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What is PayPal add Cash at Stores and how do I use it?

You can add money to your PayPal Balance Account at select retailers. All you need to do is swipe your PayPal-branded Debit Card or generate a barcode in your PayPal app and provide it along with the cash you want to load at the register. 

Here’s how to generate a barcode on your smartphone:

  1. Tap Finances or Wallet at the bottom of the home screen.
  2. Tap Add Cash at Stores.
  3. Select a retailer and tap Generate Barcode.
  4. Bring the barcode on your smartphone to your selected retail store and the amount of cash you want to add.
  5. The cashier will scan your barcode to load money into your PayPal Balance Account.


  • Wait until you are at the retail location to generate the barcode on your phone. Once you get the barcode on your mobile phone, it’ll expire after 1 hour. If it expires, you’ll need to create a new one.
  • If you have a PayPal-branded Debit Card, you can use it to add cash to your PayPal Balance Account without generating a barcode. Provide the cash you want to add at the register and swipe your card or hand it to the cashier to swipe.
  •  There’s a fee to add cash to your PayPal Balance Account at participating stores. The fee amount varies by store. Generating barcodes in the app is free of charge. Please visit our PayPal Balance Terms and Conditions page for more information.
  • When you add cash to your PayPal Balance Account at a retail store using a barcode, you can add any amount from $20.00 USD to $500.00 USD per transaction.
  • The limit for adding money is $1,500.00 USD per day and a total of $5,000.00 USD a month, and the number of add money at store transactions is limited to 4 per day, 7 per week, and 20 per month. If you've reached these limits, you won't be able to add cash until the limits reset.
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