Getting Started with Your PayPal Account

Feb 20 2020 | PayPal editorial staff

Create your personal account to pay more securely 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 purchases. 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. 


You won’t need to look for your wallet or card while shopping online with PayPal. And with One Touch, you can go straight to review and pay. 


Each time you disclose your financial details is another exposure to risk. Using PayPal keeps your financial information more securely encrypted 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 can still earn reward points* for purchases. 


You can also enjoy Buyer Protection for your purchases, as well as free 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 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. 

Already signed up for an account? Here’s how to add a credit or debit card 

On the PayPal website:  

STEP 1: Select your account type 

Signing up can also be done on our website. Simply select Get Started in the ‘Buy with PayPal’ box. 

STEP 2: Create your login details 

Let us know the email address and the password you want to useThey will be required 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 different personal email address, bank account and credit or debit card. You can also choose to upgrade your personal account if you want more secure payment solution for your business. 

STEP 3: Tell us more about yourself 

Provide us with 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 card, and don’t forget to 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 helps safeguard 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 has been 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. You can also verify your mobile number by clicking on Get Code to start sending and receiving money on your mobile device. 

That’s it, you now have your account set up and ready to go! 

Still unsure of how you can use PayPal? Here's a video to find out more. 
The contents of this site are provided for informational purposes only. You should always obtain independent, professional accounting, financial, and legal advice before making any business decision.


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


^ Terms & Conditions apply

Frequently asked questions.

Here's how you can create a crowdfunding campaign platform:
  1. Sign up for PayPal Developer to innovate, test, and go live. 
  2. Accept the PayPal Developer Agreement.
  3. Create an Adaptive Payments application. This is the PayPal product that supports crowdfunding models. To use Adaptive Payments, your PayPal Business Account must be in good standing.
  4. Go to PayPal applications to create the application submission and be sure to include as much detail as possible; including information on the APIs you will be using.
To understand what kind of APIs are supported for crowdfunding models, have a look at our crowdfunding guidelines and recommended best practices
To create and manage PayPal Subscriptions for your customers:
  1. Go to Tools.
  2. Click Get paid
  3. Click Open under Subscriptions.
If you’re accessing this page for the first time, you’ll see the introduction pages. Read the information and click Let’s Get Started.

Visit our Developer Portal for information on how to integrate PayPal Subscriptions with your website.
What is PayPal.Me?
PayPal.Me is a faster, easier way to get paid through PayPal. Just share your very own PayPal.Me link ( with others, and they can send you money for any reason.

They don’t have to know your email address or mobile phone number, or even have the PayPal app. They can just tap on your link, go to your PayPal.Me, type in the amount, and send the money.

How do I create my own PayPal.Me link?
Just visit
to create your link. If you already have a PayPal account, log in and generate your link. If you don't, signup is fast and free.

You can also grab your link from the PayPal.Me Profile section in your account settings.

Is it free to set up?
It sure is! PayPal doesn't charge a fee to open
a PayPal account or set up a PayPal.Me link.

What kind of PayPal account do I need?
PayPal.Me is open to all account types, however business accounts can only accept Goods and Services payments. 

Is PayPal.Me available in my country?
We're adding new regions as fast as we can. Check back often to see if it's available in your country

Can I use PayPal.Me on my mobile device?
Sure! Your PayPal.Me link is available on mobile (iPhone and Android), desktop, and tablet. 

Need more information?
How do I set up my link?
How do I get paid with PayPal.Me?
How do I send money using PayPal.Me?
How do I manage my PayPal.Me link?
How secure is PayPal.Me?
You can manage your information by going to your PayPal.Me link and clicking “My PayPal.Me.”, or go to your account settings and click the PayPal.Me Profile.

I forgot my PayPal.Me link, what should I do?
No problem! Log into PayPal.Me and you’ll see your link. Also, your PayPal.Me link is included in the welcome email we sent when you first signed up.

How can I cancel or delete my PayPal.Me link?
Once you’ve created your PayPal.Me link, you won’t be able to delete it. If you want to hide your PayPal.Me link from the world, log into PayPal.Me, tap or click “Turn Off My Link.” This will prevent people from sending you money. Your PayPal.Me link will still be linked to your PayPal account and won’t be available for others to grab.

What photo will show up on my link? Can I change it?
If you already have a Profile photo saved to your PayPal account, that’s what will show up. If you don’t have a photo or if you want to replace it, you can do that through your PayPal.Me link.
The contents of this site are provided for informational purposes only. The information in this article does not constitute legal, financial, IT, business or investment advice of any kind and is not a substitute for any professional advice. You should always obtain independent, professional accounting, financial, IT and legal advice before making any business decision.