How does PayPal.Me work?

Learn how to create a custom link for your PayPal account and what you can use it for.


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What is PayPal.Me?

PayPal.Me allows users who have a PayPal account to create a customized link to quickly request payments directly to their PayPal account. It was originally launched in 2015 to remove the need to give out personal information, like an email address or phone number, and can be customized with preset amounts of money.

What are the benefits?

  • Create a simple, personalized link to share with friends, family, customers, strangers and more.
  • Customize links with the amount of money you want to be paid.
  • Have funds transferred directly to your PayPal account.

What should you watch out for?

  • You can’t change your PayPal.Me link once it’s created.
  • You can only have one PayPal.Me link per PayPal account.
  • There are no tracking features for payments, so you won’t know why or what the money was sent for.

PayPal.Me fees

Because PayPal.Me transactions are the same as PayPal transactions, any fees you’d normally incur from PayPal will be attached to the PayPal.Me transaction.

The following fees apply when sending money to friends and family.

Funding methodDestination countryFees
PayPal balance or linked bank accountCanada$0
Credit card or Visa Debit cardCanada2.9% of the transaction amount + fixed fee based on the currency
PayPal balance or linked bank accountUS and most European countries$2.99
PayPal balance or linked bank accountAny other country$4.99
Credit card or Visa Debit cardUS and most European countries$2.99 + 2.9% + fixed fee based on the currency
Credit card or Visa Debit cardAny other country$4.99 + 2.9% + fixed fee based on the currency

Read our PayPal review to learn more about potential PayPal.Me fees

How to use PayPal.Me

Your PayPal.Me link is designed to make requesting payments easier. Signing up requires you to already have a PayPal account or you must be willing to make one. Once you have a PayPal account, follow these steps to create your PayPal.Me link:

  1. Visit PayPal.Me in the web browser of your choice.
  2. Click Create Your PayPal.Me Link.
  3. Log in to your PayPal account.
  4. Enter the text you want for your PayPal link. Remember, this cannot be changed after you set it.
  5. Review your information and agree to the terms, conditions and privacy policy.
  6. Click Agree and Create to finalize your PayPal.Me link.

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How to request money through PayPal.Me

Requesting money through PayPal.Me is as easy as sending your custom link to whoever you are requesting money from. There are two types of link you can send to request money:

  • This will request a payment without a specific payment amount. For example, will request any amount of money to be sent to the PayPal account.
  • Whatever number you place at the end will create a request for that amount of money. For example, will request $100 to be sent to the PayPal account.

You can create a PayPal.Me link through the PayPal.Me website or using the link structure above.

How do I pay someone through PayPal.Me?

To make a payment through PayPal.Me, ask the person you want to pay to send you a PayPal.Me link. After you have the link, either paste it into your web browser or click on it if it’s already a hyperlink.

The link will take you to a payment page where you can log in to your PayPal account to complete the payment with your preferred payment method.

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Bottom line

PayPal.Me is a convenient way to request money, so long as the person you are requesting money from already has a PayPal account or is willing to create one. These kinds of payments function exactly as other PayPal transactions do and prevent you from having to share any more personal information than the link.

Frequently asked questions

Can you change your PayPal.Me link?

No. Once you’ve created your PayPal.Me link it cannot be changed, and each PayPal account can only have one PayPal.Me link attached to it.

Are purchases made through PayPal.Me protected by PayPal’s buyer and seller protection program?

PayPal.Me operates using the same standards as regular PayPal purchases, so if the purchase in question would be protected when bought through PayPal, it will be protected when bought through a PayPal.Me link.

Is PayPal.Me free to set up?

Yes, but you’ll need a PayPal account to use this feature.

What countries is PayPal.Me available in?

PayPal.Me is available in many countries around the world. To see a full list, check PayPal’s official page.

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