Using Siri to Send Money via PayPal

How To
// January 25, 2017

Siri is now smarter than ever! Apple users can completely rely on Siri as their personal assistant. There is no need to talk like a robot when commanding Siri. With its better API, users can now command Siri naturally as if you are just talking to your friend. For instance, you can tell Siri “tell my mom to pick up the groceries.”

With a smarter personal assistant, you can finish more tasks. You can also ask for simple commands like how’s the weather, check for the latest movies in Netflix, which are the nearby restaurants, play the most popular songs, create notes and reminders and also make reservations. From the simple opening of apps to calculation and searching of information, you can command Siri using your voice.

This is not the first time that users can use Siri for sending money. Apple also has this feature for Venmo, Square Cash, and Monzo which is perfectly safe.

How to Setup Siri To Send Money

Before you get to command Siri, you need to activate it first. To do that, you can enable “Hey Siri” so you can command your assistant even when your iDevice is connected to a power.

  1. From home screen, open Settings app.
  2. Tap Siri and tap the switch to turn it on.
  3. Enable “Hey Siri.”

Simply follow the instructions provided. You will need to speak “Hey Siri” three times. You will also have to say “How’s the weather today.” These are important for Siri to detect your voice immediately. With the Siri feature enabled, you can activate it by saying “Hey Siri” when your iDevice is connected to a power. To dismiss, simply say bye or see you later.

You can Use Siri to Send Money via PayPal

After the release of iOS 10, Siri can now capable of controlling other apps in order to provide you a better experience. You can use Siri for Photo and Video, Ride Booking, Workouts, Carplay, VoIP calling, Messaging and Payment apps which include PayPal. This feature works just like you would expect so sending and requesting money is just one voice away.

PayPal users are now able to request or send payments using their voice as long as their iPhone or iPad are running iOS 10. Make sure that you set up your PayPal account on your iDevice. Sending payment is just as simple as commanding, “Hey Siri, send Christy $70 with Paypal.” The app will do exactly what you requested and Christy will be delighted to have her money back right away! (Need Working Wifi on iPhone 7 to work)

To use Siri to Send Money via PayPal, follow these steps:

  1. Download and install the PayPal app on your iPhone or iPad. Set up your PayPal account. If you already installed it, make sure that you update the app to get the latest version.
  2. Press and hold the Home button to activate Siri.
  3. Siri interface will open. You can now command Siri, “Send $70 to (name) using PayPal” and Siri will ask to access your PayPal data and tap Yes.
  4. You will see a message “PayPal Would Like to Access Your Contacts.” Just tap the OK button to continue.
  5. Now, you will need to select the phone number or email of the recipient.
  6. Tap Send to continue.

That’s it! Once you have done it, you can just command Siri to send money using PayPal as it already has access to your contacts. There is no need for the recipient to have an iOS device running iOS 10. As long as they have an active PayPal account, they can receive the payment. Just make sure that you store their account details in your PayPal app. This way, Siri can easily determine where to transfer your payment.

Your device should also be unlocked in order to confirm the payment. Even though you can access Siri when your device is locked, it is not possible to confirm a request or payment without unlocking your device. This means that it is safe to use just like other apps that require Touch ID or PIN.

This feature is now available in 30 countries and in different languages: Australia, Austria, Belgium, Brazil, Canada, China, Denmark, Finland, France, Germany, Hong Kong, India, Israel, Italy, Japan, Malaysia, Mexico, Netherlands, New Zealand, Norway, Russia, Saudi Arabia, Singapore, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, Thailand, United Kingdom, United Arab Emirates and the United States.

To Sum It Up:

Sending and receiving money using PayPal is now easier with your smarter personal assistant Siri. Aside from using voice commands for basic searches, opening apps and playing music, you can use Siri for almost all your tasks including calculations, reservations, getting a ride and also for payment. Now that you can use Siri to send money via PayPal, your task has become easier. If you have any questions, let us know in the comment section below.

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