Can I use Venmo in Australia?

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Learn all about the instant money transfer app taking the US by storm.

If you haven’t yet heard of Venmo, you certainly must have heard of PayPal. Think of Venmo as PayPal’s mobile-friendly cousin. Its approach speaks to something we've all faced: the annoyance of splitting a restaurant bill five different ways, the stress of borrowing money from a friend and never having the cash to pay them back, splitting rent and utility bills – the list goes on and on.

Instead of reaching for the calculator app to figure out how much to pay your friends, you can simply Venmo anyone you owe instantly. An app that's both practical and easy to use, Venmo stands out as a convenient method to send and receive money electronically.

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Can I use Venmo in Australia?

Unfortunately, Venmo hasn't launched in Australia at the time of writing. To be able to use it, you need to fulfil two requirements:

  • Be physically located in the US
  • Have a US mobile number

You'll also need a US bank account if you want to take your money out of your Venmo wallet.

Long story short – you won't be able to use Venmo in Australia. There are other options for you, however. If you want to send money to someone else in Australia, check out our comparison of digital wallets like Google Pay, PayPal and Beem It.

If you want to transfer money to another currency, you'll need an international money transfer service. Read our guide on sending money overseas to make sure you get the best deal possible.

If I'm in the US, with an American mobile phone and bank account, how do I request and send money through Venmo?

1. Create a Venmo account. Sign up with your email address and credit or debit card information. Add your bank account info if you want to deposit the money you receive. Note that you may pay a transaction fee when using your credit card.

2. Request a transfer. Once you've created your account, request or send money by clicking pen and paper icon at upper right.

step 2 venmo money transfer

3. Enter your Venmo recipient or sender. Use the person's Venmo user name to send or request money, adding the transfer amount. Name your transaction with as fun or serious a memo as you'd like — or use Venmo's bitmoji shorthand for your transaction.

step 3 venmo money transfer

4. Tap Pay or Request to complete your transaction.

What happens when someone sends me money?

You'll receive notification from Venmo each time a user sends you money. Unlike other payment apps, the money you're sent doesn't go directly into your bank account. Rather, it stays linked to your Venmo account until you choose to transfer it. You can transfer all of your balance or only a portion of it.

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The social component

A feature that sets Venmo apart from other peer-to-peer payment systems is the social media aspect. Once you're sent money, it shows up on your friends' feeds, where they can see your transactions, but not the amounts. I don't particularly like this feature – I prefer to keep my transactions private. Thankfully, you can choose if you'd like to share your activity with just the participants, friends, or the Venmo community at large.

Pros

  • Send easily to anyone on your contacts list. No need to ask, "what's your username?"
  • Widely popular service. Chances are that your American friends are already using Venmo, making it even easier to transfer money.
  • Social media platform. Venmo tries to be more fun than other services by including a feed of transactions to your friends.

Cons

  • Steep credit card fee. Unlike when you use a debit card, a credit card incurs an additional 3% fee for each transaction.
  • US only. Venmo's services are limited to users in the US.
  • Venmo to Venmo only. You can't send money for pickup at a Western Union, for example.
  • Can't reject a payment. There are times when I'd like to refuse money from my friends – I like treating them sometimes and wish an "accept or reject payment" feature was available. As of this writing, Venmo's FAQ says that if you'd like to reject a payment, to make a return payment to the sender. But then they can return the payment to you, and then you'd have to return it again...

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Is Venmo safe?

Venmo encrypts your personal information and transactions details. However, whereas Payment Card Industry Security Standards Council gives Square Cash, Google Wallet and other money transfer apps high ratings for standards security, Venmo is considered only "PCI compliant."

What is PCI compliance?

The Payment Card Industry Security Standards Council keeps track of companies that meet its strenuous security standards for development, enhancement, storage, dissemination and implementation for data protection. It determines the overall security of businesses that process payments online.

Like most companies, Venmo keeps the magnitude of its user base private, so its lack of a standards rating could mean that it processes fewer than 6 million credit card transactions per year. It's possible: Venmo's additional fee for credit card payments all but encourages users to pay through a debit account instead. But it's worth considering safety, given the security breaches faced by Venmo over the years.

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