In the spring, Facebook confirmed that they tested Venmo-like QR codes for person-to-person payments in its app in the US Today, the company announced that these codes are now being launched publicly for all US users, so anyone can send or request money Facebook Pay – even if they are not Facebook friends.
QR codes work in the same way as those found in other payment apps, such as Venmo.
The feature can be found under the “Facebook Pay” section of the Messenger settings, by tapping your profile icon at the top left of the screen. Here you get your personal QR code, which is similar to a regular QR code, except that it has your profile icon in the middle.
Below you will see your personal Facebook Pay UR, which is in the format “https://m.me/pay/UserName.”
Facebook notes that the codes work between all US Messenger users and do not require a separate payment app or any kind of contact entry or upload process to get started.
Users wishing to be able to send and receive money in Messenger must be at least 18 years old and must have a Visa or Mastercard debit card, a PayPal account, or one of the supported prepaid cards or government-issued cards to use the payment feature. They will also need to set their preferred currency to US dollars in the app.
Once the setup is complete, you can choose which payment method you want by default and possibly protect payments behind a PIN you choose.
The QR code is also available from the Facebook Pay section of the main Facebook app in a carousel at the top of the screen.
Facebook Pay was first launched in November 2019 as a way to establish a payment system that extends across the company’s apps for not only person-to-person payments, but also other features such as donations, stars and e-commerce, among others. Although QR codes take character from Venmo and others, the service as it is today is not necessarily a rival to payment apps because Facebook is collaborating with PayPal as one of the supported payment methods.
But even though the payment experience is separate from Facebook’s cryptocurrency wallet, Novi, it may be something that may change in the future.
The feature was introduced along with a few other Messenger updates, including a new zipper that makes it easier to reply to a photo or video without having to return to the main chat thread. Facebook also added new chat themes, including one for Olivia Rodrigo fans, another for World Oceans Day and one promoting the new F9 movie.