How To Delete Your PayPal Account: 3 Quick Steps

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With so many ways to easily send and receive money, it might make spending just a little too convenient. If you are currently trying to build your bank account as opposed to depleting it, sometimes you have to take the temptation away through how you pay. Whether you are looking to change your spending habits or just have found a payment platform you prefer more, deleting your personal PayPal account can be done in three simple steps.

How To Delete PayPal Account in 3 Easy Steps

If you want to delete a PayPal account, first log in to your account and look for the account tab on the PayPal website or app. Then follow these three steps. 

Closing Your Account: PayPal Website

  • Step one: In the top right corner, click on the gear icon to go into the settings menu.
  • Step two: Under “Account options” click “Close your account.”
  • Step three: Select the “Close account” button.

Closing Your Account: PayPal App

  • Step one: Transfer any remaining balance to your linked bank account.
  • Step two: Click on your profile icon.
  • Step three: Select “Close your account.”
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Reasons You May Not Be Able To Close Your PayPal Account

Though closing and deleting your PayPal account is pretty straightforward, there may be a few hang-ups you have to take care of first. Here are some factors you might have to resolve before closing your account.

  • Remaining balance: Any money you have left in your PayPal balance has to be transferred to your linked bank account.
  • Unresolved issues: If there have been any disputes over payments with someone you’ve sent money to or received money from that are open, those will have to be resolved.
  • Pending payments: Any payments that haven’t been processed yet could hinder you from being able to close your account. In this case, you’ll have to wait until they clear. 

Final Take To GO 

If you want to delete your PayPal account, you can in a few quick steps. Be aware, however, that once you close and delete your account, you cannot reopen that same account. If you close your PayPal account and wish to use the app again, you’ll have to open a new account. 


Here are the answers to some of the most frequently asked questions about deleting a PayPal account.
  • How do I delete my PayPal account permanently?
    • Here are three steps you can take to delete your account:
      • -In the top right corner of the PayPal website, click on the gear icon to go into the settings menu. If you are using the app, you can click on your profile icon.
      • -Under "Account options" click "Close your account."
      • -Select the "Close account" button.
    • Be aware that if you delete your account it cannot be reopened.
  • Why can't I close my PayPal account?
    • There could be a few reasons why you cannot close your account. You could have a remaining balance, unresolved issues or pending payments in your transaction history. If you cannot clear those issues up on your own you may need to contact customer service before you can close your account.
  • Does closing a PayPal account delete it?
    • Yes, closing a PayPal account does delete it. Once it is closed you will not be able to reopen that same account.
  • How do I permanently delete my PayPal account without logging in?
    • You have to be logged into your account in order to close it. If you do not remember your login information, you can contact customer service to help you close your account.
  • How do I remove my credit card from PayPal?
    • You can remove a credit card from your PayPal account by going through the following steps:
      • -Go to your PayPal Wallet.
      • -Select the credit card you want to remove.
      • -Click the "Remove card" option.
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