How to Get a PayPal Email Account


PayPal is a website that allows you to buy online without giving merchants your credit card and to receive money online either for free or for a nominal fee. PayPal is free to sign up for and relatively easy to use. Once you sign up, you will have a PayPal email address that you can use to sign on to the site and to give to people who want to send you payments via PayPal.

  • Choose your email address. You may already have an email account through your Internet service provider, such as Road Runner or AOL, or you may already have an account through one of the free online email providers. If you do, you can use your existing email address as your PayPal email address. If you do not, then you can sign up for a free email account on one of the many free email providers including Gmail, Yahoo or Microsoft.

  • Go to the PayPal website at This is the main page of the PayPal website and will allow you to create your PayPal account and thus create your PayPal email address.

  • Select the option "New to PayPal? Sign up," which is displayed on the left hand side of the screen. You will be taken to a screen in which you are asked to select whether to open a personal account, a premier account or a business account. A personal account allows you to send money online, but it limits the amount of money you can receive to $500 per month, so if you need more than that, you will need to sign up for a premier account. Finally, a business account allows you to create an account if you use a business name. Select the right option, along with your language and country.

  • Fill in the required information including your name, address, phone number and email. The phone number will be used to confirm your identity. The email you use will become your official PayPal email. You can then log into your account with that email. If someone needs to send you money, they can send the money to that email address, and you will receive it in your account.

  • Confirm your email address by clicking the link in the confirmation email PayPal sends you. This is done to verify that the email address is, in fact, correct.

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