How to close your PayPal account

Predictably, PayPal make it hard to close your account with them. Friends have been asking me how to do that, in response to the Wikileaks affair, so here’s how:

1. Login to your PayPal account: https://www.paypal.com

2. Click on “My Account”

3. Click on “Profile”:

4. Click on “My Account Settings”


5. Click on “Close Account”

6. Click “Continue”:

7. If you feel like giving PayPal feedback as to why you’re closing your account, you can do so in this page. Scroll down to the bottom of the page to find the “Continue” button.

8. Click “Continue”:

9. Click “Close Account”

10. Finally, PayPal is kind enough to do what you asked it to do  7 clicks ago. Congratulations!

Note: If the above steps stop working (because PayPal reorganise their website or changes some buttons) you should be able to find instructions by clicking “Help” in the PayPal website and then searching for “close account”.

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