WhatsApp for Android beta can now scan QR codes for payments

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WhatsApp’s UPI-based payments feature has just received a new update in the app’s Android beta avatar. The tool has so far only allowed transactions to be made to UPI IDs, but the upgrade brings the option of QR code scanning as well.

To recall, WhatsApp had recently introduced a ‘Send to UPI ID’ choice which allowed users to directly send cash to someone instead of having to open a chat and then attach the money. The QR code option is now right next to it.

To check it out, WhatsApp for Android beta version 2.18.93 should be installed. It’s then simply a matter of going to Settings, followed by Payments, New Payments, and then Scan QR code.

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A new camera view window will then pop up. The amount to be transferred and UPI Pin will have to entered at this point before the transaction can take place successfully. The change is a direct challenge to Paytm, another app which supports peer-to-peer payments through QR codes.

Other than monetary modifications, WhatsApp has also added a couple of minor changes to the way GIF search works. As reported by WABetaInfo, people will soon be allowed to seek out GIFs in various categories like LOL, Dancing, Happy, Sad, and Trending.

Even WhatsApp’s stickers will be searchable. Individuals are also going to be allowed to star GIFs for use later. These features are disabled at the moment because of developmental reasons and are due to go live in the next release.

You can download the WhatsApp for Android beta via APKMirror.