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Facebook is launching split payments feature for Messenger users to share expenses as quickly as possible

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Meta has announced a new split payments feature in Facebook Messenger. As the name suggests, this feature will let you calculate expenses from Facebook Messenger and split it with others. The feature essentially seems to bring about an easier way to share the cost of bills and expenses – for example, splitting a dinner bill with friends. Using this new Split Payments feature, Facebook Messenger users will be able to split bills equally or modify each person’s contribution, including their own.

The company announced the new split payments feature in Facebook Messenger in its blog post. 9to5Mac reports that this new bill splitting feature is still in beta and will be exclusive to US users at first. The rollout will begin early next week. As mentioned, this will help users share the cost of bills, expenses and payments. This feature is especially useful for people who share an apartment and need to split the monthly rent and other expenses with their peers. It can also come in handy in a group dinner with several people.

With Split Payments, users can add the number of people with whom the expense needs to be split and, by default, the amount entered will be split into equal parts. A user can also modify the contribution of each individual including his/her own. To use Split Payments, click the Get Started button in a group chat or Payments Hub in Messenger. Users can modify the contribution in split payment option and send a notification to all the users who need to make payment. After you enter a personal message and confirm your Facebook Pay details, the request will be sent and viewable in the group chat thread.

Once someone makes a payment, you can mark their transaction as ‘Completed’. The split payment feature will automatically take into account your share as well and calculate the outstanding amount accordingly.

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Tasneem Akolawala is a senior reporter for Gadgets 360. His reporting expertise includes smartphones, wearables, apps, social media, and the tech industry as a whole. She reports out of Mumbai, and also writes about the ups and downs in the Indian telecom sector. Tasneem can be contacted on Twitter at @MuteRiot, and leads, tips and releases can be sent to [email protected] more

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