You can now ‘attach’ and send money via the Gmail app for Android

BY Bethwel Njore / March 15, 2017
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BY Bethwel Njore / March 15, 2017 / News

Google has now made it easier – much easier – to send money via the Gmail app for Android. Already, you can send money via Google Wallet through Gmail on desktop. Now, this feature will be available in the Gmail Android app (for Android, not iOS).

Even more interesting is how smooth it works. You simply tap on the attach button like you normally do when attaching photos, videos or documents, and now you’ll see a new option to ‘attach some money’. Better yet, your recipient need not have a Gmail email address for this to work. The money you send can be routed straight to their bank accounts once they’ve received it.

But how about the fees?

It’s free! Sending money via Gmail is free for both the sender and the recipient. This makes it a better option compared to sending money via Venmo or Square Cash, which are all alternative solutions that charge fees.

Receiving money via email

The first time you receive money via Gmail, you’ll need to enter a debit card where you want to transfer the money to. Once you enter this card, money will be deposited here any other time someone sends you cash via Gmail in the future.

Follow the following easy procedure to claim money sent to you via Gmail for the first time.

  • Open the Gmail app for Android
  • Open the message with attached money
  • Tap ‘Claim Money’

But even with the new development, there’s little luck for non-U.S. users regarding sending money via email. You couldn’t use Venmo if you were outside the U.S. The same happens to be the case with Gmail Android app. So if you’re not in the U.S., you’ll have to wait a little bit longer for now.

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