenly, either including yourself in the calculation or not. Finally, you can specify what the money is for — maybe a pizza party, teacher gift or more. Once you’re ready, tap Request.
But that’s not all… as soon as a payment has been made, users will see a message telling them who has been paid. Also, group members will be able to check the “Request Details” in full. It’s safe, free, simple, and more importantly – secure. As long as you don’t get hacked. You won’t have to remember any card details or a password either. Glorious!
You can find further information about the new feature here.