Netflix is now rolling out support for UPI Autopay payments in India that will allow you to pay for your monthly subscription using your UPI ID – typically a name or phone number followed by “@ok” and your bank or UPI provider name. For example, “gadgets360 @ okaxis” is a UPI ID (dummy). The UPI Autopay feature will first be available on Netflix.com and the Netflix Android app, with new and existing members being able to opt-in. If you are already registered, go to the Account section >> Billing Details, to switch to UPI AutoPay.
This is only the second payment method that Netflix supports directly on its own platform. Prior to the launch of UPI AutoPay, payments on Netflix in India were limited to accepted credit and debit cards from Visa, MasterCard, American Express and Diners Club. Alternatively, you can subscribe to Netflix through a partner, including Airtel, Jio and Vi. The introduction of UPI AutoPay comes after limited testing performed by Netflix, Gadgets 360 discovered.
Since this is UPI Autopay, it supports recurring transactions, which means you won’t have to worry about making the payment manually every month. Netflix could be ahead of the curve here, with India’s central bank, the Reserve Bank of India (RBI) set to impose new rules on recurring transactions from October 1st and storage of card details [PDF] of January 1, 2022. However, Netflix did not refer to the RBI rules in its statement.
“Our goal is to give members more freedom and control over their Netflix experience – to watch their favorite stories whenever they want, all without ads,” said Netflix India’s head of payments, Gunjan Pradhan, in a prepared statement. “We hope that adding UPI AutoPay to our existing payment options – credit and debit cards as well as integrations with Airtel, Vi and Jio – will give our members even more flexibility.”