PayPal Updates iOS App to Use Siri Voice Commands

November 10, 2016, Written By Bill Hardekopf
PayPal Updates iOS App to Use Siri Voice Commands

PayPal has updated its mobile app for Apple devices to use voice commands to transfer money. Users can now send funds to friends and family members using Siri on their iPhones or iPads.

The new version of the app is available in 30 countries, including the United States, Australia, India, Singapore, Japan, China and Hong Kong. PayPal has integrated multiple languages for countries like Canada, where users speak French and English. The upgrade is available to download for free beginning today in the App Store.

To launch the Siri PayPal system, users simply say, “Hey Siri, send {name} {amount of money} using PayPal.” For example, if someone said “Hey Siri, send William Whitmore $50 using PayPal,” the phone would automatically tap into the PayPal app and pull up a screen that showed a $50 transfer going to William Whitmore. Siri would then repeat the transfer details and ask “Do you want to send it?” If the user replies “Yes,” the money will be sent to the other account.

PayPal intended to launch this as an “early holiday present,” giving users a chance to send money to one another before the upcoming holiday season. The company estimates there will be over 17 million peer-to-peer transfers this December. Last year, there were $41 billion in P2P transfers through PayPal, Venmo and Xoom, and this year is expected to yield even higher volumes.

The information contained within this article was accurate as of November 10, 2016. For up-to-date
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Bill Hardekopf is the CEO of and covers the credit card industry from all perspectives. Bill has been involved with personal finance for over 15 years. He is a frequent contributor to Forbes, The Street and The Christian Science Monitor.
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