Since its inception, Siri has been one of those assistants that hasn’t been all that useful. That’s changed over time, and while you’ve been able to dictate text messages, ask about the weather or set up a reminder, you (annoyingly) haven’t been able to control any third party apps on your device.
Apple recently changed that by making Siri available to app developers, and PayPal’s recent update put that to best effect by letting you use Siri to send and receive money for you. Check out the video below to see how:
You can tell Siri to “Send £125 to Jenny with PayPal” or “Request £20 from Ben with PayPal”, and it’ll do it all on its own. On its first attempt PayPal will ask for permissions to access your data and contacts (which is fine), and then it’ll pop up with a final prompt to confirm the payment amount and its recipient.
PayPal’s Siri integration is available in Australia, Austria, Belgium, Brazil, Canada, China, Denmark, Finland, France, Germany, Hong Kong, India, Israel, Italy, Japan, Malaysia, Mexico, Netherlands, New Zealand, Norway, Russia, Saudi Arabia, Singapore, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, Thailand, UK, United Arab Emirates and the United States. As the video shows, it even supports a range of languages and pulls your friends’ data by either their email address or phone number.
It’s a very fun and easy way to make quick payments and receive money, don’t you think?