Can I cancel a PayPal payment that I've already sent?
You can only cancel a payment if its status is “Pending”or "Unclaimed" and there’s a Cancel button beside it. This means the recipient hasn’t received or accepted your payment yet.
To cancel a pending payment from the PayPal app:
- Tap See Activity.
- Select the payment you want to cancel.
- Tap Cancel Payment.
To cancel a pending payment from your computer:
- On the Activity page, locate the pending payment.
- Click Cancel.
- On the next page click Cancel Payment.
If a payment is Completed this means the money has already reached the other party, so it can’t be cancelled.
You may still ask the recipient for a refund. If you’re refused a refund, but feel that you’re entitled to one, you can open a dispute to discuss this with the seller via the Resolution Centre*. If this doesn’t help you can escalate your dispute to a claim, for PayPal to resolve if necessary.
* The Resolution Centre is not available on the PayPal app but you can access it via the PayPal website on your desktop.