Instagram Launches Payment Feature Within App For Select Users

Doug Carpenter
May 7, 2018

Great news for WhatsApp users as they can now play Facebook or Instagram videos right in their conversations without ever being kicked over to another app.

For now, the Native Payments feature is available for booking appointments at a limited number of partners such as restaurants or salons. Instagram was planning to add this service this service since 2017. With the help of the app, user can book a table within the Instagram page of Resy. As per the new payment application, which is now displayed in the login of specific users, one can enter payment details into the app along with a PIN for more secured access. It's unclear if peer-to-peer payments might come to Instagram, but having a way to add a credit or debit card on file is a critical building block to that feature.

TechCrunch reported that several users in the USA have already received the feature to shop and make payments in Instagram.

The payments option on Instagram will work with its Shoppable Tags.

The feature is not yet now available on Android, and we can expect it to roll-out soon.

After Facebook bought Instagram in 2012, the photo-sharing app been through an evolutionary change since its launch. The rollout of the payments feature has also been confirmed by Instagram. And there is no official information that when this feature will be able for Indian users. It let users transfer money to bank accounts and also pay for goods and services bought offline.

While Instagram has started testing its payments feature only now, rival Snapchat had started testing something very similar in February this year. All users will need to do is, head to the dedicated Insta page of the particular movie and click on the payments option. Now at F8 Developer Conference, Facebook CEO, Mark Zuckerberg has acknowledged the departure of the Koum.

"As 800 million use Instagram each month to discover and follow their passions, more and more people are using it to connect with businesses they love", Instagram said in a blog post celebrating reaching 25 million listed businesses last November. The feature is now said to be in beta testing and will soon be rolled out globally.

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