You can already reliably and safely share photos and files on the go with Gmail. Starting today, you can share money, too. The goal, seemingly, is to take on quick payment apps like PayPal, Venmo or Square Cash, by offering a feature to move money right within Gmail’s app. Google has integrated Google Wallet into its Gmail app for Android smartphones. As a result, the users can easily send or request money. A user simply needs to compose a mail and press the paper clip button to access the money transfer options. The sent money goes in the recipient’s Google Wallet and it can be transferred to the bank accounts without any additional fee.
You now have a new way to split the bill for dinner: Gmail for Android, Plus, you can exchange money with anyone—not just people with Gmail addresses. The new feature is placed within the attachment option, which is used to add media and document files to an e-mail. Sending money in Gmail is as easy as sending any other attachment. Google is currently rolling out the feature in the US with version 7.2.26 of Gmail for Android needed to enable. Google brought this money sending facility to the Gmail on the web in 2013. Now, Google Wallet has been integrated into the Gmail for Android. As a result, the Android users will be able to transfer money with a single tap. To redeem the money that you get via Gmail payment, simply open the message with attached money and tap on ‘Claim Money,’ you’ll then be redirected to a verification and sign-up page for Google Wallet.
This feature is currently available in the U.S. only on Gmail on the web or Android.
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