With COVID, the use of online payment apps has spiked. PhonePe, Google Pay, BHIM, paytm, and many other apps have seen a huge growth in the number of users since the beginning of 2021. And amidst all the chaos, growth, and competition, PhonePe crosses Gpay to become the largest UPI app in India. This report is based on the latest NPCI data from December, where the app has seen a 3.87% increase in the total UPI transactions in December. And the best part about all this is, PhonePe is an Indian app.
PhonePe crosses Gpay!
According to the data given by NPCI, the total number of transaction processed by PhonePe were 902.03 million. And this amounted to a total of Rs 1,82,126.88 crores. Until now, GPay held the top spot in the department but has now slipped to the second position. The app has recorded a total fo 854.49 million transactions that were Rs 1,76,199.33 crores in value. So, the lead that PhonePe has over Google Pay is quite substantial, at least in the no of transactions. There are many other apps in the country, but the sheer size of PhonePe and Gpay account for 78% of the entire market.
Also, PhonePe has seen steady growth in the no of transactions and transaction value, according to NPCI data. The company had a total number of 868.4 million transactions in November, which has increased by 3.87% in December. At the same time, the total transaction value was Rs 1,75,453,85 crores, which increase by 3.8%. Another factor that led to PhonePe becoming the biggest UPI app in India was Google Pay’s downfall. The app saw a decline of about 11% in the entire transactions and 9.15% in terms of the total value from November to December.
Other contenders of the UPI market
After PhonePe and Gpay, we have Paytm Payments bank in the third spot. The app recorded about 1/4th of the total number of transactions as compared to PhonePe and Gpay. At the same time, the transaction value was about 1/6th of the top contenders. Other than that, we also have Amazon pay and BHIM processing 40.53 million and 24.80 million transactions in December. We are also seeing new contenders in the space like CRED that have also seen a significant rise in the number of transactions in December.
Whatsapp has also joined the UPI and payments market in November. Though it hasn’t gone mainstream yet, the fact that it’s integrated with India’s biggest chatting app gives it quite a heads up. With online payments becoming a mainstream thing, the popularity of these apps will only increase in the future.
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