What Is a PayPal Email Address?

By Andrew Tennyson

Learn how to use your Settings panel to locate and manage email addresses associated with your PayPal account.

A PayPal email address is one that you've linked to your PayPal account. When you sign up for PayPal, the company asks you to enter your email address, and this address is then used for administrative purposes, to log in to your account, and to send you notifications about account activity. It's also set as the primary address to which people can send money. Manage your PayPal email addresses using your account's Settings panel.

Managing Your PayPal Email Addresses

Visit the PayPal home page, click the Log In button in the top-right corner of your screen and log in to your account using your PayPal email and password. If you don't know your email or password, click the Forgot Your Email or Password link and follow the prompts to recover them.

Add Email Addresses to Your Account

PayPal lets you associate multiple email addresses with your account, which broadens the number of ways in which people can send you money through the platform. Add emails to your account using your Settings panel.

Step 1

Log in to your account and click the Gear icon in the top-right corner of your screen to open your Settings panel.

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Email accounts currently associated with your account are displayed on the right of the screen under the Email Address heading. Your primary email address says Primary underneath it.

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Step 2

Click the + sign to add another email address to your account.

Step 3

Enter the email address you want to add in the provided field and click the Add Email button.

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Step 4

Log in to your email account, open the email from PayPal titled "Confirm Your Email Address" and click the included confirmation link to finish adding your account.

Change Your Primary Email Address

Change your primary email address to change the location to which PayPal sends notifications and other account information. When you make this change, this becomes the email address you use to log in to your account. People can send money either to this new address or other email addresses associated with your account.

Step 1

Open your Settings panel and click the Edit link located next to the address you want to set as your primary email.

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Step 2

Place a check mark in the Make This My Primary Email Address for Receiving Notifications check box and click the Change Email Addressbutton.

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