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PayPal app sees first major overhaul with introduction of fingerprint scanner

PayPal is rolling out an update of its entire app today (18 February), built on a faster, more reliable service and simplified experience for users.

The huge overhaul of features is the first time the company has rebuilt the app from scratch since its inception.

The new app puts its sending and receiving functions front-and-center in response to customer feedback, with the company reporting that one in four of its transactions now take place on mobile. Logging in to the app via fingerprint scanning for Android and iOS is also a prominent feature of the upheaval.

The user experience has also been given a makeover, with the app's design contemporised to feature a cleaner, more modern colour scheme, iconography, fonts, and layout. On the homescreen users can quickly view their account balance and click on it to view their account and recent activity. The app also includes an Activity Hub, which lets users track money sent or received.

Other features include allowing users to order food through the app, use PayPal in stores, or access store loyalty cards. Account activity will be separated by pending and completed transactions, and users have the ability to add credit cards issues from other countries.

PayPal plans to expand its focus on money management, helping users budget, set goals, and keep tabs on their overall financial health.

The new PayPal application is live on iOS and Android.

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