How do I open or close a PayPal account?
Opening an account:
Signing up for a PayPal account is free. All you need is an email address.
- Go to our Sign Up page.
- Choose the type of account you want and click Continue.
Note: To open a business account there are some extra steps. You’ll need to select a payment solution and provide certain business information to get started.
Here's a video with advice on opening a Business account.
Closing an account:
Before you close your account please be sure there’s no money in your PayPal balance and that your financial details have been removed. If there is a balance, withdraw the money to your bank account. Once your balance is zero, remove your bank and card details.
To close your PayPal account:
- Go to Settings.
- In the 'Account options' section, click Close your account and follow the instructions.
We may ask you to confirm ownership of the account before it can be closed.
Note: It’s not possible to reopen an account once it has been closed but you can sign up for a new account instead.
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