Facebook announced on Tuesday that it’s updating Messenger with a new group payment feature, aligning the social network to better take on services like Venmo.
Messenger has had a payment feature since 2015, but it was only possible to send money between two users. The update will allow groups to send and receive payments.
To send money, users can either do it in group chats or by selecting friends to send money to. Android and desktop users will be the first to enjoy the new group payment feature. No word on when the feature will be available on iOS, but it’ll most likely arrive very soon.
Any Messenger user can use the new feature for free. Currently, Messenger’s payment system only supports Visa and MasterCard.
How do you use the feature?
Facebook, in a press release for the update, announced how to use the new group payment system:
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.
Facebook also released a video showing just how simple it is to send payments. You can check out the video down below.