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How To Transfer Money From A Bank Account To PayPal Instantly

PayPal is a popular method of making payments online, paying for subscriptions, and sending money to friends and family. While transferring funds from your bank account to PayPal will take an average of 3 to 5 days, it is possible to link your bank account to your PayPal account for instant payments. In this article, we’ll cover how to instantly transfer money from your bank account to PayPal and send money to others.

Updated: 08/10/2021
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Many people use PayPal for regular subscriptions and payments. From Netflix to eBay, if you have regular payments leaving your bank account via your PayPal account, adding money to PayPal will ensure you can meet those payments on the day they’re due. That being said, having a linked bank account to simply debit funds straight from your account via PayPal could actually be quicker.

How to transfer money from your bank to PayPal

To link your bank account to your PayPal account, follow the following steps:

  • Login to your PayPal account
  • Go to the Account tab, and select ‘My Money’ from the drop-down menu when you hover over the link to your Profile.
  • Update your bank account information in the Bank Account section
  • If you have access to online banking, you can click ‘Confirm Instantly’. Otherwise, select the ‘Confirm in 2 – 3 days’ button and follow the prompts to complete the process.

Once you’ve connected your bank account, you can then easily add money to your PayPal account. To do this:

  • Make sure you’re logged in to your PayPal account
  • Under the section on your dashboard that displays your PayPal balance, click ‘Add Money’
  • You can then select to add money from your linked bank account
  • Enter your withdrawal amount and click ‘Next’
  • Check all the details are correct and then click to confirm your withdrawal from your bank account

How long does it take to add funds to your PayPal account?

Depending on your bank, it can take between 3 – 5 working days to add money to your PayPal account. If you are trying to add money to PayPal urgently, preparing ahead of time is your best bet. Alternatively, there a plenty of companies who will allow you to send money online quickly and easily.

How to make an instant payment with PayPal?

Despite it taking several working days to transfer funds from your bank account to your PayPal account, it is possible to make an instant payment with PayPal. When making an online payment or signing up for a subscription, rather than entering your card details you can choose to pay via PayPal. 

When you do this, the seller or merchant will be credited immediately, while your bank processes PayPal’s request for the money. To complete an instant transfer with PayPal, you’ll need to have linked your bank account to your PayPal account already using the steps listed above. PayPal will usually email you once the transaction is successfully completed.

What are the PayPal fees for adding money to my account?

It should be free to transfer money from your account to PayPal, and to make purchases with your PayPal account. However, there are fees to send and receive money from PayPal in some cases.

Make sure to check overseas charges beforehand

For example, sending money outside the UK in a currency other than GBP can incur charges between around 3.5 – 4%.

Bottom line: why use PayPal for instant payments?

PayPal is a convenient way to make online payments because you can simply log in with your email address rather than having to enter your card details every time. Likewise, PayPal can be a useful way to send and receive smaller payments from friends and family.

However, if you’re looking to send money internationally, PayPal is rarely the best option in terms of both cost and speed. Compare transfer providers using our comparison tool to find the best option for you.

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Yasmin Purnell

Yasmin is the content writer for MoneyTransfers.com. With an English degree from the University of Nottingham and over 5 years’ experience freelancing in the personal finance niche, Yasmin joined the team with a mission to make international money transfers accessible and easy to understand for all. When she’s not writing, you’ll find Yasmin on her yoga mat or planning her next escape to the mountains.

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