You Can Now Split the Check with Facebook
Facebook Messenger Payments… Will You Use it?
It has happened to all of us at some point or another. And for those who eat out often, it happens more often. Let’s suppose you order a pizza, and you offer to pay under the assumption that your friends will pay you back for their share. A day passes and nobody pays. Then two days. Then three. Soon, it has been a couple of weeks, and nobody has pitched in for the dinner that they were all supposed to pitch in for.
It may not be a big deal for most meals; it’s not that much money after all. But it makes you wonder if they’re truly forgetting, or if they’re choosing to forget. You start to regret picking up the tab and wondering if the next time you are all out together if they will conveniently forget to pay you back again.
It’s a good thing Facebook has come up with a way to make getting paid back easier.
Introducing Group Payments in Messenger
Prior to this update, FB Messenger already had this feature that allows users to send and receive payments to and from one another. The limitation, however, is that the transaction can only be between two persons.
With the latest update, sending and receiving of money can now be done among groups of people on Messenger. There’s a catch, however. For now, the feature is only available to Android and desktop users in the U.S. We’re sure that won’t stay for long, though.
And by the way, as an upgrade to its current person-to-person payments feature, the group payments feature only accepts payments via Visa or MasterCard debit cards. For now at least.
How does the Group Payment feature work?
The process is fast, free, simple and secure. As Facebook said in their announcement message: “As always in Messenger, you don’t need to remember a password, your debit card information is safe and secure, and the service is totally free.”
To use the feature, first, tap on the plus sign on the bottom left hand corner of a group conversation to find more features, then tap the payments icon ($).
Second, select those who you want to send funds to or request cash from. Remember to review your selection to make sure everyone you want included gets included.
Third, enter the amount you want to request per person, or the total amount you want divided evenly. You can either include or exclude yourself from the calculation.
Fourth, specify what the payment is for, like a pizza party, or maybe a gift for a teacher or a friend celebrating her birthday.
Finally, tap Request.
Once the request has been sent, you can easily keep track of who has ‘done their duty’ because every time someone makes a payment, a message will appear in the group conversation. And if you want to check the full details pertaining to your request, just click on View Request and you’ll be given a full-screen view.
Check out Facebook’s video on how to use the feature below.
Bring Your Devices to iDoctor
Remember when you had to carry cash or a check to restaurants? And if you wanted to use a credit card they seemed irritated because there was a big clunky slider machine to use? We have come a long way now that we can make payments with the click of a few buttons on our phones.
Of course if those phones are broken, it’s harder to make a payment. Bring them to iDoctor, we do all sorts of phone repairs. But we don’t just do phones! We have recently started offering IT services to those in Billings. We can set up your home network, or your business network. Give us a call at 406-534-2547 to learn more.