Google Play Store adds UPI as a new payment option for users in India
Google today announced the addition of UPI as a new payment option available on the Google Play Store for its users in India. Over the next few weeks, UPI will show up as a new payment option on the Play Store in India for purchasing apps, games, and in-app content using your preferred UPI app including BHIM, Google Pay, Paytm and PhonePe. Users will simply need to link their UPI ID (VPA) in Google Play Store Billing, and use their bank account to conveniently make app and in-app purchases.
The addition of UPI as a payment option on the Google Play Store will allow even more people to enjoy premium apps, games, and in-app content, while helping developers and creators reach a wider audience for their apps and content.
Talking about the addition of UPI as a new payment option on the Google Play Store, Saurabh Agarwal, Head of Google Play Retail & Payments Activation – India, Vietnam & New Zealand, Google said, “Indian app developers are already building successful businesses on the Google Play Store offering a range of great apps across categories, and we are committed to helping them grow. One way to make this happen is to make it even easier for people to pay for apps and in-app content, which is why we are pleased to add Unified Payment Interface (UPI) as a new payment method to the existing roster of credit or debit card, net banking, direct carrier billing, and gift cards options.”
UPI has grown over 50 times since its launch in August 2017, clocking 918 million transactions in August 2019 alone. A payment system that enables transfers, directly from one bank account to another, its ease and convenience has helped it outpace all other forms of digital payment in India. Users across the country are now choosing UPI for everything from utility bill payments, mobile recharges, in-store transactions and much more.
The Google Play Store helps people find their favorite apps, games, movies, TV shows, music, books and more, on the device of their choice. With more than 2 billion active users in 190+ countries around the world, Play is also an important distribution platform for developers to build a global audience.