The Instant messaging app WhatsApp has introduced the Payments Backgrounds feature in India to upgrade the experience of money transfers on its platform.

The new feature will allow users to select a relevant background when sending money to friends or family using WhatsApp Payments.

How to choose a payment background on WhatsApp

Users can select a payment background when they’re making a new payment on WhatsApp by tapping the backgrounds icon on the ‘Send Payment’ screen.

Once you tap that icon, the app will show you the available list of backgrounds at the bottom from where you can pick the one that matches your payment theme.

WhatsApp has added a list of seven backgrounds from which you can choose the most relevant when sending money to your loved ones.

Users can also add a note alongside the background to describe the reason for your payment or highlight your expression.

Once done, the recipient will be able to see the background along with the amount of the payment you have made.

Designed in partnership with the National Payments Corporation of India (NPCI), on the Unified Payment Interface (UPI), the payments feature now enables transactions with over 227 banks.

“With payments backgrounds, our effort is to bring excitement to everyday payments through WhatsApp and enable users to express themselves through a range of emotive themes denoting celebrations, affection, warmth, or fun. We believe that sending and receiving money is so much more than just a transaction. Often, it’s the stories behind the exchanges that are priceless,” said Manesh Mahatme, Director of WhatsApp Payments.

“We look forward to creating more features and functionalities and continue making payments on WhatsApp an interesting and interactive experience,” Mahatme said.

The experience is available for both Android and iPhone users in the country and is aimed to deliver a personalized payments experience to users.

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