PayPal and M-PESA have signed a significant partnership, offering a convenient, secure money transfer service between PayPal and M-PESA accounts. This collaboration between global online payment facilitator PayPal and Kenyan mobile money giant Safaricom marks a crucial development in digital transactions.
The PayPal to Mpesa service is particularly vital for freelancers and online workers in Kenya. It enables them to receive money globally through PayPal and transfer it directly to their M-PESA accounts. This system benefits freelancers, Kenyan clients, and online shoppers, who can hire global experts and shop internationally, paying via PayPal. The ease of moving funds from M-PESA to PayPal further facilitates these transactions, making it a versatile tool for various online financial activities.
The M-PESA PayPal Service is a collaborative initiative involving Thunes, Safaricom, and PayPal. Thunes, a cross-border payment systems company, supports these transactions. This partnership has revolutionized how money moves in and out of Kenya, especially for those involved in digital businesses and online work, making the process faster, safer, and more efficient than traditional methods.
Setting Up and Linking Accounts
1. Steps to Create and Verify PayPal and M-PESA Accounts
Having a PayPal and an M-PESA account is a number requirement if you want to use both services. Creating a PayPal account is straightforward and can be done in seconds. Similarly, registering for an M-PESA account, a widely used mobile money service in Kenya, is simple. Make sure your Safaricom is registered to be able to carry out successful transactions with Paypals. On the other hand, you can register for Paypal by Visiting the link.
2. How to Link PayPal to Mpesa Accounts
Linking your PayPal account to your M-PESA is necessary to enable transfers between the two. This can be done through the official PayPal to M-PESA website managed by Thunes. After logging into your PayPal account, you must agree to the terms and conditions, then enter your M-PESA registered mobile number. A four-digit verification code sent to your phone completes the linking process. Once linked, you can seamlessly transfer money between these two accounts.
3. Common Issues During Linking and Their Solutions
Need help to link PayPal with M-pesa? You are not alone, as occasionally, users might encounter challenges while linking their accounts. One common issue is a mismatch in the names registered on both platforms, which can hinder the linking process. It’s crucial to ensure that the names on your PayPal and M-PESA accounts match precisely as they appear on your official identification documents. Additionally, customer support from either PayPal or M-PESA can assist if you face any issues during the linking process. Verifying your accounts and keeping your details consistent can mitigate most of these challenges.
Transferring Money from PayPal to M-Pesa
1. Step-by-Step Guide for Withdrawing Money from PayPal to M-PESA
Withdrawing money from PayPal to M-PESA is straightforward once your accounts are linked. Log into your PayPal to M-PESA account and select the ‘Withdraw from PayPal’ option. Enter the amount you wish to withdraw in USD, then confirm the transaction. The process is generally fast, allowing for quick access to funds.
2. Transaction Limits and Charges
When transferring money from PayPal to M-PESA, knowing the limits and charges is essential. The maximum you can withdraw per transaction is Ksh 70,000, and the daily limit is Ksh 150,000. Regarding fees, withdrawing from PayPal costs 3% of the withdrawn amount. These limits and charges are crucial for planning your transactions.
3. Processing Times and Security Measures
Typically, the processing time for a transaction from PayPal to M-PESA ranges from a few minutes to a maximum of 3 hours. In rare cases, especially for high-value transactions or account issues, it may take up to three days. PayPal and M-PESA employ robust security protocols, ensuring your financial data and transactions are secure. This reliability and efficiency make PayPal to M-PESA a favored option for many users in Kenya.
Sending Money from M-Pesa to PayPal
Instructions for Topping Up PayPal Using M-PESA
Topping up your PayPal account using M-PESA is also a convenient feature of this service. To do this:
- Log into your PayPal to M-PESA account and select the ‘Top Up to PayPal’ option.
- Enter the desired amount in USD, and the platform will show you the equivalent amount in Kenyan Shillings to transfer via M-PESA.
- Use the Pay Bill option in the M-PESA menu, input Business Number 800088, and follow the prompts to complete the transaction.
This process is usually instant, immediately making the funds available in your PayPal account.
Fees for Topping Up
When topping up your PayPal account from M-PESA, a fee of 4% of the top-up amount is charged. This fee is incorporated into the total amount you need to transfer. Awareness of these charges is essential for effective financial planning, especially for frequent transactions.