Instagram to Soon Allow Direct Shopping and Payments Inside the App

Instagram quietly launches payments for commerce		
	Josh Constine

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Payments have already been popularized among social media users through apps like Messenger and WhatsApp, and now Facebook is apparently testing out a similar feature via Instagram. It's unclear if peer-to-peer payments might come to Instagram, but having a way to add a credit or debit card on file is a critical building block to that feature. After setting up a card, users can use the payments feature to book an appointment at spas and restaurants from dinner reservation app Resy's Instagram page. In the future, users may also have the ability to purchase movie tickets. If they can get higher conversion rates because people don't quit in the middle of checkout as the fill in their payment info, brands might prefer to push people to buy via Instagram. Whatsapp also allows its user to transfer money directly through messaging app and make payment for the service and products they buy. Users will be able to view products and then complete the check-out process all within the Instagram app. Now for users those who have this feature, they can add their debit/credit cards and set a profile PIN for additional security. Whats app for organization, the recently introduced assistance targeting business, presently has 3 million users worldwide, " the face book CEO said. With time, we expect Instagram to roll out this feature to other countries as well.

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We've confirmed that the payment settings are now visible; some, but not all, users in the USA have it while at least some in the United Kingdom don't. The sticker feature is not yet made available to the users for development reasons, it will be enabled in the next releases, according to a report by WAbeta Info. They will also be able to make the payment for the booked table via Instagram. The in-payments feature on Instagram is a latest addition as its rival Snapchat had added Snapcash, a native payments solution, earlier. The feature is now said to be in beta testing and will soon be rolled out globally. Since there is no external way out, users are more likely to spend additional time on the photo-sharing app.

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