PayPal Adds a QR Code Scanner for Sending & Receiving Funds

An update to the PayPal app for Android is making its way into the Play Store today, bringing a new personal QR Code for receiving funds and a QR scanner to send them.  The update, version 6.20.1 for those keeping score at home, a new “Scan to Send Money” button on main home display.  Tapping it will bring up a built-in QR code scanner which has a second “Share” tab which will display your own QR code so you can receive funds from friends.

The introduction of QR Codes into PayPal is aimed to cut down on the time it takes when you are with friends or family to setup and transfer funds between each other.  No more having to request their linked email address to the service or even their PayPal.me link.

Like your PayPal.me link, the new QR code can also be accessed by tapping your avatar in the app.  There you will see a QR icon next to your avatar on the settings page which you can tap to open up the scanner or to show your own code.

Once you have scanned a friend’s code, you can then enter the amount of money you want to send to them and complete the transaction.

PayPal is a free service & a free app you can download in the Play Store.  For those who have it installed, look for this update over the course of the next few days.

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