BHIM App is the leader in the ‘Top Free Apps’ category on the Google Play Store

The Bharat Interface for Money or BHIM app has raced to the top of the most downloaded free apps on the Google Play Store. Launched on 30 December, the app developed by NPCI has see over a million downloads so far.

In terms of ratings, the app has around 57000 plus ‘5 star’ ratings and around 11000 plus ‘1 star’ rating. The app, released in the memory of Dr BR Ambedkar is currently only available on the Android platform, with the iOS app expected to launch on 10 January. According to the prime minister, the BHIM app will get a feature which will allow you to make payments using only the thumbprint.

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According to Niti Aayog CEO Amitabh Kant, the BHIM app has been downloaded by 3mn users and around 500,000 transactions have already taken place on the platform.

The setup is very fast and simple. The app verifies the phone number automatically. Note that the phone number used for the transactions has to be the same phone number registered with the bank for the account you intend to use. As of now, transactions are supported for only one account per user. The bank account menu allows users to change the bank account at any time.

There are three ways to transfer money, through a QR code, through a phone number, or through the UPI address. A QR code is available by default in the profile section. This can be saved to the phone as an image, or directly shared through instant messengers or email.