Good news for iPhone and iPad owners who wish there was a quicker way of sending money through PayPal. Thanks to an app update that introduces Siri support, iOS 10 users will now be able to send and receive cash via voice commands.
By using people’s names from their contact address book, PayPal account holders can now issue commands such as "Hey Siri, send Bill $50 using PayPal," and "Request $20 from Dad with PayPal.” Siri will ask for confirmation of the request before it’s processed.
As long you say the word “PayPal” in the voice command, Siri will know to associate it with the app, which means you don’t have to use specific commands. Saying something like “Paypal Rob $10” will work in the same way as a more formal voice request.
As with the traditional method, anyone receiving a Siri PayPal payment will get an email informing them that someone is trying to send cash. The recipient can then open up their PayPal account, or create one, to accept the money.
While Siri can be accessed from the lock screen, confirming payments and requesting money requires a device to be unlocked, which should help alleviate security concerns. As noted by The Verge, Siri can be used to transfer money in other available apps, including Square Cash, Paypal subsidiary Venmo, and UK bank Monzo.
Paypal said it did $41 billion in peer-to-peer (P2P) volume across PayPal, Venmo and Xoom over the last year. It expects more than 17 million P2P transactions to take place in December, and this “early Christmas present” of Siri integration should make the process even quicker and easier.
Siri voice integration is now rolling out to 30 different countries and in a variety of languages.