Sending money to someone is already easy thanks to services like Venmo and Square Cash. Now, you can send money to friends and family through Gmail for Android, too. The new feature builds on a similar update Google introduced to Gmail on the web.
Google says recipients can send and request money right from within Gmail, no extra apps required. What’s more, recipients don’t need a Gmail address in order to take advantage of the feature. Once money is received, users can choose to deposit money they receive directly into their bank accounts—all at no cost.
The next time you compose an email, simply hit the attachment button and you’ll see an option to send money. The funds you send seemingly come out of your Google Wallet account, so if you plan on sending funds to someone, you’ll need a Gmail account (but not to request or receive money).
Great for planning trips
If you find yourself constantly fronting the bill for trips with family, Gmail’s new feature is a good way to make sure you get paid back.
Unfortunately, the feature is only available to folks in the U.S., with no word on whether it’ll roll out overseas.