How to Send Money from PayPal to Cash App

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People that have both PayPal and Cash App are naturally wondering if they can connect the two and send money between them. For two of the most popular money transfer apps, it should be a breeze, right? 

There’s no way to directly connect PayPal to Cash App at the moment. There’s, therefore, no way to transfer money directly between the two. You can connect the PayPal Cash Card and Cash App Card or connect apps with a linked bank account.

Keep reading to find out how to:

  • Connect PayPal to Cash App through a linked bank account
  • Connect PayPal to Cash App with their respective cards
  • Transfer money with these workarounds

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1. Connect PayPal and Cash App through a linked bank account

1. Transfer money from PayPal to your bank account

If you don’t have a bank account linked to PayPal, here’s how to do it:

  1. Go to ‘Money’
  2. Click ‘Link a bank’ (If you’re on the app, tap Menu then Banks and Cards.)
  3. Search for your bank or select it from the list.
  4. Enter your online banking details to instantly link your bank account with your PayPal account.
  5. Otherwise, click Link your bank another way at the bottom of the page. Enter your bank details and click Agree and Link. By doing so, you agree to let PayPal send 2 small deposits (both less than $1.00) to your bank account. It may take up to 3 business days for the deposits to arrive. When you know the deposit amounts, go to your Wallet page and enter them to confirm you own the bank account.

If you have previously linked a bank account:

  1. Log into your PayPal account and click “Transfer Money”
  2. Click “Transfer to your bank”
  3. Enter the desired amount
  4. Doublecheck the info and click “Transfer Now”
  5. Head to your “Wallet” on PayPal and click “Done”

2. Add money to the Cash App from your bank account

If you don’t have a bank account associated with your Cash App, here’s how to add a bank to your Cash App:

  1. Tap the Banking tab on your Cash App home screen
  2. Select “Link Bank”
  3. Follow the prompts to fill in the bank account and routing numbers
  4. Confirm 

If you have a linked bank account:

  1. Launch the Cash App 
  2. Head to your account balance
  3. Click on “Add Cash” between pop-up options and enter the amount 
  4. Click “Add” 
  5. Enter your PIN or use Touch ID to confirm the transfer

You have now successfully transferred money from your PayPal account to Cash App via a connected bank account. In a somewhat convoluted process, this is the easiest way to do it at the moment. 

2. Connect PayPal account with your Cash App card

1. Get the Cash App routing number

We can successfully connect Cash App as a bank account to PayPal. For that, we need to have the routing and account number. The only way to get them is by having a physical Cash App card that is free for all verified Cash App users. 

To order yours:

  1. Tap the Cash Card tab on your Cash App home screen
  2. Press Get Cash Card
  3. Tap Continue
  4. Follow the steps

If you already have the card, follow the following steps to get the routing and account number:

  1. Open the Cash App
  2. Go to My Cash tab ($ symbol)
  3. Tap ‘Cash’ button
  4. Scroll down to the ‘Direct Deposit’ section and tap ‘Get Account Number’
  5. Enable account on the pop up screen
  6. Tap ‘Copy Account Details’
  7. Select ‘Copy Routing Number’ to copy it directly to your clipboard

2. Add your Cash App Card to PayPal

To easily add your Cash App card to your PayPal account, follow the following steps:

  1. Go to ‘Money’
  2. Click ‘Link a new card’
  3. Click on Visa from the list
  4. Enter your card details to instantly link your Cash App card with your PayPal account
  5. Click on the new card and click ‘Confirm card’
  6. Click ‘Get Code’, then click ‘Done’

To confirm your card by entering the code, have your 4-digit PayPal code ready and follow the steps below:

  1. Go to Money
  2. Click the card you want to confirm
  3. Enter the 4-digit PayPal code and click Confirm

3. Add your Cash App Card as a bank on PayPal

Alternatively, you can add your Cash App card as a bank account on PayPal as well. 

  1. Go to ‘Money’
  2. Click ‘Link a bank account’
  3. Enter your Cash App routing and account number
  4. Click ‘Link bank’
  5. Enter your online banking details to instantly link your bank account with your PayPal account.
  6. Otherwise, click Link your bank another way at the bottom of the page. Enter your bank details and click Agree and Link. By doing so, you agree to let PayPal send 2 small deposits (both less than $1.00) to your bank account. It may take up to 3 business days for the deposits to arrive. When you know the deposit amounts, go to your Wallet page and enter them to confirm you own the bank account.

Now that you have your Cash App account (card) linked to your PayPal account, you can transfer your PayPal balance to the Cash App.

3. Send money from Cash App to PayPal Cash Card

The PayPal Cash Card allows you to:

  • Instantly access your money in PayPal
  • Use your funds in PayPal to make purchases in stores or online
  • Withdraw money from PayPal at ATMs worldwide
  • Add cash to PayPal in tens of thousands of stores nationwide where cash reloading is supported

1. Request the PayPal Cash Card

To request the PayPal Cash Card:

  1. Go to the PayPal Cash Card Page
  2. Click ‘Get the Card’
  3. Log into your PayPal Account
  4. Tap ‘More’ 
  5. Tap ‘Order a PayPal Cash Card’
  6. Upgrade your PayPal Cash Account if needed
  7. Confirm your address for delivery

2. Get the routing number

Once the card arrives and you have activated it, find the bank account and routing numbers:

  1. Go to the PayPal Website
  2. Log in to your PayPal Account
  3. Click the ‘Settings’
  4. Select ‘Set up or view direct deposit’
  5. Write down the details

3. Add your PayPal Cash Card as a bank on Cash App

To add a bank to your Cash App:

  1. Tap the Banking tab on your Cash App home screen
  2. Select Link Bank
  3. Type in the PayPal Cash Card account and routing numbers
  4. Confirm

4. Transfer your Money from Cash App to PayPal

To cash out funds from your Cash App to your bank account:

  1. Tap the Balance tab on your Cash App home screen
  2. Press ‘Cash Out’
  3. Choose an amount and press ‘Cash Out’
  4. Select the deposit speed (Instant or Standard)
  5. Confirm the transfer with your PIN or Touch ID

Frequently asked questions

What are the fees for transferring money between PayPal and Cash App?

If time is of no essence, standard transfers that take between 1 and 3 business days are free on both apps. For instant transfers, PayPal charges a 1% fee (max $10), and CashApp charges a 1.5% fee. 

How much money can I send with Cash App?

Cash App lets you send and receive up to $1,000 within any 30 days. To increase these limits, you’ll have to verify your identity by using your full name, date of birth, and the last 4 digits of your SSN.

How much money can I send with PayPal?

Unverified accounts can send up to $500 a month. If your account is verified, there’s no limit on the total amount of money you can send from your account. But may be limited to $10,000 in a single transaction.

How to activate Cash App’ Cash Card?

This depends on wether you have the QR code or not. 

To activate your Cash Card using the QR code:

  1. Tap the Cash Card tab on your Cash App home screen
  2. Tap the image of your Cash Card
  3. Tap Activate Cash Card
  4. Tap OK when your Cash App asks for permission to use your camera
  5. Scan the QR code

To activate your card without the QR Code:

  1. Tap the Cash Card tab on your Cash App home screen
  2. Tap the image of your Cash Card
  3. Tap Activate Cash Card
  4. Tap Use CVV Instead
  5. Enter the CVV code and expiration date of your new Cash Card

What’s better – Cash App or Venmo?

If you want to have the option to buy and sell stocks and Bitcoin in addition to transfering money, then Cash App is your choice. If you just want to send money to others with the added benefit of having another social network where you can see what others are paying for (and vice versa), then Venmo is for you. Read the full breakdown here

Can you send money from PayPal to Venmo?

There’s no direct way to send money from PayPal to Venmo or from Venmo to PayPal. Even though they’re both owned by PayPal, the company didn’t bother to connect the two payment services together. There are some hacks though that you can find in our article