What is 2-step verification?

You can add an extra layer of security to your PayPal account by enabling 2-step verification for log in. Once this feature is activated, we’ll send you a unique, random 6-digit access code each time you try to log in. Simply enter this code to access your account.

There are two ways to set up 2-step verification. You can use an authenticator app (like Google Authenticator and Microsoft Authenticator) or you can ask us to send text messages to your mobile phone.

To set up 2-step verification:

  1. Go to Settings.
  2. Click Security.
  3. Next to '2-step verification', click Edit.
  4. Choose to receive a text or use an authenticator app, then click Next.
  5. Follow the prompts to link your phone or authenticator app.
  6. Set up a back-up method in case you can’t access your primary cell or authenticator app.
  7. Click Done to activate 2-step verification.