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Facebook brings group payments to Messenger

It'll make splitting expenses that much easier.
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Two years ago, Facebook introduced a feature on Messenger that allowed you to send money to your friends and vice versa. That's great if you only need to pay one person, but not so convenient if you have a bunch of people you need to divide a restaurant check with. Today, however, Facebook introduced a new group payments feature on Messenger that makes it easier to either pay a bunch of people at once, or to request them to pay you.

Just like with the one-on-one payments feature, all you need to do to get started is to hook up your Facebook account with a debit card, which you can then associate with a PIN to authorize your payments. Now when you're in a group conversation in Messenger, you can tap the Payments icon (which you can find by tapping the plus sign in the bottom left corner). From there, choose the folks in the convo that you want to either send or ask money from, enter in the desired amount plus an accompanying note, and send it off.

If you're the one requesting money from a group of friends, you can either enter in the desired amount per person, or you can enter in a total, and the app will automatically divvy up the per person amount for you. From there, you'll be able to track who has paid and who hasn't.

The service will be available for free for all Messenger users in the US and will be available for both iOS and Android. Now that it's so easy to pay up, it's time to tell your buds their freeloading days are over.

In this article: facebook, gear, internet, messenger, mobile

Raised in the tropics of Malaysia, Nicole arrived in the United States in search of love, happiness and ubiquitous broadband. That last one is still a dream, but two out of three isn't bad. Her love for words and technology reached a fever pitch in San Francisco, where she learned you could make a living writing about gadgets, video games and the internet. Truly, a dream come true. Other interests include baseball, coffee, cooking and chasing after her precocious little cat.

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