Skype now lets you send money to friends via PayPal on Android and iOS

Skype has added the ability to send money to your friends on Android and iOS as part of a new partnership with PayPal, the company announced today (opens in new tab). Available in 22 countries at launch, the Send Money feature allows you to pay a friend from at any point from the conversation window.

Using the feature requires a bit of setup, but it seems pretty straightforward after that. The first time you try Send Money, you'll be prompted to confirm your location, Skype explains. Once the app confirms the feature is available in your location, it will ask you to link you PayPal account to your Skype profile, at which point PayPal will take over and handle transferring the money.

While you'll have to be on the latest version of the Skype mobile app to use Send Money, whoever is receiving the funds can be using any version of Skype.

The addition of PayPal integration arrives shortly after Microsoft debuted a completely overhauled design, complete with Snapchat-like features that seem designed to appeal to Millenial users.

If you want to check out Send Money, you can grab the latest version of the Skype mobile app from Google Play (opens in new tab) and the App Store (opens in new tab) now. There's no word on whether the feature will come to the universal Windows Skype app just yet.

Dan Thorp-Lancaster is the former Editor-in-Chief of Windows Central. He began working with Windows Central, Android Central, and iMore as a news writer in 2014 and is obsessed with tech of all sorts. You can follow Dan on Twitter @DthorpL and Instagram @heyitsdtl

  • Just overwhelmed by the love MS shows for its ecosystem.
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  • Really serious question guys. Someone really care about this feature? 
  • Microsoft seems to think so.. That should answer your question.
  • I do. I use PayPal all the time instead of trying to split bills with friends. We also use Skype as our primary messaging app. This is a great feature to see integrated into Skype.
  • I do. Makes Pizza-Group-Orders much easier.
  • Alot ac do care for this, its the most used feature that every danish person (around 5 mil) every day thu an app called Mobilepay.
    The whole idea should be being able to do instant small money transfers to friend an so on, really useful :)
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  • Haaa here in Kenya sending money is not reliant on operating system. It can be done virtually on every mobile phone Os through M-pesa which is a sim card application. As long as your gadget can support a sim card, M-pesa will work on it and you'll be able to send,withdraw, pay bills, buy goods across the eastern Africa and basically some states of USA.
  • Same comment as others. Why is this posted on this site when the topic is Windows Phone.  This belongs on Android Central. Why aren't the mods remove this? Mr. V  
  • Because Skype is a MS product, and this is Windows Central (all things Microsoft). Not all of us use WM10 for Mobile, this is one of the reasons why, MS software works best on iOS/Android.