In a recent update from Gmail App, you can now send or request money in Gmail which is as easy as sending an attachment via an email. The method of sending or requesting money on Gmail right now is very easy to understand, and because of this, it seems that it will become a significant and popular tool soon.
The best part of this feature is that it is free from both ends and that will be an added advantage over Venmo or Square Cash. What is common between sending money from Gmail and Venmo or Square Cash is that all these services are currently available in the US only and if you are living outside the US, then you need to wait for a little bit longer.
One more let down as of now is that this service is available on Android smartphones only and not on iPhone or Windows phone for that matter. Let’s now check how we can send or request money in Gmail from your Android device.
How to Send or Request Money with Gmail for Android
First off, Make sure that your Gmail’s Android app is updated and if it is not then updated it from Google Play Store.
Step #1. If you got updated Gmail app then launch the app and tap on the Compose button, which is on the bottom left corner of your screen.
Step #2. Write the email Address of the person you want to send or request money.
Step #3. Now, tap on the attachment icon (paper clip) on the top right corner and from the drop-down menu select Send Money or Request Money.
Step #4. Enter the amount in dollars ($) as per your requirement and then tap on ‘Continue.’
Note: The payment will be made from your Google Wallet account and hence you need to have payment options set. If you have not added any card yet, then while doing the first transaction the app will ask to add a Debit Card, so tap on ‘Add Debit Card’ and fill up the required information and then tap on Save to continue.
If you have not added any card yet, then while doing the first transaction the app will ask to add a Debit Card, so tap on ‘Add Debit Card’ and fill up the required information and then tap on Save to continue.
Step #5. Add note regarding the nature of the payment.
Step #6. Tap on ‘Attach Money.’
Step #7. Tap on ‘Aeroplane icon’ to send or request the money.
Money sent will be credited into receiver’s Google Wallet account, but for those non-Google users, the same amount will soon have an option to get the amount in their bank accounts, without any charge.
Once the email is sent, both sender and receiver will get a confirmation email from Google Wallet with information like amount, payment mode, recipient, note and transaction ID.
Sending or requesting money from Gmail is just a new thing, so it will take some time to understand how easy or tough the procedure for the regular users, till then you can even use Facebook Messenger to send or receive money on Android or iPhone, if you are living in the US.
Once you use the Gmail for Android for sending and requesting money, do share your experience with us here in the comments section or on Facebook, Twitter and Google Plus, so that our other readers can get the idea how it exactly works.