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What payment methods can I use with PayPal?

With PayPal, you can add one or more of the following payment methods:

  • Your bank account
  • Your Visa, Mastercard, Discover, or American Express card
  • Your balance if you have a PayPal Balance account.

Here's how to change your preferred payment method:

  1. Click Wallet.
  2. Click the preferred payment method.
  3. Click Set as preferred.

For some payments, when your selected or preferred payment method isn’t available, we’ll use your backup payment method instead. In those instances, the backup payment method may be displayed to you before you complete the payment. This applies to one-time, online transactions, not in-store or automatic payments.

Before sending a payment, please ensure the payment method you want is the one selected.

Please note that you need to add a payment method (such as a card) to your PayPal account before you can select it as a preferred way to pay.

Changing your preferred payment method won’t affect automatic payments. You can update your payment preference directly on the automatic payment.

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