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Instagram quietly launches payments for commerce

The payments option once rolled out to all users will allow them to make purchases directly on the app. The Instagram payments feature is now available only to select users, however, we expect the global rollout to happen very soon, most possibly in the next few months to come. According to the reports, Instagram integrated the payment service like other apps where users can save details of their debit and credit card and make payment of their purchase directly from Instagram instead of leaving the Instagram app. After all, Instagram and Facebook do heavily rely on the feature and it makes sense that it caters to a wider audience as well.

A sample of businesses in the United Kingdom and the USA are now accepting in-app payments for services, such as booking restaurant tables or taking hair appointments, without needing users to leave the app.

Earlier, if consumers clicked in an Instagram or even face book video connection, it'd available within their respective programs installed on tablets. According to report, the payments feature is now available for only a few Resy customers, though.

Great news for WhatsApp users as they can now play Facebook or Instagram videos right in their conversations without ever being kicked over to another app. For additional security, the registered profile can also be locked with a security pin. The options would be accessed in the Group Info under the "Group Settings" section.

While Instagram has started testing its payments feature only now, rival Snapchat had started testing something very similar in February this year.

India is crowded with the UPI based payments app like PayTM, PhonePe, Tez, BHIM, SBI Pay etc. and now WhatsApp Payments!

If Instagram brings this in a full-fledged manner for all its users, this will change the buying patterns of a lot of young users.

If the native payments feature works out well, Instagram can turn into a major player in online retail. This means users will be able to book movie tickets via the Instagram app. There's a neat trick to open WhatsApp chat without opening the app. The photo-sharing app recently announced a couple of updates to its Stories feature on Android, including the ability to upload multiple photos and videos at the same time. A maximum of four people can do video and voice calls at once.

Meanwhile, Facebook Messenger would also receive some major changes including the AR camera effects.

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