The fact that PayPal is one of the most widely used payment methods in the world means you might find yourself having to use the platform at some point. And many people wonder if it’s mandatory to have a PayPal account before being able to use the services of the platform. This article will answer one of PayPal’s frequently searched questions, “How to use PayPal without an account?”
You don’t necessarily need to have an account before you can send money or pay for items online with PayPal. And this means it’s possible to use PayPal without an account. And I’ll be explaining how to use PayPal without an account below.
It’s possible you’ve come across PayPal as one of the main methods of payment when shopping online as PayPal is widely accepted by many online stores. You may not need PayPal for more than just paying for goods online and because of this, may not be willing to go through PayPal’s signup process. The good news is that you can use PayPal without registering an account and you’d still get the same buyer’s protection PayPal offers its users. Let’s see the ways you can use Paypal without an account below:
How to send money through PayPal without an account
Like I said earlier, you can use PayPal to send money without registering an account. To do this, you must inform your intended recipient to send you an invoice or money request. It is the person you intend to send money to that will initiate the transaction. So two things will happen after telling the recipient to send you an invoice or a money request. You will either receive a detailed invoice (usually happens if you are paying a business) or a simple note explaining the purpose of the money (usually happens when paying individuals).
The email notifying you of the invoice or money request will have a ‘Pay now’ button embedded in it and all you have to do is click on this button to send money without opening an account with PayPal.
Step 1: Click on the ‘Pay now’ embedded in the email or invoice you’ve received and the transaction process will be initiated. If you can’t find the mail containing the invoice, check your trash or spam folder to see if that’s where the email landed. If you still can’t see the mail after this, you’ll have to check in with the intended recipient to confirm that he/she sent the invoice to the right email.
Step 2: Enter your credit or debit card details. PayPal will try to woo you to join the platform as you’ll be given the option to open a PayPal account. If you have no interest in opening an account, simply select the credit or debit card option and enter the details of the card you’ll be using for the transaction. It’s safe to enter your credit or debit card details on PayPal so you can rest assured that your card details will be kept safe and confidential. Sending money on PayPal using a debit/credit card is a bit more expensive than making payments through a PayPal account with your balance or a linked bank account
Step 3: Here, you’ll be given one last opportunity to review the payment and make sure everything is in order. If you find no errors, confirm the payment by clicking the “confirm”button and the payment eill be processed. PayPal will send you an emailed receipt of your payment for your records.
And that’s how easy it is to send payments on PayPal without having an account. I like that PayPal makes this possible as people that have no interest in joining the platform can still send money to those on the platform.
How to accept PayPal payment without an account
You don’t need to have a PayPal account before someone can send you money. However, you’ll need to sign up for an account before you can claim the money. PayPal will notify you of any payment you receive and will include a sign up button in the email notification for you to register and claim your money. If you don’t claim your money within 30 dsys or so, PayPal will automatically refund the sender. So you need to open an account and verify your identity before you can claim money on PayPal.
Buyers Can Checkout Without a PayPal Account
PayPal allows buyers to checkout through the platform without having a PayPal account. So after completing your payment, you can now decide if you want to save your information in a PayPal account for future purchases. If not, no problem. You will still be able to checkout without a PayPal account the next time you shop online.
Checking out through PayPal without an account involves you entering your name and shipping address. After that, you’ll be prompted to enter your credit card information, email address, and phone number (optional). You review your details before confirming the transaction. PayPal will then give you an option to register on the platform and whether you accept or reject is up to you. It’s important that I mention that PayPal offers the same fraud prevention measures that it uses for registered users also for people just checking out with PayPal without having an account. Most of the costs connected to your online purchase are covered by the merchant, therefore you as a buyer don’t need to worry about choosing PayPal to pay for your online shopping. This makes PayPal a very good option when shopping online.