Betting you wouldn't trek to your bank or the closest ATM if you didn't have to, PayPal has added a feature to its free iPhone application that lets users deposit cheques into their PayPal accounts by taking a picture of them.


The PayPal app lets consumers deposit a cheque by taking a picture of it. ((iStock))

The online payment service owned by eBay Inc. launched the feature this week.

It lets you deposit a cheque by snapping a photo of its front and back with an iPhone. Once the funds show up in your PayPal account balance, they can be spent or transferred to a bank account.

PayPal recommends keeping the cheque for 15 days, just in case it doesn't clear properly.

Osama Bedier, PayPal's vice-president of platform, mobile and new ventures, said the feature cleared $100,000 worth of cheques in the first 36 hours it was available.

It's unclear whether Canadians will be able to take advantage of the application. Current regulations don't include image capture in financial transactions.