In this article, you will learn how to create a PayPal account in Kenya via the PayPal Website.
PayPal has brought ease and safety to the world of online shopping and allows you to send money online. These days PayPal is a universal method used for online payments and, fortunately, it is no longer necessary to have a credit card to operate a PayPal account.
It is the easiest and safest way to make transactions because it allows payments without exposing your PayPal business debit MasterCard details to the seller.
In a country where there is an increase in the number of people working online, having a PayPal account is a necessity when it comes to receiving payment online.
I made this tutorial to hep you get you started in creating a PayPal account in Kenya the right away. You will also be able to check your PayPal Balance and receive money from anyone.
How to open a PayPal Account in Kenya
To Open a PayPal Account in Kenya, follow these steps:
- Visit PayPal.com on computer
- Choose the Type of Account (Personal or Business)
- Enter your personal information
- Activate the account via Email
- Link your debit card or credit card
- Use PayPal to send and receive money within Kenya or anywhere around the world.
It is easy to open a PayPal account, now let’s explore the above steps in detail.
What can you do with PayPal in Kenya?
With a PayPal account in Kenya, you can do many things online easier than before like:
- Shop Online
- Sell Online
- Get paid online through Freelancing websites or from someone else or a business.
- Receive money online
How to Make a PayPal Account in Kenya
PayPal’s mode of operation is very simple: the money is transferred to your PayPal account, previously created through your credit card or normal bank account.
You use the PayPal account (Usually your email account) instead of the credit card to make online purchases, payments that you want or receive money online.
A major advantage of PayPal is that when you send or receive a payment through PayPal, no sensitive financial information such as the number of your credit card or your bank account will be revealed to the other party.
For all this, there is cause for concern when the situation involves making payments to people whom you do not know.
The following is the process of how to create a PayPal account and begin sending and receiving money online in Kenya, the process is the same to everyone around the world so if you are not from Kenya, don’t stop here.
Step 1: Signing up for PayPal Account
First, you must go to PayPal site ( www.paypal.com ). When you get to the platform, it will automatically redirect to https://www.paypal.com/ke/webapps/mpp/home because they have a Geolocation feature that will automatically detect your location.
This is because they have different policies and terms and conditions for different regions and countries, but that should not matter in any way. Registration is free, you have nothing to lose!
Registration is free, however, you will need to have an Email account that you can access and a very nice strong password. Just click sign up and you will see the following screen.
As you can see the country is pre-selected for you and the language defaults to English, you may wish to change these according to your language. Then you have a choice between an Individual account and a business account.
I will always recommend that you opt for the individual account at this time. There is always room for upgrading to a business account later on. Here is a brief overview of the two types of accounts.
Here is a brief overview of the two types of accounts:
A personal account is intended for all who buy online, receive money or withdraw money from your card an occasional basis. It is the most suitable for basic use.
A business account is useful to businesses, company or groups. You will use your business or company name and there are more advanced features such as the creation of invoices and more customer details that I will not go into at this level.
Now that you have chosen the type of account you want to use, just fill out the form with your details. Do not use false data, this can have serious implications, such as failure to verify your account and the overall closure of your account.
Then, just read the user agreement (recommended), click agree and create the account. If you follow this process correctly then you will have successfully completed the first part of the creation of PayPal account.
Personal Account Signup
Step 2: PayPal Kenya Account Activation
The next screen will be to link your credit card as shown in the screenshot below. If you have your credit card (VISA, MasterCard, Nakumatt Card or Naivas Card), you can link from here.
Otherwise, if you don’t have the card now, you can close that window safely and follow the next steps.
After you have completed the initial process, you must activate the account you created. To do this, simply go to the email inbox.
PayPal will send an activation email to the email address you provided during registration with a link. Check for an email with the subject: “Welcome to PayPal”
By clicking the Activate button in the PayPal e-mail you received. You will be directed to your account, where you must enter the password created upon registration.
After entering and confirming the password successfully, you must choose two security questions, write their answer and indicate the nationality, you should already be correct.
Finally, after all, these steps you will see a page with a yellow rectangle that says, “You have changed your questions and successful security responses”, just activate your PayPal account successfully.
Step 3: Linking your Card With PayPal
By linking your credit or debit card, you are charged a small fee. The amount is refunded to your account after your card has been checked.
You can use any card from your bank but first it is recommended to inquire from the bank to know the process.
Equity bank PayPal Registration
Are you looking for an updated Equity Paypal Withdrawal Guide? Today, I’m going to show you how to activate and link your PayPal account with Equity Bank for first-time use. I will also show you how to withdraw money from PayPal to Equity Bank which is the recommended process since its fast and secure.
The Equity Bank Withdraw Service with PayPal allows any PayPal account holder in Kenya to withdraw funds from your PayPal account to your Equity Bank account. This Withdrawal service is only exclusive to Equity Bank customers.
The Withdraw service is available to both Individual and Business customers with an active transaction Equity Bank account. A transaction account is most Equity Bank active accounts in Ksh, GBP, USD, or EUR excluding credit cards.
Note: PayPal transactions are mostly carried out in U.S. Dollars, even if your account contains funds in a different currency, PayPal will auto-convert those funds into U.S. Dollars during the withdrawal process. So next time you are making a withdrawal of funds from your PayPal account, kindly remember to specify the U.S. Dollar amount you want to withdraw.
Equity Bank has a $10,000 USD transaction limit and the Kenyan Shilling is not a PayPal supported currency.
Linking PayPal Account to Equity Bank Account
To link your PayPal account to Equity,
- Visit the Equity Bank Website and select PayPal
- If you do not have a PayPal account, click on “sign up for PayPal account” menu button and proceed to fill out the form provided otherwise select the “Withdraw from PayPal”
- On the new tab, log in to the self-service portal using your username and password. If you are new, click register and complete the registration process which is a one-time process.
- Once logged in to your account click on the “Banking services” Menu
- Enter your preferred bank account and click “Link Account”
- A One Time Pin (OTP) will be generated which will be sent to the phone number maintained by Equity Bank for the nominated account
- Enter the OTP and click “Confirm OTP”
- From the menu list, click “PayPal Services”
- Enter your PayPal email address, select the bank account added in step above and click “Link Account”
- Enter your PayPal Account Password and click “Authorize” on the PayPal pop up window.
Withdrawing from PayPal to Equity Bank Account
Equity Bank will then have to check and verify your personal details during the withdrawal process, before redirecting you to your PayPal account to confirm the withdrawal process.
- Visit the Equity Bank Self Service web portal
- If you’re a new user, click on the ” New User/Register’ button and proceed to fill out the form displayed
- Log in to your account and click “Withdraw Service” on the PayPal Services Menu
- Select the PayPal account linked as shown above
- Enter the amount you want to withdraw which should be less than or equal to your PayPal Account Balance.
- Click on the “Accept” button
- A pop up will display the message “”Your PayPal withdrawal of amount XX was successful”.
A withdrawal from PayPal to Equity Bank account takes 3 business days to reflect in your Equity Bank account while payment from another PayPal user to your PayPal account is instant.
You can check your PayPal account balance by clicking on “My PayPal Balance” on the PayPal Services Menu and then select your linked PayPal account followed by clicking on the “Submit request” button to display your PayPal account balance.
- The PayPal account set up is free of charge.
- PayPal charges between 2.4% and 3.9% + $0.30 per transaction i.e when receiving funds into your PayPal account.
- PayPal currency conversion fees may apply at 2.5% above the prevailing exchange rate.
Advantages of the PayPal to Equity Withdraw Service
- Equity Bank has a fixed commission rate of 1.5% for whatever amount of money you are withdrawing.
- It takes 3 business days for your withdrawal from PayPal account to reflect in your Equity Bank account.
- Equity Bank’s PayPal-Dollar to Ksh conversion rate is way much better than other platforms offering PayPal withdrawals.
PayPal to M-Pesa integration in Kenya
Since Safaricom brokered the deal with PayPal to facilitate sending and withdrawing money across the platforms, the news was received with mixed reactions by people who rely on PayPal to receive salaries or those that use PayPal to purchase good s online. As such, the big elephant in the room has been how to withdraw and deposit money from PayPal to M-Pesa in Kenya.
Lately, people have adapted the trend since the withdrawal process is very easy and fast. It takes a maximum of 2 hours for the money to be processed on a normal day. This cannot be compared to the 3 days that one had to wait previously with the PayPal-Equity withdrawal.
I wrote a review of the PayPal-M-Pesa deal here. At that time the platform was still new and I wasn’t quite familiar with some of the processes. However, we are going to go through each withdrawal and deposit detail in this review.
One thing I would like to clarify that I did not know earlier is that if the name you used to register does not match to the one you used register your M-Pesa line, you can always change your PayPal name until it matches your M-Pesa name. I hope that is clearer now.
Onto the main topic of the day, withdrawal and depositing money from PayPal is not as straightforward as many people would expect or wish it to be. But not to worry, we are here for the exact same reason, to make it seem easy for you.
Withdrawing from PayPal to Mpesa
- This is where it all starts; open the PayPal-M-Pesa portal here
- Tap on the GET STARTED button that will redirect you to log in
- Log In with your PayPal credentials
- Give the service access to your PayPal account by clicking on AGREE on the popup menu
- Add your M-Pesa phone number, you will receive a verification code that you will use to LINK YOUR ACCOUNT
- Enter the amount you would like to withdraw from your PayPal account in USD.
- You will be redirected to a page showing the amount to be received in KES, the exchange rate used for the currency conversion, and the estimated transaction processing time.
- Confirm and complete the withdrawal of money.
- You will have to access this portal every time you want to withdraw money from your PayPal account, there’s no other way.
Depositing to PayPal from Mpesa
- The service allows one to deposit into their PayPal wallet and the process is as follows:
- Open M-Pesa on your phone
- Go to PayBill and enter PayBill number 800088
- Enter the phone number you linked your PayBill account to as the account number
- Enter Amount and complete the transaction
Important to note
- The service is not free
- You will be charged certain fees such as 3% conversion rate when withdrawing
- You will be charged 4% conversion rate when depositing
- M-Pesa PayBill charges that can go up to Kes.220 still apply
- Transaction limits – Ksh. 70,000 per transaction and Ksh. 140,000 per day.
- Withdrawal amount – M-Pesa accounts can only hold Ksh. 100,000 at any one time so be cognizant of that when downloading.
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