How to Get Started with Your PayPal Account

Sign up to pay securely and have all your cards and rewards in one place when you shop online.

Why PayPal?

Having a PayPal account is like getting a digital wallet that protects your data and helps you get more out of your payments. Not only does it allow you to shop and pay without typing in your payment card details each time, you keep your financial details stored and unshared on an encrypted network. And if you’re still wondering why you should get one, here are more reasons to:


Flash deals and tickets get snapped up fast. Typing your credit or debit card details is slow and time-consuming. PayPal helps you score more buys with speedier checkouts.


Each time you disclose your financial details is another exposure to risk. Using PayPal keeps your financial information more secure no matter which website you shop on.


PayPal lets you link all your cards to one place and choose your preferred card to pay. You’ll still earn reward points* for purchases.


You’ll also enjoy Buyer Protection# for your payments, as well as refunds on return shipping for eligible goods^.


With PayPal accepted in more than 200 countries and regions, you can shop brands across the globe and pay in your preferred currency.


You can also send money, receive payments, and more with your account. Shopping is just the start.


Yes, it is absolutely free to set up your PayPal personal account, and you can do it right now! Read on to find out how.

Already have one? Link your cards to start shopping and earning reward points.

How To Sign Up

Signing up is easy and we’ve broken down the steps to guide you through the process.

When you see the PayPal button while checking out:


You can choose to sign up while checking out on any online store that accepts PayPal. All you need to do is to choose PayPal as your payment option, and you will be brought to PayPal’s secure network where you can enter your personal and billing information.


On the PayPal website


STEP 1: Select your account type: Select your account type

Signing up can also be done on our website. Simply select For You in the left box option.

STEP 2: Create your login details


Make sure you get your personal information right when you sign up for your PayPal account.

To ensure your account is set up correctly - always use the correct National ID or passport number. If you are a Mainland China Resident, you must use your name in Chinese characters from your National ID. Pinyin is not allowed. If you are a non-Mainland China Resident, you must use your full name from your passport.

Let us know the email address and the password you want to use. These will be what you need to log into your account in the future, so make sure to choose a password only you know.

If you’ve already got a business account set up, you’ll need to set up your new account with a personal email address, bank account and credit or debit card. You can also choose to upgrade your personal account to a business one if you don’t already have one.

STEP 3: Tell us more about yourself


Let us know more details such as your name, date of birth, address and contact details. Do ensure the details are the same as those in your National ID or passport, and check the box to accept our Terms and Conditions.

STEP 4: Link your credit or debit card


Adding a credit or debit card to your PayPal account not only saves you time when you shop online, but safeguards your financial information and purchases against potential fraud. You can link your credit or debit cards to start shopping immediately.

STEP 5: Verify your email address


Once your account is created, we will send you an email to confirm your email address. We’ll also email you each time you make a payment so you can easily track your shopping.

Click on Confirm Email Address to verify your email address on our network. And that’s it, you now have your account set up and ready to go!

(Optional) STEP 6: Verify your mobile phone number


For added security, you may choose to verify your mobile phone number.

Still unsure of how you can use PayPal? Here's a video to find out more.

*Reward schemes may differ when using PayPal. Please refer to your credit card provider for details

^Up to 3 refunds to the value of $20 USD each until 31st December 2019. Terms and conditions, including our user agreement, shall apply

#For eligible orders within 180 days of payment. See Terms and Conditions for further information

Useful Resources

Discover the deals and rewards you can get when you shop worldwide with PayPal.

Transactions with PayPal enjoy world-class security with 24/7 fraud monitoring.

How you can get full refunds on eligible purchases that do not arrive or isn’t as described.

Here’s how you can get refunds for your return shipping costs on eligible purchases.