Can I cancel a payment that I've already sent?

You can usually cancel a PayPal payment that is in a pending or unclaimed status. These payments will have a status of “Unclaimed” and will show in the “Pending” section of your PayPal account. This does not apply to an order you would like to cancel, please reach out to the merchant to discuss options for a cancellation and request a refund

If the payment is completed, you won’t be able to cancel it. You’ll need to contact the recipient/seller and request a refund

If the recipient/seller does not agree to refund your money, you may be able to open a dispute in the Resolution Center and communicate directly with the recipient/seller to resolve any issues.

Here's how to cancel a pending payment:

  1. On the Activity page, locate the pending payment
  2. Click Cancel.
  3. On the next page click Cancel Payment.





 

You can only cancel a pending payment that has a "Cancel" link next to it. If the payment you sent is pending for 30 days, it will be canceled automatically and refunded to you. If you sent the payment using a debit or credit card, the refund will be credited to the card you used. It may take up to 30 days for the card to be credited. If you sent your payment using a bank account and the payment is canceled, it will be refunded to your PayPal balance. If the payment has not cleared your bank yet, please allow 3-4 business days for the money to appear in your balance. Once the payment is in your balance you can transfer the funds to your bank account.