Do you want to use Venmo with the convenience of iMessage or Siri? Read on for more info.
Making Venmo payments or requests using iMessage
Who can I pay using iMessage?
You can send a Venmo payment using iMessage, even if the recipient doesn’t yet have a Venmo account. They’ll need to sign up for a Venmo account to receive the payment.
You can also still send an iMessage payment if the recipient doesn’t have an iPhone. Android users will see a link to accept the payment in an SMS thread. Tapping this link will launch the Venmo app, and they’ll be able to accept the payment.
How do I send a payment or request with iMessage?
You can send a payment or charge request directly from iMessage:
- Open a conversation in Messages
- Tap the arrow to the left of the text field and choose the apps icon
- Tap Venmo
- If needed, read and accept our terms and conditions
- Choose Request or Pay
- Type in the amount and note, and then tap the Pay or Request button
- Money leaves your account the moment you send a payment. However, the recipient needs to accept the payment before money is added to their Venmo account.
- Tap the send arrow to send the iMessage payment bubble
Once the recipient gets the message, they’ll be able to accept your payment.
I don’t see the Venmo option in iMessage
Make sure you’re on iOS 13 or later. If you still don’t see Venmo in iMessage, you may need to enable the extension:
- In iMessage, tap the arrow
- Tap the apps icon
- Tap the More option on the far right
- Tap Edit and toggle Venmo to green
Does the recipient get the payment right away?
When you make a Venmo payment in iMessage, the recipient needs to accept the payment to claim the money. If they don’t accept within 3 days, the payment will be reversed.
I want to cancel my iMessage payment
As long as the recipient hasn’t claimed the payment, you can manually cancel Venmo payments sent via iMessage in the Venmo app:
- Go to the Me tab
- Find the payment at the top of your Transactions feed
- Cancel the payment
Accepting an iMessage payment
I was sent a Venmo payment via iMessage. How do I claim the payment?
If you’ve received a payment via iMessage, you’ll need to accept it for the money to be added to your Venmo account. If you don’t have a Venmo account, you’ll need to sign up for one first.
iOS (You’ll need to have iOS 13 or later installed on your phone):
- Tap the iMessage payment bubble that your friend sent in your conversation
- You may be prompted by Apple to update your Venmo app
- Tap the blue Accept Payment
- You should see a thumbs-up emoji 👍 at the top of the screen
Android (or older versions of iOS):
- You’ll receive a link via SMS to accept the payment
- Tapping the link will launch the Venmo app
- Accept the payment
I was sent a Venmo payment via iMessage, but I don’t want to claim it. What do I do?
If someone sent you a Venmo payment via iMessage, but you don’t want to claim it, don’t worry. The payment will automatically reverse if it isn’t claimed within 3 days. If the sender wants to take it back sooner, they can do so in the Venmo app.
Sending a Venmo payment or request via Siri
You can send a Venmo payment or request using Siri:
- Open Siri by holding the home button, or saying “Hey Siri” if it’s enabled
- Ask Siri to send the payment or request using the following format: “Pay/Request [name of friend] [amount] dollars for [payment note]”
- Ex. Hey Siri, pay Keith 5 dollars for “coffee”
- Ex. Pay Courtney one dollar for “thank you”
- Siri will show you an overview of your payment or request
- Confirm the payment or request details, then say “Yes”
Payments sent using Siri work just like payments in the Venmo app.
Please note: Siri cannot be used to pay multiple people at the same time, send payments to usernames, phone numbers, or email addresses, or complete any other non-payment functions.
Who can I pay using Siri?
You can use Siri to send payments to or request money from your friends, friends-of-friends, and people that you’ve transacted with recently on Venmo.
If you’re trying to send a payment to someone and they’re not showing up, try adding them as a friend on Venmo first. This can help Siri find the person you’re trying to pay.