Barclays customers can pay cheques via photo

3 July 2015

Barclays-PA Even though there's loads of ways of paying for things via ways that aren't cheques, Barclays are seemingly reluctant to let them go, as they roll out their 'cheque imagining' service a million more of its customers.

What's all this about? Well, you can pay in cheques by taking a photograph of it, rather than walking to a branch with it in your hand. Of course, this has been around on iPhone for a while, but now, it is on Android, on the back of nearly £750,000 deposited through the service.

This technology lets you pay in cheques worth (up to) £500, and the money is available to spend immediately.

Normally, a cheque takes a couple of days to go through clearing. If your cheque bounces, then you are notified and the money is removed from your account. Some of you are already thinking of ways to bend the rules on this, we can tell.

On its terms and conditions, it says: "You authorise us to take a cheque payment back out of your Barclays account - even if we have allowed you to make a payment or take cash out against it."

This ruling allows for cheques accidentally paid into the wrong too, so that's something.

Ashok Vaswani, Barclays personal and corporate banking chief executive, said: "Our customers have welcomed this convenient new way of depositing one of the oldest forms of payment, which is why extending to android phones is an important step forward in giving all customers the ability to pay in cheques using their mobile devices."

TOPICS:   Banking   Mobile


  • Jeremy B.
    Do they accept photocopies?
  • Censorship a.
    They need to up the limit to £1,000 or more; the lack of branch staff means it can take an hour to pay a wage cheque in, if you try it on the last Friday of the month.

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