Receiving payments from friends just got easier, be it after a day-out or making contributions towards a noble cause. Facebook recently launched their group payments feature on the Messenger.

In 2015, Facebook launched the person-to-person payments on the Messenger, but was only possible between two users, just like the regular chats between two friends. However, the new group feature, which works like group chats, will allow members to pay one another.

To make a payment, simply follow these steps:

  • Tap on the plus sign in the group conversation, it appears on the bottom left-hand corner.
  • Tap on the new payments icon which appears as a ‘$’ sign
  • Select the people you want to send money or request funds from. You’re allowed to either select everyone in the group or just a few members, as the case maybe.
  • Input the amount per person or the sum to be shared equally (you could include yourself in the computation, if need be)
  • Enter the reason for the payment – gifts, day-out, party, etc.
  • Tap on Request.

For audit trail, a message will appear in the group chat to show who has paid.

The payment process is free, simple and fast, and all the debit card information is stored in a secure environment.

The group payments feature has gone live in the US. It should be available in other countries soon.