One of the main complaints people had about India’s own digital payments app – BHIM (short for Bharat Interface for Money), was the fact that it was only available for Android smartphones at the time of its launch on December 30, 2016. Nearly two months later, the National Payments Corporation of India (NPCI) has finally released an iOS version of BHIM for all you iPhone users out there. Confirming the launch of the iOS version of the BHIM app, the Niti Ayog tweeted out the following message on Saturday.
— NITI Aayog (@NITIAayog) February 11, 2017
With the arrival of the official iOS app, the usage of BHIM for quick digital money transfer is expected to rise. It was just a few days ago that the Minister of Information Technology Ravi Shankar Prasad revealed that the BHIM app had been downloaded by more than one crore people. It is not currently known as to how many people actually use the app on a frequent basis.
The BHIM app is one of the many digital money transfer and payments apps that gained popularity after the Indian government decided to impose a blanket ban on old currency notes of high denominations. The BHIM app is claimed to be “an initiative to enable fast, secure, reliable cashless payments through your mobile phone.”
The BHIM platform is interestingly interoperable with other Unified Payment Interface (UPI) applications, and bank accounts for quick money transfers. Like other UPI apps, BHIM too is tied to your mobile number (which also needs to be the number that is associated with your bank account).
In case you were awaiting the arrival of BHIM for your iPhone, now is a good time to try it out. You can download the app by clicking this link. Also, let us know what you think about the app and whether it works bug-free on your iPhone.