"Hey Siri": Now you can use Apple's iPhone virtual assistant to transfer money with Barclays using just your voice

 
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Barclays customers can now pay someone just by telling Siri (Source: Getty)

"Hey Siri, transfer some money."

Apple's virtual assistant just got more useful thanks to Barclays, which has become the first high street bank in the UK to let customers use just their voice to transfer cash.

iPhone users simply need to tell Siri who they want to move money to without even having to open the Barclays app, just using a tap of their finger to authenticate the payment with Apple's Touch ID.

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The integration with Siri is the latest innovation from Barclays, which has also introduced voice recignition for telephone banking instead of passwords.

The bank said the technology ensures security but gets rid of the faff of remembering passcodes while also making online banking more accessible. Users just go to the app to turn the feature on and can pay existing payees, or anyone in their mobile contacts.

"Barclays has a long history of introducing innovative new products and services to give our customers choice in how they bank," said Barclays' head of customer experience and channels Raheel Ahmed.

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

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The innovation also drew praise from the City minister Steve Barclay. "Using Siri to make payments is another step forward in making banking easier, quicker and more flexible for people across Britain," he said.

"This is further proof that the UK is at the cutting edge of developing financial technology which truly delivers for consumers."

Banks are increasingly turning to technology to serve customers as they close branches. Barclays plans to close dozens of branches this Autumn.

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