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How to Send Money with Google Assistant

"Hey Google, send me money!" Google Assistant has Google Pay integration, which lets you use Google's voice assistant to send and receive money from your contacts. 

Those who already have Google Pay accounts will be ready to start immediately, and those who don't will be guided through the setup process the first time they ask the virtual assistant to send money. Google says that the money will be exchanged "almost instantaneously," though if your friends don't have Google Pay accounts, they'll also need to set those up to cash out. They'll get an email, text or other notification telling them to set up an account (or, if they have one, that funds are ready or requested).

Google says the task can be completed with commands like "Hey Google, request $20 from Sam for the show tonight" or "Hey Google, send Jane $15 for lunch today."

The biggest question—security—seems to be taken care of: Google Assistant won't send funds with only your voice. You'll need to confirm your decision to send money with your device password or fingerprint. It's unclear how this will work with voice-activated speakers like Google Home, though it's possible you'll need a second device, like your smartphone, to authorize it.

This all follows Google combining Android Pay and Google Wallet into Google Pay, and it's integration into Google Assistant is one more skill it has in comparison to Amazon's Alexa. Siri, Apple's virtual assistant, has Apple Pay integration already on iPhones. Google is also competing with apps like Venmo for exchanging funds, as well as Zelle, which is used by many big banks.

For more Google Assistant-related tips, tricks, and how-tos, check out our complete guide to Google Assistant.

Andrew E. Freedman

Andrew E. Freedman is an editor at Tom's Hardware focusing on laptops, desktops and gaming as well as keeping up with the latest news. He holds a M.S. in Journalism (Digital Media) from Columbia University. A lover of all things gaming and tech, his previous work has shown up in Kotaku, PCMag, Complex, Tom's Guide and Laptop Mag among others.