For those who want the flexibility of making digital payments on the fly, but without the worry of possibly sharing every payment they make with the world, there are several alternatives.
The top best alternatives to Venmo include:
- Cash App: Like Venmo, users can send and receive money quickly and easily using their phone. You can send money to any other Cash App user with either their username, phone number, or QR code. Payments are not displayed in a feed that can be seen by third parties.
- Zelle: Zelle partners with several major banks, so it may already be included in their apps. It works with your financial institution to send and receive money to and from friends, family and other trusted parties, directly into your accounts. All you need is an e-mail, phone number, and a bank that supports Zelle. It is also available as a separate app.
- PayPal: The parent company of Venmo, PayPal offers — on its app and site — more options for sending and receiving money, including a suite of business options. Plus, PayPal offers more protection when things go wrong, including missing items ordered from eBay or other supported partners.