Internet, Networking, & Security Around the Web How to Add Money to PayPal Link your bank account and easily transfer funds by Nicholas Congleton Writer Nick Congleton has been a tech writer and blogger since 2015. His work has appeared in PCMech, Make Tech Easier, Infosec Institute, and others. our editorial process Twitter LinkedIn Nicholas Congleton Updated on February 18, 2020 Around the Web Browsers Cloud Services Error Messages Family Tech Home Networking 5G Antivirus VPN Web Development Around the Web View More Tweet Share Email PayPal is a popular and reliable online transaction system, helping people buy and sell goods and services on many retail websites and other platforms. If you're just getting started with PayPal, it's easy to transfer money from your bank account to your PayPal balance. You can then use that balance to make online purchases. If you prefer, you can link your bank account or a credit or debit card to your PayPal account, and PayPal can draw directly from those sources without you having to add funds to your PayPal balance. Add Funds to Your PayPal Balance While you can navigate this on the PayPal mobile app, it's an easier process to go to PayPal's website on a PC or Mac. Go to PayPal, and select Sign In in the upper right corner of the screen. You'll be taken to your PayPal summary page, which displays your current PayPal balance, recent transactions, linked bank accounts, and more. If you don't already have a bank account linked, select Link a card or bank on the lower right side of your dashboard. You'll be asked whether you want to link a debit/credit card or a bank account. Select Link a bank account. You can link a credit or debit card here to use as a payment option, but you can't transfer funds from a card to PayPal. PayPal will show you the logos of popular banks. Select the one for your bank. If it's not on the list, select I have a different bank. PayPal will display a form to sign in to your bank using the same login information you use to sign in to your online banking dashboard. This is the simplest and most direct way to link a bank account. If your bank wasn't on the list or you don't have online banking set up, select Enter account number manually instead to set up your bank manually. This process will take a few days to complete. Once your bank is linked, return to your PayPal summary page and select Transfer Money. Select Add money to your balance. Select the bank account you want to transfer from. Enter an amount to transfer and select Add. A transfer to your PayPal balance from your bank account is initiated. It will take about two days to complete.