How to Use PayPal Mobile

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Use PayPal Mobile

How to Use PayPal Mobile. PayPal Mobile allows you to use your account even when you can't get to a computer. There are numerous advantages to using PayPal Mobile with your wireless device. They range from sending money to simply checking your balance. As long as you use a participating wireless carrier, you can take PayPal with you wherever you go.

Things You'll Need

  • Wireless device
  • PayPal account

Activate PayPal Mobile

Confirm that your cell phone or wireless carrier supports PayPal Mobile and ask about fees you might incur by using it. The service itself is free, but some providers charge fees for data transfer.

Find and click on the "Activate PayPal Mobile" link on your PayPal "Account Overview" page. Select the "Activate Your Phone" button.

Enter your cell phone number and create and enter your PIN. You will need to change your default phone number if it's not set to your cell phone.

Submit the information and enter your PIN number on your mobile device when you receive a confirmation call.

Use PayPal Mobile to Send Money

Use the text feature on your mobile device to send money to someone. Send a text to PayPal (729725) including the phone number or email to which you're sending money, as well as the amount of payment.

Wait for a confirmation text or phone call and use your PIN number to authorize the transaction. Your recipient will also receive a confirmation text as well as instructions on how to set up PayPal mobile if he doesn't already have it.

Use PayPal Mobile for Purchases

Purchase an item with a "Text to Buy" option using your mobile device. Just text the item code to the number listed with it and wait for PayPal to send you a message or call you to confirm payment.

Use a Web-enabled phone to surf the Internet and buy items directly from a website. Using the PayPal option when you check out prompts you to log in to your PayPal account. You can then proceed to use your account just as you would on a computer.

Use PayPal Mobile Advanced Features

Utilize the basic text keyword shortcuts to get account information. You can check your balance by texting "bal" or "balance" to PayPal and use "send," "to," get" and "from" to send and request money. You can also cancel a payment with the word "cancel" or the symbol "x". If all else fails, text the word "help" to learn how to do what you can't figure out for yourself.

Change currencies by using the three-letter abbreviation after the amount you want to send. For example, you can text "send 10 GBP" to send 10 pounds to a friend in England.

Add notes to a payment by using the "note" keyword after the transaction details.

Tips & Warnings

  • Forward any text messages that you think are scams to PayPal and add the word "spoof" in front of it.

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