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Aside from being hailed the “Year of the QR Code” in 2022, QR codes will also soon pave the way for users to transfer data on WhatsApp. Here’s our scoop. 

WhatsApp and QR codes

WhatsApp by Meta will soon allow its users to transfer data simply by scanning a QR code. The popular instant messaging platform is reportedly working on this new feature, which it calls “Chat Transfer,” allowing users to transfer their data from one Android device to another by simply using a local network.

The company will bring in this new feature via a future app update. The feature, however, is still in the developing stage.

Once launched, WhatsApp’s Chat Transfer feature will eliminate the need to use Google Drive. In other words, WhatsApp users no longer have to back up their chat data to this cloud service if they wish to transfer the chats from one particular device to another, thanks to QR codes.

Alipay and QR codes

Meanwhile, in other QR code news, Alipay’s Alipay+ is reportedly striving to provide cash-free and mobile-friendly travel experiences for Asian tourists in mainland China. This, as the China-based online payment platform seeks to partner with more merchants and enable more excellent connectivity via QR codes.

Beginning yesterday, January 8th, AlipayHK users can pay for metro rides in Shenzhen with the use of their local app, thereby enhancing a seamless travel experience for Hong Kongers traveling in mainland China. 

This service is enabled via joint efforts between Alipay+ and Shenzhen’s subway operator, following a similar payment system integration with bus operators in major cities across the province of Guangdong. 

“As a pioneer in the field of digital life, we hope to play a bigger role in building digital infrastructure to enhance connectivity in the Greater Bay Area, and contribute to the better development of the region,” Venetia Lee, Ant Group Greater China International Business general manager said. 

The expanded acceptance of AlipayHK comes as China begins optimizing regulations on travel between its mainland and Hong Kong, its Special Administrative Region, due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

Lee added, “As the demand for travels between mainland and Hong Kong remains strong and cross-bound activities begin to normalize, we expect to witness the wide adoption of AlipayHK on the Chinese mainland, where Alipay+ solutions have already been adopted by millions of merchants that are ready for the return of international travelers.”

Powered by Alipay+ solutions, AlipayHK, which is among the most popular eWallets in Hong Kong, is now widely accepted in mainland China by convenience stores, retailers, supermarkets, café, restaurants, bubble tea shops, hotels, and other tourist destinations in the mainland. Users can scan the same local merchant’s QR code to pay or present their in-app QR codes to be scanned for payment.

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