Demonetization move has proved to be a blessing for digital wallets in India. The business of wallets has skyrocketed in last months.
What is digital wallet?
Digital wallet is an electronic form of physical wallet where you keep your money to make most of the transactions that you do with cash. Digital wallets in India are becoming a preferred way of making online payments as you don’t have to enter debit or credit card details.
Actually, people are not comfortable and even feel scared to enter these details on phone apps. With additional security layers and ease of use, digital wallets make an ideal choice for anyone.
Digital wallets in India are different from UPI. We won’t get into details of this. Read this article to know how digital wallets are different from UPI.
UPI and digital wallets are also going to benefit e-tailers that provide COD (Cash on Delivery) service to its customers.
Here’s the list of digital wallets in India and UPI apps
Please note that almost all major banks have also launched UPI enabled apps.
DISCLAIMER: The information about digital wallets in India, provided below is based upon what is mentioned on the listed websites and is correct at the time of this blog post which may change in the future.
Paytm was founded in 2010 by Vijay Shekhar. It has a subscriber base of over 160+ million users. At present, Paytm is the largest and most preferred among the digital wallets in India that gained maximum popularity when demonetization move was announced by the government.
It offers wide range of services like mobile & DTH recharge, electricity and phone bill payments, booking of train, bus, flight and movie tickets etc.
You can also pay money to other users using bar code or phone number. Paytm recently launched the service without internet that has made its services available to people who don’t have a smartphone or internet connection.
2. BHIM APP
This is an easy and secure UPI app launched by NPCI (National Payments Corporation of India) backed by RBI. Bank account holders need to link the mobile number to their accounts as BHIM app works only with this registered mobile number.
You can send and receive money using VPA( Virtual Payment Address) without disclosing bank account details.
Founded in 2009 by young entrepreneurs Bipinpreet Singh and Upasana Takku, Mobikwik has 30+ million users and more than 1 lakh plus retailers.
Recharge mobiles, DTH, pay landline, gas, electricity bills, easily make purchases using Mobikwik app.
This was launched in 2010 by Kunal Shah and Sandeep Tandon. You can make prepaid, postpaid, DTH, metro recharge and utility bill payments using Freecharge wallet app. It also allows you to make online and offline purchase.
Its “Chat-n-Pay” service enables you to chat and pay friends, family and merchants in less than 5 minutes.
Oxigen was founded in 2014 by Pramod Saxena to offer micropayment of services and remittances in real time. With 20 million customers, 15000 plus registered merchants and 500,000 plus retail outlets using oxigen, it has built a strong business in India.
It offers services like mobile/DTH /Data card recharges, bill payments, instant money transfers, online shopping and more.
Pockets is a visa powered UPI enabled e-wallet of ICICI bank. It’s not necessary to have ICICI bank account to use this app. Customers of other banks can also use this wallet to pay bills, shop anywhere, recharge mobiles and much more. If you are an ICICI bank customer, you can login with your internet banking user id and password.
Users can also get physical card to shop anywhere offline or online. Its ‘mVisa’ and ‘touch & pay’ features make it unique and preferred wallet.
See how ‘touch and pay’ feature works:
If you are ICICI bank customer, you can use its official mobile banking app iMobile as well.
Powered by Yes Bank, PhonePe is a UPI based app launched by Flipkart, a leading marketplace. You can make bank to bank payments by using mobile numbers or VPA( Virtual Payment Address).
Also, recharge any prepaid Mobile/Datacard/DTH, pay postpaid landline, datacard and mobile bills, electricity, gas bills and more. You can also do shopping on Flipkart using PhonePe.
8. Jio Money
Jio payment app is the latest wallet launched by Reliance. It can be used by customers of any telecom service provider. You can download JioMoney from Google Play Store or Apple App Store.
If you buy Jio’s LYF handset, you will be able to access JioMoney app with preloaded offers and discounts directly from merchants.
Account holders of any bank can download State Bank Buddy, a digital wallet by SBI. There are option to use the app in Hindi or English.
You can transfer or receive money, book movie/bus/ flight tickets, recharge mobiles, do shopping and more.
10. Vodafone M- Pesa
Recharge mobile, DTH and pay for many utility services with M-Pesa. It offers a unique service that helps users collect cash from nearby outlet when someone transfers money in their wallet. This service is available across more than 1,20,000 outlets. Also, you get 5% cashback on your transactions.
11. HDFC PayZapp
Install app on your phone and link your debit or credit card to Payzapp to send money, shop online and offline, buy movie tickets and more. Get great discounts at SmartBuy, pay bills and recharge your mobile, DTH and data card.
You can also compare and book flight tickets and hotels using this app.
Its a multi-bank UPI based payment service having support for 34 leading banks. You can use this app to manage all your bank accounts, send and request money, recharge your mobile phone, pay bills, do shopping at select merchants and more.
Retail outlets and online stores can use Chillr for business to enable their customers pay online.
13. Citrus Wallet
CitrusPay was launched in 2011 and has 21 million registered users and 8000+ merchants. Citrus is one of the leading payment gateways in India used by online merchants..
Send and receive money using mobile number. Split your bills, share a cab and much more.
This wallet was launched by Axis Bank in 2015 with a unique feature to integrate wallets, shopping, payments and banking. Add money from any bank account, debit or credit card to your Lime wallet that you can use for recharges, bill payments & shopping.
You can also track your spending by getting the history of your spends.
15. Citi MasterPass
Citi MasterPass is the first global wallet launched in India by Citibank and MasterCard in 2015 that enables Citibank India customers shop online worldwide.
It stores your payment and shipping information in one place so you can shop and checkout faster on sites that display “Buy with MasterPass” button.
Its basically a payment gateway service provider for merchants to collect payments from customers. PayUmoney is quite popular and a trusted one. More than 2,50,000 sellers are using this for making transactions.
You can use PayUMoney wallet to pay bills, recharge and keep all your spending in one place.
With mRupee, you can send or receive money using email or mobile number. You can also make IRCTC bookings, pay LIC premium, recharge mobile and DTH and pay electricity bills using mRUPEE mobile wallet.
Also, book bus tickets, make IRCTC bookings, pay your LIC premium using the mRUPEE mobile wallet.
Send and receive payments with this UPI enabled wallet. Also, pay your favorite restaurant in the app directory, recharge mobiles, DTH, pay phone and other utility bills and buy gift cards from Flipkart, Amazon, Armani.
19. Airtel Money
Use Airtel Money to recharge mobile and DTH of all operators, pay postpaid & landline bills. Use for spas and shopping, to send & receive money from any Airtel Money customer, send money to any bank account via NEFT and more.
20. Ola Money
Download Ola Money app and make purchases with your money stored on Ola app for a seamless shopping experience. You can also avail offers from select partner sites like MyBusTickets using this app and pay postpaid mobile bills, mobile recharges, electricity bills, gas bills.
A Bengaluru based startup that was acquired by Shopclues, enables you to make payments at over 3000 outlets/ restaurants in Bengaluru and Pune without waiting for the bill. They have recently added Mobikwik, ICICI and Payzapp payment options as well. You can also use MomoXpress wallet where you need to make payments on phone.
Install Ezetap app on Android phone. After signing in, you will be prompted to install associated service app. Download that as well. This will enable you to pair Ezetap device with your phone. After this follow instructions to make transactions.
Use your this app to recharge mobile phone, DTH, pay electricity, telephone bills, for online shopping, domestic transfers and more. MoneyonMobile is a smartphone and mobile SMS application.
24. Itz cash
This is India’s leading phygital payments platform that issues prepaid cards for offline and online transactions. Now use Itz e-wallet to recharge mobile, DTH, pay electricity, gas, landline bills, transfer money and more. You can also recharge mobiles of friends in your contact list without entering the phone number.
Upcoming digital wallets in India
There are talks about Amazon launching digital wallet but no official statement yet.
Digital wallets in India