PayPal service is one of the approved payment methods on the Upwork platform. To use PayPal, you must make sure that your verified name on Upwork matches the name on your PayPal account. If you haven't verified your name yet, be sure that your profile name matches the name on your PayPal account.

Use PayPal

  1. Go to Settings   Get Paid
  2. Click Add Method
  3. Click the Set Up button for your chosen method
  4. Confirm your Upwork and PayPal accounts use the same email address (if needed, update in your Upwork Contact Info)

    For agencies or users with multiple email accounts: when you connect your PayPal account to Upwork, PayPal will automatically use the email you have already set as your primary email on PayPal. This is the email address Upwork will use when referencing your PayPal account.
  5. You will be redirected to sign in to your PayPal account for verification
  6. Choose a payment schedule and click Next

 

NOTE

For security reasons, any PayPal account added to your Upwork account will become active after three days.

 

Edit your account

Your PayPal account details on Upwork cannot be edited. If your PayPal account has changed, you must add a new payment method and ensure your details on Upwork match your PayPal account information. Don't forget to remove the old payment method at that time, too.

Account fees

PayPal is a third-party payment vendor, and their features and fees vary depending on your location. Learn more about fees and timing with our summary here.

 

How do I connect my PayPal account to my Upwork account?

You can link your PayPal account with your Upwork account by clicking a self-serve link that will appear at the top of the “Get Paid” page as an alert. Note: If you’ve logged into Upwork or been paid within the past six months you will also receive the link via email.

I tried to add or re-add PayPal to my Upwork account and got redirected to PayPal. Is this legitimate?

Yes, when you re-add PayPal to your Upwork account you will be directed to PayPal.com. There, you’ll be prompted to log into your PayPal account and confirm that you want to “Connect your PayPal account to Upwork.”

To add PayPal to my Upwork account I see I have to agree to terms as part of choosing “Connect your PayPal account to Upwork.” What am I agreeing to?

When you agree to connect your PayPal account to Upwork you allow PayPal to share your full name, email, address, account verification status, PayPal ID with us. This information helps us confirm that you own the PayPal account.

I reconnected my PayPal account but it's saying I have to wait 3 days to use it. Why?

We have a standard hold period any time a payment method is added to an account. This hold stays in place for three calendar days to ensure your account security.

Do I have to link my PayPal account to Upwork?

If you don’t want to link your PayPal account to Upwork you do not have to do so. You can use any payment method available to freelancers in your country. To see your options, click here.

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