The social media company had already confirmed it was testing the option earlier this spring.
Facebook confirmed its tests of Messenger QR codes for person-to-person payments earlier this spring. Now, it has announced that the quick response codes are rolling out for US app users.
The quick response barcodes make it possible for US users to send or request money with Facebook Pay.
The money can be sent or requested by any user in the US to any user in the country, even if they are not Facebook friends on the platform. The Messenger QR codes work in a way similar to those used in Venmo and other payment apps.
Users who want to try the feature can find the barcodes under the Facebook Pay section among the settings in the app. Those settings can be accessed by tapping the profile icon located at the top left of the screen. The barcode is personalized so that it looks like any other quick response code, only it has the individual’s profile icon at its center.
Below the Messenger QR codes is the personal Facebook Pay URL which can be copied and sent.
Sending the URL to someone makes it possible to request a payment from the recipient.
When Facebook rolled out the barcodes, it pointed out that scanning works between any US users of the app and will not require any additional payment app or additional contact entry or upload process. Users can get started right away.
To be eligible to send and receive money through the app, users must be at least 18 years old and must have a PayPal account or a Visa or Mastercard debit card, or one of the supported government-issued cards or prepaid cards. The option works only when the preferred currency is set to US dollars in the app.
Upon completion of the setup, users can select their default payment method and can choose to provide an additional layer of protection for payments by choosing a PIN.
Aside from the Messenger QR code, the main Facebook app also makes it possible to use quick response barcodes in its Facebook Pay section at the top of the screen in a carousel.