Barclays has become the first UK bank to let you send payments by asking Apple's voice-activated virtual assistant Siri.

Customers can use Siri to make payments to existing payees or their mobile phone contacts using the command "Hey Siri, pay XX £15." You'll then need to approve the payment using Apple's fingerprint ID, but you won't need to open the Barclays app.

To use the new service you'll have to first enable Siri Payments in the Barclays Mobile Banking app, by clicking on the 'More' menu and selecting 'Manage Payments'.

As you'll authorise payments using Apple's fingerprint recognition, you'll also need to have iOS 10 or later installed on your iPhone or iPad.

Raheel Ahmed, head of customer experience and channels at Barclays, said: "Barclays has a long history of introducing innovative new products and services to give our customers choice in how they bank. We recently celebrated the 50th anniversary of the world's first ATM, which was introduced to provide customers with 24/7 access to their money for the first time ever.

"The introduction of Siri payments to mobile banking customers is another step forward, giving flexibility and greater choice for all our customers."

Martin Lewis
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