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.
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Back in April it was announced that PayPal would be integrating with Android Pay so it could be used as a payment option when you are using Android Pay at a retailer. That integration now is starting to show up for users. In the latest version of the PayPal app, you now have an option in settings to link the two payment services together. This then allows you to select it as your payment option when you are at a retail pay terminal.
The feature is rolling out now and is a combination of an app update. You need to make sure that you have the latest build of the PayPal app, version 6.12.0. If you have that and still don’t see the update, it is a matter of it being server-side loaded to your account.
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More news today regarding Android Pay. In addition to adding banks here in the US, Google and PayPal have announced a new collaboration effort which will bring PayPal to Android Pay as a payment option. The new effort was announced today and when it rolls out to users in the coming weeks, you will now have the option to link your account to Android Pay as a payment option when you use the service at a retailer.
The announcement came from PayPal this morning and is a big win for people (like me) who use both services to pay for things both online and in retail locations.
Coming soon, consumers in the U.S. will be able to use PayPal in Android Pay at retailers from Walgreens to Dunkin’ Donuts. This partnership will enable our customers to pay across even more contexts, and will extend PayPal’s mobile leadership and reach as consumers become more comfortable shopping and buying on their mobile devices.
The new service isn’t available just yet. According to the post from Google, you can expect it to come to both the PayPal and the Android pay app via updates in the coming weeks.
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A small update to the PayPal app is rolling out in the Google Play Store that brings the ability to add funds to your account at your local 7-Eleven. The update builds on a feature that was introduced late last year which saw the same feature come to local CVS and Rite Aid stores. How it works is pretty straight forward. Take your phone and the money you want to add to your account to a participating 7-Eleven. Go into the app and go to Manage Balance>Add Money>Add cash at a store. Follow the prompts and you will get a barcode that you need to show to the cashier. Once they scan that barcode and collect your money, the funds will appear in your PayPal account in about 15 minutes. Quick, simple and easy.
As you would guess, there is a convenience charge to do this type of transaction which is $3.95. Also keep in mind that not every 7-Eleven (or CVS or Rite Aid for that matter) is setup to take funds like this. You will need to check with your local store.
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The PayPal app for Android has been updated with full support of the Android Fingerprint API. That addition to the app means that you can use your fingerprint to sign into the app instead of having to use a PIN. The app, this point, has supported the Samsung Fingerprint API which was to the benefit of Samsung device owners. Now that they have moved over to the Android API, anyone with a fingerprint reader on their device will be able to sign into the app with it.
The setup of your fingerprint in the app is pretty easy and I’ll cover that after the break.
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The PayPal app for Android has been updated with several new features for users. One of the key new features is the ability to donate to hundreds of charities across the United States right from within the app. On the home page of the app you will now see a new Donate section. Tap this and you will see a searchable list of charities and organizations you can support through the app. Find the one you want to support then tap the donate button to send funds to that organization. It is quick and easy and allows you to get funds to the organizations you want to support quickly. One note is that, for now, this feature only works in the United States.
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PayPal has released an update to their app for Android that brings a great new feature for those who want to add money to their account. Now you can go to your local CVS or Rite Aid location and add funds to your account and it will show up within 15 minutes. The update is rolling out now and all users of the app should have the OTA update come to them over the course of the next few days.
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A few weeks ago PayPal launched PayPal Here for Windows 8.1, an app that allows you to take credit card and PayPal payments on your Windows PC or Tablet. This morning that same app has come to Windows Phone giving you the option to take payments in your place of business. No longer are you tied to being “behind the register” or, as the case may be, your Surface Tablet.
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It is an inexpensive way to get a point-of-sale going for your place of business in no time.
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