YouTube has announced that it now supports UPI payments on the platform. YouTube says, “Aiming to bring added convenience to its users, YouTube has launched UPI as a new form of payment for both YouTube and YouTube Music. In addition to the earlier options of credit and debit cards, now YouTube users will be able to make easy payments through UPI, which is one of the most preferred forms of digital payments in India.” Before the addition of UPI, those looking to subscribe to YouTubes services or supporting their favourite YouTubers, users would have to resort to payment methods like a Debit or Credit Card.
According to YouTube, this is to help make transactions easier with banks and the customers alike. Users of all UPI apps can now use the UPI payment option on YouTube to purchase monthly or quarterly prepaid subscriptions for YouTube Premium and YouTube Music Premium, buy and rent their favourite movies, as well as pay for features like SuperChat to engage with and support their favourite YouTube creators.
If you are looking to subscribe to YouTube to catch some YouTube originals, we say hold your horses. The service has made some of its originals free for users. You can learn more about them here. YouTube is also creating a feed of short videos posted by users. Called 'Shorts', the feature will rival popular short-video app TikTok. YouTube is planning for a late 2020 release for Shorts. You can learn more about it here. Since the nation is under lockdown a lot of users have started consuming content online. To ensure the smooth functioning of the internet and the fact that users shouldn’t finish their FUP in a day, YouTube has limited streaming to mobile devices to 480p in India. You can learn more about that here.