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How to use Venmo: How to send and receive money

How to use Venmo: How to send and receive money
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There’s a reason that “Venmo” has become a verb (as in, “Venmo me”) -- if you need to give someone money, for any reason, there’s no simpler way to do it. Cash? Who carries that anymore, much less has exact change. Credit card? No use when paying person to person. 

Venmo is an app that you tie to your bank account that allows you to pay and receive money. Once set up, sending and receiving money with Venmo is as easy as entering your friend’s name, entering an amount, and hitting Pay.

So you’ve got a Venmo account, your friend has a Venmo account, and one of you owes the other money. Let’s get ready to Venmoooooooooo! Here’s a step-by-step guide to sending and receiving money on this popular person-to-person mobile payment service.

1. Launch the app

Launch the Venmo app on your mobile device. (You can’t send and receive money through the website).

2. Hit “Pay or Request”

Find the Pay or Request button on the home screen—it will either say “Pay or Request,” or it will look like a pencil and a square.

How to send money with Venmo

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3. Enter a name

Enter the username, phone number, or email of the person(s) you’d like to pay or charge. Make sure you’ve got it exactly right, as you wouldn’t want to pay Joe_Smith_4 when your friend is actually Joe_Smith_5.

4. Enter the amount

If you want to send your friend $50, enter “50” in the field with the dollar sign to the right of the person’s name.

5. Leave a note

In the “What’s it for” field, located below the person’s name, type in whatever you want. As you type, suggested emojis will pop up. Choose to include them if you wish.

How to send money with Venmo

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6. Change the privacy setting (optional)

At the bottom right of the screen is the privacy setting, which you can tap to change. “Public” indicates that everyone can see this transaction; “Friends” indicates that the transaction is only visible to the sender, recipient, and their Venmo friends; and “Private” indicates that it’s only visible to the sender and the recipient.

7. Choose your action

Tap on either “Request” or “Pay” in the blue bar, depending on which action you want to do.

How to send money with Venmo

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8. Confirm

Tap on the green confirmation bar that will appear at the bottom of the screen.

9. Check your email

You will receive an email confirming the transaction. 

Jonathan Lesser

Jonathan Lesser is a writer and editor covering cryptocurrency and personal finance. He has worked at two Fortune 100 financial services companies and has been published in Men’s Health, Men’s Journal, Vibe, Travel + Leisure Golf and other publications.