How to use FreeCharge App effectively?

The below easy steps will help you leverage the FreeCharge App effectively.


How to install the FreeCharge App

You can install FreeCharge App on your mobile from either Play Store or App Store respectively for Android or iOS. You can start using the app by launching it and making use of all the tools. The general approach of using the app is to create a Unified Payments Interface (UPI) ID and making use of all the seamless features this provides.

Features of FreeCharge App

FreeCharge is a fine app which is like a life giver when you face a cash crunch. By directly linking your bank account with your mobile device, it serves as a toolbox for easy payments.

Feature breakdown of FreeCharge App are:

  • Linking your bank account thereby generating a UPI identification tag. Your mobile number must be registered with the bank account.
  • Generation of QR (Quick Response) code for your portfolio.
  • Ability to scan the QR code to pay.
  • Ability to pay by keying in UPI ID.
  • Payments for utilities like mobile recharge or water, electricity and other bills.

A handpicking of some features

Step-by-step procedure to link your bank account and get a UPI ID

STEP 1: You must have a mobile number associated with your bank account. Enter this mobile number.

STEP 2: When you select your bank to which your mobile number is associated, there is a process initiated whereby your bank account is extracted to be accessible on your mobile.

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STEP 3: When the scanning of your account is successful, your mobile is now a powerhouse for your bank account and you get a UPI code.

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Step-by-step procedure to generate the QR code

STEP 1: Click on the Account button present in the bottom right corner.

STEP 2: Navigate to BHIM UPI Settings and click on it.

STEP 3: Click on GENERATE QR CODE

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STEP 4: Your QR code will be generated to accept payments.

Step-by-step procedure to make a payment by scanning QR code

STEP 1: To send money to someone by scanning QR code, click on SEND MONEY at the top left of the screen.

STEP 2: There is an orange panel called SCAN QR CODE. Click on it. You must allow the app access to your camera.

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STEP 3: Focus the QR code in the view area. Upon a successful scan, your beneficiary details are shown.

STEP 4: Enter the amount you want to send, enter the PIN and make the transaction.

Step-by-step procedure to make a payment with UPI ID

STEP 1: To send money to someone by entering UPI ID, click on SEND MONEY at the top left of the screen.

STEP 2: There is a text box which says Enter BHIM UPI ID or mobile number. Click on it.

STEP 3: Enter carefully the recipient’s UPI ID and click the Submit button on the right of the text box.

STEP 4: Enter the amount you want to send, enter the PIN and make the transaction.

Step-by-step procedure to pay for utilities using FreeCharge app

STEP 1: FreeCharge is so versatile that you can use it conveniently to pay for Mobile, DTH, Electricity, Landline, Broadband, Gas, Datacard and so on.

STEP 2: As an example, consider paying for Electricity.

STEP 3: In the main screen under RECHARGE & BILL PAYMENT, there is an icon and text which says Electricity. Click on it.

STEP 4: Next screen is the provider. For example, BESCOM Bangalore. Your region’s local electricity provider must be selected.

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STEP 5: Enter the Account ID. You can get your account ID from previous bills.

STEP 6: Any outstanding bill will then be displayed. You must acknowledge the payment and by entering your PIN, your due will be debited.

STEP 7: Your transactions will be stored in Account-> My Transactions

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)

1. Can you inform me in a nutshell what FreeCharge app is about and how will I find it useful?

FreeCharge is a great app that fosters cashless transactions. Imagine going in a cab only to find you do not have the change to pay and may lose hundreds. Such a situation is thwarted by keying in the exact fare and preventing cash fee.

Note that FreeCharge is not the first app to do this and is in no way a put-downer. It should be in your app list to make easy payments.

2. Can you give me more idea on what is Unified Payments Interface (UPI)?

Unified Payments Interface (UPI) is a convenient facility where a bank account is linked to direct use on your mobile device. Transactions are protected via a personal identification number (PIN).

Your mobile number has to be registered with the bank and this account is designated a unique UPI. Anyone can send funds to this UPI and vice-versa, you can also send money or pay for your utilities.

3. Is FreeCharge safe? Should I take the extra precaution of my funds?

FreeCharge and other UPI enablers are absolutely safe but never divulge your PIN to anybody. So far there has never been security compromise and being restricted to the form factor of mobile devices, it is a safe option.

Additional information about the app as presented in the store is as below:

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