How to Link Credit or Debit Cards to Your PayPal

Save yourself the risk and hassle of entering your financial details each time you shop and pay online.

So you’ve signed up for your PayPal account and are a few steps away from faster checkouts. Adding a credit or debit card not only saves the hassle of looking for payment details each time you shop, it also better guards your data as you no longer have to type in your financial information on the different websites you check out on.

Moreover, PayPal never shares your full details and monitors for any activity that seem unusual. We’ll send you a receipt for every payment, so you can keep track of your spending.

The best thing is that using PayPal to pay is free. You won’t need to pay any fees to enjoy faster and safer checkouts, along with your card rewards and additional perks such as Buyer Protection and free return shipping for eligible goods*.

Linking your credit or debit card

There are various ways you can link your credit or debit card. If you haven’t already done so while signing up, you can do it at any time from your personal account.

STEP 1: Link from your PayPal payment dashboard

Link payment method

Once you’ve logged in, look for the Payment Methods tab on your account browser and click through to a summary of your currently linked bank accounts, credit or debit cards, as well as PayPal Balance. To start, click on Link a card.

STEP 2: Verify your credit or debit card details

Add card detail

Choose if you’d like to link a credit or a debit card. We’d need your card details, which can be found on your physical bank card. Once you have done so, click Save.

You’ll then be taken to your bank’s website to authenticate your card. Once you enter the one-time passcode your bank will send to confirm your card, you’re done!

STEP 3: Add new credit or debit card

Using PayPal doesn’t mean you lose out on card perks. In fact, your account allows you to pick and choose the card that gives you the preferred reward points, miles and cashbacks. All you need to do is link each card once.

Before linking, check if your bank accepts international transactions through PayPal. Do also remember to activate your credit or debit card, and make sure you’ve enabled it for international transactions.

Remove A Credit or Debit card

To remove a credit or debit card, simply go to the same page under Payment Methods and select the card you want to remove. Click on Edit, and then Remove Card, and it will no longer be linked to your PayPal account.

Card details

What to do next?

Now that you have your account and credit or debit card linked and ready to go, it’s time to shop on more stores all around the world. Don’t forget, you’re covered with our Buyer Protection when you check out with PayPal, and enjoy free return shipping for eligible items*. You can also receive payments from others when you link your bank account.

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* Terms and Conditions apply. Please refer to our Buyer Protection and Refunded Returns pages for more information.

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