Facebook wants you to use Messenger as a way to send money. Most people think of Venmo like the cash transfer app, but Facebook wants you to use Messenger. To help convince you to try its money transfer messaging features, the company is adding a new split payments feature.
“If you’ve had trouble dividing (and getting reimbursed) for group dinners, shared household expenses, or even monthly rent, everything will be easier. Next week, for Messenger fans in the US, we will begin testing split payments, a free and fast way to share the cost of bills and expenses, ”says The Messenger Team in a blog post .
Messenger has offered the option to pay people for some time, since Facebook Pay se launched in 2019, but the new feature allows you to do a group chat and request money from many people for a total. You can divide the payments evenly or request a certain amount from each person.
Facebook will begin testing the Split Payments feature the week of December 6, 2021 in the US. When available to you, you will need to click “Get Started” in a group chat or in the Facebook Pay section of the app. From there, you can choose a dollar amount and whether you want to divide it evenly (with or without yourself) or select specific amounts for each person.
It sounds useful enough, but having a group of people set up their payment details through Messenger so that you can use this feature seems more of a headache than it’s worth. Most of the people are already using Cash App, Apple Cash, Venmo or some other payment application , and they are unlikely to use a new one just because it has a unique feature.