Google Play UPI Autopay feature rolled out in India, How useful is it?

    Google announced that it is rolling out Google Play UPI Autopay as a payment mechanism for subscription-based purchases on Google Play in India. This feature is aimed to make setting up subscriptions easy for the users.

    The NPCI has introduced Autopay under UPI 2.0 and it allows customers to make recurring payments using any UPI app which supports this feature. Customers can use any UPI application that supports the feature to make recurring payments thanks to UPI Autopay, which was introduced under UPI 2.0 by NPCI.

    Saurabh Agarwal, Head of Google Play Retail & Payments Activation – India, Vietnam, Australia & New Zealand, said, “We are always looking at adding popular and effective forms of payment around the world to ensure people can pay for apps and in-app content conveniently. With the introduction of UPI Autopay on the platform, we aim to extend the convenience of UPI to subscription-based purchases, helping many more people access helpful and delightful services – while enabling local developers to grow their subscription-based businesses on Google Play.”

    Google Play UPI Autopay to make subscriptions easy

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    Google Play announces the roll out of Google Play UPI Autopay feature in India

    Google Says UPI Autopay makes setting up subscriptions easy. After selecting a subscription plan for purchase, users need to simply tap on the payment method in the cart, select “Pay with UPI,” and then approve the purchase in their supported UPI app.

    Earlier this year, Google said that from January 1, 2022, it would be unable to save customer card details like expiry date and card number. The change came from the Reserve Bank of India’s new e-mandate policy.

    With this new payment option, Google Pay will help consumers transact safely and seamlessly in more than 170 markets.

    The platform has also been focused on removing complexities associated with finding and integrating local payments, including access to over 300 local payment methods supported in more than 60 countries.

    In July 2020, the National Payment Corporation of India (NPCI) announced UPI Autopay for individuals who were unaware. With this function, users may set up e-mandates for regular payments like EMIs, cell bills, electricity bills, and other expenses using any UPI app.

    Google Health Connect is now a play store-available app. Users can manage their fitness statistics from other apps using the app. At Google I/O in May 2022, the app, known as Health Connect, made its debut. Now available for download from the Google Play Store, the app is now officially starting in beta.


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