PayPal Mobile: Frequently Asked Questions

PayPal Mobile general questions

Sending money by mobile phone

Security and privacy

PayPal Mobile general questions

How does PayPal Mobile work?

With PayPal on you Mobile you can use your WAP or browser-enabled mobile phone to send money to people, buy selected items and donate to charity by logging in to

Do I need a PayPal account to use PayPal Mobile?

Yes. You need to have a PayPal account in order to use PayPal Mobile. After you activate your phone for PayPal Mobile, you can send money from your PayPal account to a phone number or email address.

Is it safe to send money and buy things by phone?

Yes. With PayPal Mobile you’re covered by the same protection policies as with your online PayPal account and your financial information is never shared. Also, all mobile transactions must be confirmed before money is sent. To confirm payment, you must either log in with your username and password or use your PayPal Mobile PIN. Find out more about how we keep PayPal Mobile secure.

How do I get started?

Just activate your mobile phone for PayPal Mobile.

Sending money by mobile phone

Why would I want to send money to people by mobile phone?

It’s convenient; you can send money anytime from anywhere. PayPal immediately notifies the recipient and explains how to claim the payment. It’s also quicker than to finding a computer to log on and transfer money or trying to find an ATM.

How do I send money by mobile phone?

You can send money by logging into your PayPal account.

  • Log into your PayPal account
  • Enter your PayPal Mobile PIN and then the amount and mobile phone number or email address you want to send the money to when prompted.

Find out more about how to use PayPal Mobile to send money.

Is it free?

PayPal does not charge you to check your balance, send payments by mobile phone, or receive money into a Personal account. If you have a Premier or Business account, you're charged the standard PayPal fees for receiving personal payments. Your mobile phone carrier may charge you for text messages or data usage.

Security and privacy

What if my mobile phone gets lost or stolen?

As long as you take measures to keep your PayPal account safe, nobody would be able to access your PayPal account. This is because your mobile PIN or username and password are needed to confirm payments. If your mobile phone gets lost or stolen and you decide to keep your mobile phone number, you have to change your PayPal Mobile PIN. This will ensure that no one can access your PayPal account. If you change your mobile phone number, you need to delete the previous number from your PayPal account.

Will I receive mobile phone spam if I sign up for PayPal Mobile?

PayPal has a strict no-spam policy. All PayPal text messages will be related to your transactions. You can choose whether you want to be notified about special offers.