Posted by Chuck on August 17, 2018
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Published on August 17th, 2018 | by Chuck

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Venmo Phasing out Website Functionality, Push Users to the App

Venmo is sending out email notice that they are slowly phasing out the ability to pay or charge someone using the website, in a push to get users to do their transactions in the Venmo app. Sounds like transaction history will still be available on the web, but you’ll need the app for making actual payments.

NOTICE: Venmo is phasing out some of the functionality on the Venmo.com website over the coming months. We are beginning to remove the ability to pay and charge someone on Venmo.com. Over time, you may see less functionality on our website. We’ve updated our user agreement to reflect that the use of Venmo on the Venmo.com website may be limited.

If you want to pay, charge, and use other features, get the Venmo app from the App Store or Google Play.

Must be either a psychological gain for them in that you have the app on your phone, or else some sort of data mining strategy. I personally do as little as possible on mobile since computers are much more efficient. Alas, companies have their reasons for dictating how we should use their systems.

Hat tip to Lieroo on r/churning



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JT
JT

Absolutely pathetic. I like having the internet in my pocket, but the neutered programs and services these companies force on mobile users almost makes it not worth it. The internet I know and love is dying IMO. Mobile is killing it.

B
B

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CM

Totally pathetic. Having an app in the app store is so 2013. It’s all about blockchain nowadays, very surprised that they move from the web to the app store, instead of going blockchain. Did they hire a new suit that still hasn’t heard of the blockchain, yet wanted to be “more innovative”?!

Liface
Liface

Awful. Hate using apps and typing on mobile.

Credit
Credit

They want to tie your habits to your phone #, email address.

Already Google knows so much about me just because they don’t allow me to logout of Google play. Amazing how easily the US Congress sells the welfare of its citizens to the highest bidder and how easily Americans take crap from their representatives for some trinkets and baubles.

Land of the free! Lol.

Mike
Mike

Hard to get anything done on a cell phone screen. Phone’s battery doesn’t last long enough to do all these tasks.

L
L

Venmo looks worse and worse compared to Square Cash every day

John
John

Just phase out Venmo. Its worthless now and essentially operates like PayPal now anyway who owns it as well. Why make a service less functional?

Ann
Ann

That’s disappointing. Even Robinhood, app-only for years, finally came out with a web-based version earlier this year. Now Venmo is going backwards. Because of Google’s restrictions on how I can use the should-still-be-plenty-of space on my cheap smartphone, I can’t install more apps without removing something (I don’t have very many to begin with). Sigh.

rahul
rahul

Venmo is useless now right? since Amex prepaid debit cards cannot be liquidated?

Ann
Ann

Not useless just because you can’t do that one thing with it. I think some people have used it to meet direct deposit requirements for some banks. And of course its intended purpose of sending other people money.

david190810
david190810

Don’t care. My account has been frozen for good.

iahphx
iahphx

I get the impression that no one under 30 owns a desktop computer (unless maybe they’re a gamer). 🙂 I don’t understand it. I travel with a small chromebook. and use a desktop at home. I use my phone only when those other options are impractical. My only regular mobile app use is google maps, for obvious reasons. I also use the airline apps on board for entertainment and such. But I guess my internet usage is mostly for information, while most folks are mostly doing social stuff.

Chucks
Chucks

Even with these larger screen and much faster phones and tablets it’s far faster to do most stuff from a laptop. The phone wins only when I need something that doesn’t justify booting up my laptop.

iahphx
iahphx

Also, when you use a phone, some businesses send you to a stripped down mobile site. Like the other day, I was at the Hertz counter and needed to put in my Hertz Rewards number. It is literally impossible to find that info on their mobile site. I had to find the hidden link to switch to the regular site to pull up my loyalty number. And there’s tons of things like this.

bax
bax

The mobile browser Brave has a Show Desktop Version mode.

gary
gary

Not a Venmo fan to begin with sqaure cash much better. This another reason why i dont use venmo

bax
bax

Does Square Cash work for making the 10-15 monthly debit purchases for rewards checking?

DOP
DOP

Depends what bank. Their minimum is $1, so do $1.xx transactions to be safe. That’s what I do with a rewards checking currently, in combination with other purchases and it works for me.

They are finicky with changes to what debit card you have linked, and you can only link 1 at a time. Just changing my debit card with them required several days to get resolved. They do allow you a second account that’s linked to your email btw.

PT
PT

There’s also google wallet now. In true google style, they have multiple web interfaces and multiple mobile interfaces. Maybe more I haven’t discovered. 🙂

avocado
avocado

It feels like they disabled my ability to pay and charge with a browser months ago.
Have you guys all had access this whole time D:?

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