Gmail money transfer service now available in the UK

Technology giant Google has announced that its ‘Send Money in Gmail’ feature is finally becoming available to UK Gmail users who are over 18 years old.

Users can now send money to friends and family using the internet in a free, quick and secure way. Also, it isn’t necessary for the recipient to have a Gmail address, so you will not need to set one up just so that you can receive money from someone.

In order to send money, you will need to ‘compose’ an email, and click the ‘£’ sign at the bottom of the email (where the different feature buttons are situated). New users will need to provide their details to create their Google Wallet Balance. Once this stage has been completed, you simply enter the amount of money you wish to send, and send it to the recipient’s email address.

Receiving money for the first time? You will be required to create a Google Wallet Balance, linked to your bank account or debit card. The money can then remain in your Wallet Balance for you to send to someone at a later date, or you could spend it on Google Play. However, if you want to transfer it to your bank account, this can be done quickly.

There is also the possibility for you to send someone a request for money, using the same ‘£’ attachment in emails.

This feature is being rolled out across the UK after its success in the USA, where it was introduced back in May 2013. Currently only available on desktop computers, it is likely that an app version for mobile phones will be introduced once enough interest has been registered.