How do I turn on or off 2-step verification for PayPal account login?

Your password is your first level of account security. But you can add a second layer - we call this 2-step verification.

Each time you log in, in addition to your password, you’ll enter a one-time code you receive via text message or generate using an authenticator app.

Here's how to set it up:

  1. Go to your Settings.
  2. Click Security.
  3. Click Set Up next to “2-step verification.”
  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.
You can deactivate 2-step verification at any time:
  1. Go to your Settings.
  2. Click Security.
  3. Click Update next to “2-step verification.”
  4. Click Turn Off next to 2-step verification, then the Turn It Off button.
You can opt to skip 2-step verification on a device you trust. Simply log in to PayPal on the device and complete 2-step verification, then you’ll see the option to trust this device. To opt out, go to the “2-step verification” section in your Settings and revoke the permission on this device.