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Google will terminate its UK P2P service later in 2019

Part of the Google Pay P2P interface. (Source: 9to5Google)
Part of the Google Pay P2P interface. (Source: 9to5Google)
Peer-to-Peer (P2P) is one of several functions that were amalgamated under the Google Pay name in 2018. It has still been available in the UK market, however, and allows users to send payments to others using a balance stored in a relevant account. Unfortunately, Google has announced that it is suspending this ability in September 2019.

Google has a history of allowing users to send payments to others using the funds located in Google Wallet. This option was available in apps such as Gmail. However, this alternative to PayPal or Venmo was disrupted somewhat when Wallet was absorbed into Google Pay in 2018.

Google Pay P2P is still available to those in the UK, however. It continues to allow users to send these peer-to-peer payments through specialized links in the company's apps. Then again, it now appears that its days are numbered. 

Google has sent an email to P2P users advising them that this service will be wound up on September 6, 2019. These individuals have also been prompted to remove any funds they still have in this system to an account with a different institution prior to this date.

This move, which does not affect the rest of Google Pay services in the UK, may be followed by an eradication of any similar services left in other regions. These include the US, in which it is known as Google Pay Send. Then again, this feature is closely integrated into a larger number of apps and services, including Messages, Assistant and the MVNO Google Fi.

A screenshot of the email sent to the UK's Google Pay P2P users. (Source: 9to5Google)
A screenshot of the email sent to the UK's Google Pay P2P users. (Source: 9to5Google)

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Deirdre O Donnell, 2019-06-18 (Update: 2019-06-18)