Google Pay on the web will soon kill off peer-to-peer payments

Google Pay on the web will soon kill off peer-to-peer payments

Following a major revamp last week, Google Pay is making an important tweak to how users can send and receive money in the U.S. Users who rely on Google Pay on the web are being told that in early 2021, they won’t be able to use pay.google.com to send and receive money from other people.

Unfortunately, the only solution (via Android Police) appears to be to download the new mobile app. Users will still be able to manage their finances, change payment sources, and more on the web, but it’s a shame the peer-to-peer option is being taken away from users who prefer to get work done on the desktop.

Google Pay web warning

Users will see a warning about the changes coming next year.

The new Google Pay app is a pretty big overhaul to the existing experience. It supports existing features like tap-to-pay and peer-to-peer transfers, but it also adds personal finance aggregation and more. While we’re sad to see a simple feature like peer-to-peer payments disappear from Google Pay on the web, the new experience on mobile more than makes up for it.

Perhaps the most exciting feature of the new service is that Google is partnering with some banks to offer online checking and savings accounts right inside the app. The new Google Pay will also offer financial insights, a feature that’s designed to provide users better financial awareness and education. With the new tools, the hope is to make it easier for users to save for major life goals, like saving for a car or a wedding.

For more details about the revamped experience, check out our coverage. Google also has a support page that details some of the things the new service can do, along with what will be disappearing along with the old Google Pay app.

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Brandon's love of technology can be traced back to his childhood, when he would obsessively watch Back to the Future. Since then he's followed the industry and its many innovations, from handheld consoles to powerful smartphones. He's still waiting on a hoverboard.