Shoppers across the UK may soon be able to pay for goods using their name and profile picture, through online payment service PayPal.

PayPal has launched a new ‘check-in’ tool on its app, which retailers can sign up to accept.

It is another cashless purchasing option available as companies compete to create new payment methods without the need for a physical wallet.

Last month MasterCard launched its e-wallet MasterPass service, which remembers the payment details of each customer so they can pay for items in one click.

PayPal head of retail services Rob Harper said: “This is another step towards a walletless high street, where customers will be able to leave their wallet or purse at home and pay using their phone or tablet.”

The app is being trialled in Richmond, London, for the first time in the UK. A dozen high street businesses, including cafes, restaurants, shops and a fish and chip shop are now accepting the payment method.

Harper added: “Locals in Richmond can leave their wallet or purse at home and be the first in the country to use their profile picture to pay.”  

A customer checks in to a shop by clicking on the retailer and sliding a pin down on the app. Their name and photo appear on the retailer’s till and the cashier then charges them by clicking on the image.

Once the payment has been accepted the customer will receive a phone alert and PayPal receipt as normal.

PayPal's face recognition payment tool