It can be difficult to choose from all the third-party payment apps that help send money securely using your mobile device, but as of March 14, Android users can save that space on their phone by using their Gmail app to transfer funds. If you're wondering how to send money in Gmail on Android, I have good news: This new feature is a fast, easy, and, most importantly, a secure way to send and receive money on the go. There are no fees for either the sender or the receiver, and no additional apps to download. To get started, all you need is access to your Gmail on your Android device, the recipient's email address, and a U.S. bank account or debit card.
As TechCrunch points out, Google Wallet users have been able to send and receive payments over Gmail on the web since 2013; however, this is the payment feature's debut on mobile platforms. While the mobile version of the feature is currently only available on Android, recipients of payments do not have to be signed up with Google Wallet or even have a Gmail address to access the cash. Non-Android users being paid through the new feature will receive a link to the Wallet website where they can transfer the funds to their bank account. So far the feature is only available in the United States and requires a U.S. bank account or debit card to be linked to your Google Wallet to work.
To learn more about how to use the new mobile payment feature, check out Google's announcement on their blog. Here's how to get started using the popular email's money transfer feature, and make splitting that dinner bill as easy as a few taps: