Splitting a restaurant bill or splitting the costs of a group trip can be tedious. Meta is trying to make this easier by releasing its split payments feature for all Facebook Messenger users. The feature, which was previously on , is likely to be perfect for occasions when you’re splitting the cost of something with two or more people. For example, splitting the purchase of a new microwave with your three roommates, the cost of a new birthday present for grandma with your siblings, or even this weekend’s party.
If you or your friends are new to using Facebook Payments in Messenger, the feature will ask for payment details (debit or credit card or Paypal).
Here’s how it works. First, get all payers into a group chat on Messenger. Then tap the plus icon at the bottom of the screen or tap the group name and tap “Split payments”. You will see a prompt called “Get Started”.
From there, you can select whether to split payments with everyone in the group or exclude certain people (including you). You will be prompted to enter the total amount of the bill or payment. The feature then automatically divides the cost equally between the number of people you selected. If one or more people owe a little more, you can also manually enter a different amount.
Meta launching an account splitting function for Meta is arguably another way to keep up with payment apps like Venmo, Block (formerly known as Square) and Splitwise. But since many people already use Messenger to coordinate group activities or broadcast communications within a group, a messaging app might have an advantage here.
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