A sample of businesses in the United Kingdom and the U.S. are now accepting in-app payments for services, such as booking restaurant tables or taking hair appointments, without needing users to leave the app.
Instagram has announced earlier in March stating, "we'll roll out the ability to book a service with a business directly from their profile later this year", but there wasn't any announcement regarding this native in-app payment feature back then.
Till now this feature has not been rolled out global level, some users have received it while others not.
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As reported by folks at TechCrunch, this new payment feature allows users to purchase the items within the Instagram app, and for this, users need to register their debit or credit card in their profiles. Now users will be able to pay Resy directly through Instagram payment option for booking any table. Whats app iOS update 2.18.51 apparently brings the capability to watch Instagram and face book videos in-app. Snapchat also added this feature named as Snapcash, Instagram getting this feature little late. The native payment feature is backed by Facebook's payment system. What remains to be seen, is if Instagram will also introduce peer-to-peer payments similar to Messenger in the future.
To use the payments feature, Instagram users can head to the Settings option in the app and add their card details. At the time of acquisition in 2014, WhatsApp had just 450 million monthly active users and 315 million daily active users and now WhatsApp has more than 1.5 billion users and these users are sharing more than 60 billion messages every day.
In the days to come, Instagram will reportedly bring payments feature for booking movie tickets.
"As 800 million use Instagram each month to discover and follow their passions, more and more people are using it to connect with businesses they love", Instagram said in a blog post celebrating reaching 25 million listed businesses last November.