Instagram starts trialling in-app payments

Instagram quietly launches payments for commerce

Instead, the native payments feature will allow users to purchase stuff without having to leave the app. 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.

Great news for WhatsApp users as they can now play Facebook or Instagram videos right in their conversations without ever being kicked over to another app.

Unlike the Messenger and WhatsApp payments feature, the Instagram feature isn't about peer-to-peer payments. In case you aren't aware, Instagram is owned by Facebook, just like WhatsApp. However, the update suggests the feature should not be too far away, and may be enabled in the next few months.

The company has a new payments feature where you can register a debit or credit card on your profile, set up a security pin and save the card for future use. Now Instagram has also rolled out a payments feature for select users.

The function has started to pop up for some in the United Kingdom and USA, prompting speculation that it is part of a test run for a future global roll-out.

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The photo and video sharing platform, which in November celebrated reaching 25 million listed business profiles, outlined its plans to "continue evolving business profiles" in March 2017 by rolling out the ability for users to book a service directly from a business' profile. If Instagram does find the feature useful and makes it available to all its userbase, it can go a long way to help businesses that run on Instagram.

Thankfully, with today's update to the service, you can now view videos from Facebook or Instagram right in a conversation thread itself without worrying that you would be force to leave WhatsApp for the duration of the video.

While Instagram has started testing its payments feature only now, rival Snapchat had started testing something very similar in February this year.

If Instagram brings this in a full-fledged manner for all its users, this will change the buying patterns of a lot of young users. Till now, brands used to promote products where users can click on the items and can make a purchase on the brand's website.

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