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Siri & PayPal – Send And Request Money Via Virtual Assistant

Voice command: Siri, send John $10 with PayPaliOS 10 has finally allowed app developers to include Siri in their app. The payment service PayPal already updated its app and enabled their iPhone users to send and request money by using Siri. In the following guide, we want to show you how to set this up and how to make a transaction via PayPal & Siri.

Prerequisites

To utilize the new, voice-operated way of cashless payment, you will need the PayPal app in version 6.7.0 or later. You can check your App Store, if there is a new update available. You will see it in the right bottom corner.

In addition you will of course need iOS 10 or later, because earlier versions do not provide the access to the Siri interface.

The third requirement is a 3D Touch capable iPhone – an iPhone 6s or later.

Send & request money via Siri & PayPal – 3 steps of preparation

1. step: Activate PayPal for Siri

Before you can even send or request money via virtual assistant, you have to introduce Siri to PayPal. So open the Settings and go to Siri. Scroll down to the item App Support and open it. Activate PayPal there.

This settings section allows you to integrate services of third-party apps into Siri. Read more…

2. Activate Touch ID for PayPal

Moreover you have to allow PayPal to use the Touch ID sensor of your iPhone. Open the PayPal app and tap the Settings icon in the right top corner. Go to “Login and Security”. There you have to activate the Touch ID.

3. Allow PayPal the access to your contacts

Lastly, you have to allow PayPal that it can access your contacts. For this go to the Settings app on your iPhone, scroll down to PayPal and activate Contacts.

Send & request money

Now you are all set to wire or request money by using Siri & PayPal. So go ahead and start Siri by “Hey Siri” command, in case you activated it, or just open Siri as usual.

Then you could say the following commands (examples):

Send money: “Send John $3“
Request money: “Request $10 from John”

If you are using more than one app for money transactions, you have to add “using PayPal“ or “with PayPal” to the end of your command. If you do not say the app name, Siri will ask you, if you want to use PayPal for the transaction.

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After giving the command, the contact data will be shown and you have to choose one of the assigned email addresses. It works via voice command, but it’s better to just tap the right contact information.

It is really important to choose the correct email address at this point. If the receiver is not registered with this email address, the transaction will not go through. If your contact does not show any PayPal email address, you have to assign one first.

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Once you have chosen the email address, Siri will give you another overview on the PayPal payment or request. The virtual assistant will ask you, if you want to make this transaction and you obviously have to answer with yes or no to finish the transaction.

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In the end you will get the notification that the money has been sent successfully.