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How to Send Money on Cash App? How to Transfer Money

How to Send Money on Cash App? How to Transfer Money

Cash App is the new kid on the block in the world of payment apps. This is your ultimate guide to transferring money using Cash App. 

If you’ve been on any social media platforms recently, you’ve heard of Cash App. It’s the instant money transfer service that Gen Z loves. Transferring funds to your roommates or sending your half of the check for a restaurant meal has never been so easy.

Now with banking and investing abilities, Cash App users are riding the new wave of modern banking. Here is what you need to know about this payment processing newbie. 

Here’s What We’ll Cover:

What Is a Cash App? 

How to Start Using Cash App Step by Step

Key Takeaways

What Is a Cash App? 

Cash App is a peer payment app. It behaves like a bank account but not quite.

It is similar to personal accounts in that you can order a Cash App debit card called a “Cash Card”. You can make in person purchases with your Cash Card at any time.

Users can also buy and sell Bitcoin using their mobile app. Investing in stocks is simple too.

All quite sophisticated for a peer money transfer app!

So How Does Cash App Differ from Traditional Bank Accounts?

Great question!

  1. There are no physical locations

    Cash App is a completely online money transfer app. There are no physical locations. You can only deposit money into your account using another external bank account. The plus side is you can access your account on multiple mobile devices.

  2. Cash App doesn't charge fees (for most basic services)

    Cash App is free to use. There is no monthly charge, international transfer fees or operating fees. However, there is a transaction fee of 3% to transfer money using your credit card as a payment source. This is not uncommon.

  3. It does not have FDIC insurance

    FDIC insurance is what protects your money in the event of a financial crisis. If Cash App was to go out of business tomorrow, your money is not federally insured as it would be with the old school, brick-and-mortar banks.

  4. You can trade Bitcoin

    Though some banks do have an investment feature, few have ventured into cryptocurrency. Cash App’s ability to buy and sell Bitcoin using the app cements its status as forward-thinking and innovative.

  5. There are limits

    It’s not uncommon for debit cards to have limits - especially mobile money transfer apps. But Cash App’s limits are particularly low:

    You can spend maximum $7,000 can be spent on the Cash Card every day
    Maximum $10,000 over a 7 day period
    Maximum $25,000 over a 30 day period

    Withdrawals are capped at $1,000 per day & $1,000 per week

  6. Boosts

    Boosts are Cash App’s reward scheme. They have several merchant partners that offer exclusive discounts to Cash App users. Boost partners include Chick-Fil-A, Book Depository, Whole Food, Walgreens, USPS and many more.

  7. You can link more than one payment method

    You open your account by linking a debit card, but you can add other payment methods too. It is similar to PayPal or Venmo in that way. Cash App is the conduit for your payments.

  8. You get a bonus for friends you recruit

    Cash App is using the good old virality technique to grow its user base. You get a $5 bonus per friend that joins the app on your referral.

How to Start Using Cash App Step by Step

Setting up a Cash App account is very easy. All you need to do is:

  1. Download the app 
  2. Enter your email address or cell phone number
  3. Connect an active debit card to connect your current bank account
  4. Enter your full name
  5. Choose a “$Cashtag”, which is unique to you
  6. Confirm your address

Then you’re good to go! You can start by transferring funds into your account from your bank account to hold in your mobile wallet.

Friends and even customers can easily transfer money to you using your $Cashtag or email address.

How to Send Money Using Cash App

  1. Open your app on your smartphone
  2. Enter the amount of money you want to send
  3. Tap “pay” on the screen
  4. Enter the recipient’s email address, $Cashtag or cellphone number.
    If the payee doesn’t have a Cash App account, it will still send them a notification to let them know you are sending payment. They have a limited time to claim the amount by opening an account. It’s a sneaky way of recruiting new members but it works! 
  5. Enter a reference or what the payment was for 
  6. Tap “pay”

Key Takeaways

Cash App is low cost, simple and innovative. It is an ever-changing money transfer platform that has a lot of potential. Could it overtake Venmo and PayPal in the popular sphere? Only time will tell.

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