It was back in 2015 when Facebook first allowed Messenger users to pay each other from within the messaging app. The feature can come in handy if you need to quickly transfer money to a friend for that salad you had for lunch, for example. Facebook has gradually been improving the features for group chats over the past few months and it’s now bringing the ability to transfer money in group chats to Messenger. This feature is live now for Messenger users.
Starting today, Messenger users on desktop and Android can send or receive money between groups of people on Messenger. The feature is simple, fast, and free. This is going to allow Messenger users to quickly settle a restaurant bill, chip in for a group gift, and more from within their group chat.
Sharing money within a group chat is easy enough. Just tap on the plus sign in the bottom left-hand corner and tap on the payments icon. There the user can choose who to send or request money from. It’s possible to choose individual members or everyone in the group.
Users can enter the amount they want to request or the total sum which will be divided evenly. A little note can be added with the money request to let the recipients know what they’re paying for.
A message will be displayed in the conversation showing who in the group chat has paid. The Messenger group payments feature is live now but it’s only available for users in the United States.