How to Shut Down a PayPal Account

by Lanae Carr ; Updated July 27, 2017

A PayPal account offers a range of payment options for use when shopping or sending money over the Internet. When you no longer need your PayPal account, you may close it at any time. Once your account is discontinued, all your payment details and bank account information is erased. A PayPal account may be instantly shut down from within the account by simply changing the settings in the main menu. Doing so, however, is a permanent action. The process may not be reversed.

Step 1

Login to your PayPal account.

Step 2

Click the "Profile" link in the main menu bar.

Step 3

Click "My Settings" to access your account profile menu.

Step 4

Click "Close Account" in the Account Types menu. Prompts will appear to confirm your decision to cancel your account. Follow the prompts until you reach a confirmation page regarding your transaction.

About the Author

Lanae Carr has been an entertainment and lifestyle writer since 2002. She began as a staff writer for the entertainment section of the "Emory Wheel" and she writes for various magazines and e-newsletters related to marketing and entertainment. Carr graduated from Emory University with a bachelor's degree in film studies and English.