You can now send and receive money in Facebook Messenger through PayPal

JP Mangalindan Senior CorrespondentYahoo Finance

Last year PayPal and Facebook collaborated to offer 2.5 million U.S. consumers to use their Facebook Messenger for communicating between PayPal users.

In addition to enabling P2P payments with PayPal in Facebook Messenger, PayPal are also introducing their first-ever PayPal customer service bot for Messenger, so PayPal customers can seamlessly receive payment and account support directly in the app.

The integration is rolling out for customers residing in the United States. Starting today, users in the USA will be able to send and receive payments using their PayPal account without necessarily having to leave your messaging app or having to bring out your bank details or something. When writing a message in the app users can tap the blue plus icon, choose whether they want to send or request money, write in the amount and then tap the green button to confirm the payment. You just need to choose PayPal as your funding source and then do your usual log-in details, and then money can be sent and received, just like that.

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"Although Messenger is widely used ... consumers have been slow to warm up to the idea of interacting with chat bots and paid advertising in messaging applications", eMarketer principal analyst Debra Aho Williamson, said earlier this year. In 2016, the two companies inked a person-to-person deal, letting Messenger users shop and pay through the e-payment system. Now, Facebook is bringing PayPal into the fold.

In an effort to make this feature as smooth as possible, there will be a PayPal customer service bot available to users without having to leave Facebook's app. The feature is now available on iOS devices and will soon be available on Android. We are not sure whether Facebook will make this feature available for the desktop users as well. Let us know down in the comments.

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