06 September 2021
WhatsApp has announced a new feature called Payments Backgrounds specifically for the Indian market. As the name suggests, this is related to WhatsApp Payments functionality that went live in India last year. The new feature is all about adding a personalized touch to the whole payment sending experience.
There are currently seven different Payments backgrounds to choose from. These are surrounded around particular themes like birthdays, holidays, and traveling. The team also has a special Rakshabandhan-themed background that will become available on August 22nd, the day Rakshabandhan will be celebrated around the country. It can be used while sending money to one's sister.
As for choosing how to select a background, you will be able to do so by tapping the backgrounds icon while sending a payment on WhatsApp. The app will show a list of all available backgrounds that we have already discussed. It will be up to the user which background they want to use for a particular payment.
The good thing is that the WhatsApp Payments Backgrounds feature is available for both Android and iOS. The rollout has begun and should become available for your particular unit with the latest update.
Manesh Mahatme, Director of WhatsApp Payments said,
“With Payments Backgrounds, our effort is to bring excitement to everyday payments through WhatsApp and enable our users to express themselves if they wish, 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.”