This directory will show you how to open a PayPal account in Kenya. We live in contemporary times, and these days, a PayPal account is like a bank account. It helps you acquire money online and buy goods and services quickly online.
Kenya has made important strides in the internet world. Many individuals are already doing so much online, and you don’t require to be left behind.
We are going to make a PayPal account step by step.
So let us begin.
What is PayPal?
PayPal is a service that allows you to pay, send money, and accept payments without telling your financial details in their purest form. In this digital era, transmitting and receiving money online is essential, where PayPal comes in. You can send and acquire payments online while in Kenya. When you perform online, you can get paid via PayPal.
Types of PayPal account?
You should know that anyone can work two types of PayPal accounts. These are PayPal Personal Account & PayPal Business Account.
Here is a brief definition of the two:
- Personal Account, This type of account, permits you to shop in Kenya and worldwide, whether on a computer or mobile. It is best served for individuals, and this is the kind of account we will use.
- Business Account This account is best suitable to sell online and accept payments via PayPal. You can consistently upgrade your account to a business account.
We are going to set up a Confidential Account in this guide. Most people beginwith it.
How to successfully open a PayPal account in Kenya
Now that you understand what PayPal is all about, let us open a PayPal account in Kenya online.
Step 1 Visit the PayPal website.
The first stage to access PayPal in Kenya is to make an account on PayPal.com. For a soft experience, I advise you to do this on a computer. Most of the screenshots down are from a computer.
Visit paypal.com, and on the top request, you will see the button Sign Up.
Step 2 Choose an account type.
In this step, select the personal account kind and click on the blue button labeled continue. Most people work a personal account. If you need to set up an account that will accept money online, you can start with a personal account then boost to a business account later.
Step 3 Provide your details.
This step is the most important step where you fill out a form with your details. You will detect it has already selected the country for you (Kenya). If not, select Kenya from the drop-down.
Fill out your account attributes and ensure you have access to the email address you input. This is because PayPal choice use your email as an account name and number.
Step 4 Verify your details.
In this stage, you will see another form where you input more particulars about yourself. In the dual row, you will see Driver’s License Selected. Connect on the drop-down and select National ID or Passport if you don’t have one.
You are safe to ignore the boxes marked with an optional tag.
Don’t match the box that says, “Stay logged in for quicker checkout.” But check the last box to consent to PayPal’s terms and conditions.
Ensure you verify all the details before clicking on the Agree and Create Account Button. If everything appears fine to click the button.
Step 5 Done
You are done; you have successfully unlocked a PayPal account, and you will see a message informing you you are now done.
From here, there are two choices on what you can do next.
- Link your card with PayPal to confirm the account.
- Skip and go to your Dashboard
Let’s Cut for now and link our card later.
At this phase, the most significant thing you can do is to confirm your email address. PayPal requested you for an email address during account creation, and they have dispatched a link to confirm the email.
Log in to the email account you supplied and click on it to confirm your email address.
How to link your card
Now that you own an account, PayPal will restrict the amount of money you transact until you link and confirm a valid credit card.
PayPal tolerates all the Kenyan banks’ ATM cards, whether Visa or MasterCard. You can reach your bank to be sure if they allow that.
Since we missed this step, here is how to do it once you are on your PayPal Dashboard.
- Navigate to the overview tab if not on it
- You will see the Bank accounts & cards section on the left sidebar. Connect on Add a Bank account or card. This will take you to your wallet.
- Skip the Adding a bank button and connect on the Link a Card button. If you have a card, insert the details of your card. Your whole name is displayed on the credit/debit card. The Card Number is the Big digits(not your account digit if using ATM), CSC is the last three digits on the back of your card.
- After you bond save, PayPal will debit your card; they deduct about Ksh 250, repaying later after completing the steps.
- If it is prosperous, they will need a code to verify the card. They could send this code to your mobile phone if they linked your account to your phone. If not, visit the bank and request for the PayPal code sent to your number.
That is it; you are now the proprietor of a brand new PayPal account in Kenya.
How to link PayPal to MPesa
Now that you have an active account let us connect it to M-Pesa. Mpesa allows you to top up your PayPal account in Kenya efficiently and fast.
You can also withdraw your MPesa from PayPal within minutes, and the rates are not threatening.
For this service to achieve, you need to have an operational M-Pesa enabled Safaricom line and the PayPal account assembled as Kenyan.
- See the PayPal Mpesa website
- Click on the big ‘Get Activated’ button. Doing this will unlock a pop-up where you log in to your PayPal account.
- Please enter your active phone number, which is registered for MPESA
- they will transmit a code to your phone to join the website and complete the steps.
That is it.
Just visit this website (https://www.paypal-mobilemoney.com/m-pesa) anytime you require to top up your PayPal account using M-Pesa or Withdraw from your PayPal account M-Pesa, and they will sort you.