BHIM- Money transfer made easy: All you need to know

R Dinakaran | Updated on March 10, 2018 Published on January 04, 2017




How to use the newly launched app and what are its advantages

The post-demonetisation days have seen dependency on card-based and mobile wallet payments increase exponentially. A lot of people have used apps such as Paytm and Freecharge to pay other users and to transfer money. Prime Minister Narendra Modi recently launched the BHIM app that is said to make payments easier and much faster. Here is a comprehensive guide on how to use it.

What is BHIM?

BHIM is short for Bharat Interface for Money. It is a money transfer app based on UPI for Android phones.

What is UPI?

UPI stands for United Payment Interface. Money can be transferred to individuals to their bank accounts within seconds. The money transfer takes place via IMPS. The advantage here is that there is no need for either the person transferring the amount or the recipient to know the bank details or mobile number. The receipt and transfer takes places on the basis of a Virtual Payment Address (VPA). The VPA looks something like xxxx@icici. Almost all the banks under UPI have their UPI apps or have integrated UPI into their existing apps.

So why BHIM?

BHIM is a single app that can be used with any bank. The VPA – across all banks – ends with @UPI. For example XXXX@UPI

Where do I get the BHIM app?

From the Google Play Store.

The Play store is for Android. I have an iPhone.

The app is only available on Android as of now. Support for iOS and Windows Phone may arrive soon.

Okay. Downloaded. Now what?

Open the app and enter your mobile number. It will store your mobile number and verify it. Next, you have to select the bank in which you have an account. The app will once again search the bank’s account linked to your mobile number and display it. If the account number is correct, select it. The account will now be linked to the app. You will be given a default VPA <yourmobilenumber>@UPI. You can also set your unique ID (your name), subject to availability. You will be shown a QR code, which you can store or print. You will also be asked to set a pin code for security.

How do I transfer money?

There are multiple ways to do so.

The first is to transfer via mobile number or UPI ID

1. Enter the mobile number or UPI ID of the recipient.

2. Enter the amount.

3. You will be asked to enter your PIN

4. The amount will be transferred immediately.

The second is to transfer using QR code

1. Scan the QR code in the mobile of the recipient or a print out of the code.

2. Enter the amount

3. It will ask for your PIN

4. The amount will be transferred immediately.

Can I request money?

Yes, you can request money from other BHIM users through the app. For this, you have to open the ‘Request’ link and mention the UPI ID or mobile number. You can also time the validity of your request. The sender will be asked to enter their PIN before transferring the amount.

The person I want to transfer money to does not have an UPI VPA. What do I do?

In the Send Money option, click on the three dots on the top right. You will get an option that says ‘ACCOUNT+IFSC’. You will be able to transfer the money based on account number and IFSC code of the recipient.

Can I transfer any amount?

No. It is limited to ₹10,000 per transaction and ₹20,000 within 24 hours.

Can I add multiple accounts?

Yes, and No.

You can add multiple accounts. But only one account can be used at a time. Even if you switch accounts, your VPA will be the same.

Can I transfer money to other wallets from BHIM?

No, this feature is not available on the app.

I don’t have a phone. Can I use BHIM through my computer?

No. An Android phone with internet connectivity is a MUST for the BHIM app.

Must the recipient have a mobile?

No. There is no need for the recipient to have a mobile. It will be credited directly to the recipient’s account. However, the recipient must have a VPA. If not, money can transferred using the recipient’s account number and IFSC code.

What are the advantages over other UPI apps?

The VPA is simpler. The VPA for each bank is different. For example, if you have an account in ICICI, the VPA will be xxxxx@ICICI. For a HDFC Bank account holder, it will be xxxx@HDFC. BHIM eliminates all these different IDs. All BHIM VPAs end with xxxx@UPI. Also, most UPI apps of banks don’t have QR codes, while BHIM has that option.

What are the advantages over other wallets like Paytm or Mobikwik?

In other wallets, you have to store money in the wallet. You are blocking your money by storing money in the mobile wallets and you are losing interest. But in BHIM, the amount stays in your bank till you transfer. Also, when someone transfers money, you will get it in your account.

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Published on January 04, 2017
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