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The UPI vs Wallets war: Who is the winner?

The UPI vs Wallets war: Who is the winner?

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Recent research suggests that between 2021-22 & 2024-25, UPI will dominate payments space with 59% payment transactions. Interestingly, UPI clocked a whopping 1.31 billion transactions in December 2019. Further, UPI has been dethroning popular payments medium like Wallets, Digital Cards, etc. In other words, UPI vs Wallets debate is a reality.

From the non-requirement of an intermediary to safe and secure transactions, UPI differs from wallets on a number of aspects.

UPI vs Wallet

In the course of this blog, let us learn the crucial differences between UPI and Wallets.


UPI vs Wallets Difference 1: Intermediary involvement/ Money Source

In the case of wallets, money is transferred from the sender’s wallet to the receiver’s wallet. The user has to load money from their respective bank account to the wallet before making a payment. Hence, the wallet acts as the intermediary in the money transfer between individuals. It involves a complex transaction process.

On the other hand, UPI involves direct bank to bank money transfer. There is no involvement of an intermediary, thereby reducing the complex wallet loading step. Hence, you can make the funds transfer with a single step.


UPI vs Wallets Difference 2: Account Identity

In the case of the wallet, the mobile number is the account identification entity. Before you make a transaction, the identity of the sender and the receiver is verified by the wallet application.

Contrarily, in the case of UPI, the VPA (Virtual Payment Address) acts as the payment identifier. It takes the form of:

ex: ******@ (application customised name) -> devi@okicici


UPI vs Wallets Difference 3: Interoperability

In the case of wallets, the sender and the receiver have to be registered with the same wallet app to make a transaction. For example, if the sender uses a Paytm wallet, the receiver should have the Paytm wallet to receive the money.

In comparison, the UPI transaction takes place between any two bank accounts, irrespective of the UPI application used to make the transaction. For example, using Google Pay, a sender can transfer money to a receiver who has Phonepe installed on his phone ( using his Phonepe VPA ).


UPI vs Wallets Difference 4: Transaction Limit

Wallets come with a low transaction limit. For example, for non-KYC customers, the transaction limit is 10k/month. And for KYC customers, the transaction limit is 20k/month.

On the other hand, for UPI transactions, there is a limit of 1 lakh transactions/day. However, the upper limit varies from bank to bank, i.e, from 10k to 1 lakh.


UPI vs Wallets Difference 5: Safety

UPI provides a platform for a safe and secure transaction. In other words, every UPI transaction happens with a 4 or 6 digit M-PIN (mobile pin). The MPIN is set up during the initial registration on the UPI App.

Comparatively, there is a chance of security compromise in the case of wallets due to the indirect involvement of the bank. It is basically a wallet to wallet money transfer.


Top 5 differences between UPI and Wallets

  1. UPI comes with the direct bank to bank transfer while wallet transactions involve payments from one wallet to another with the indirect involvement of the bank.
  2. The wallet makes use of the mobile number for account identity while UPI makes use of the VPA.
  3. The UPI transfer happens between 2 bank accounts irrespective of the type of UPI app use whereas wallet transfer requires the installation of the same wallet app for money transfer.
  4. UPI transaction limit is 1 lakh per transaction while the wallet transaction is limited to 10k/month for non-KYC customers.
  5. UPI transaction requires an MPIN while wallet transaction may or may not involve an OTP.

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