Are you automatically paying PayPal invoices for subscriptions and other stuff you don’t want? This short MethodShop tutorial will walk you through the steps required to cancel recurring payments in PayPal.

Do You Have Recurring Payments In PayPal?

If you are an active PayPal user, then you probably have a few subscription payments. Even if you don’t think so, you should take a few minutes to see if you have any recurring payments with PayPal setup. For example, when we went to disable one automatic payment, we discovered over 10 companies with permission to access our PayPal account. Pretty scary! And the worst part? PayPal practically hides the screens you need to access to cancel these reoccurring payments. Why? Probably because the more you use your PayPal account, the more money they make on transaction fees.

How To Stop Recurring Payments PayPal

Here’s a quick tutorial on how to cancel recurring payments in PayPal.

1Login To PayPal

PayPal home screen (2012)

Go to and log in to your account.

2More Options

3PayPal My Money

4My Preapproved Payments

5Review List

You should now see all the companies who have been granted approval to bill your PayPal account. Chances are you’ll see some PayPal merchants in this list that you don’t remember. Click on any merchant that you want to delete.

6PayPal - My Preapproved PaymentsCancel Recurring PayPal Payment

7Cancel Confirmation

Hurray! “This subscription has been canceled.”

After successfully canceling a recurring or subscription payment, you should get a confirmation screen like the one below. Our message said, “This subscription has been canceled.” Notice how canceled is misspelled in the screenshot. Someone forgot to use spellcheck.

Is A PayPal Merchant Automatically Billing Your Credit Card?

If you don’t have a PayPal account but a PayPal merchant is automatically billing your credit card, then you should try to contact the merchant directly to cancel the agreement. However, we all know how easy it is for someone to hide behind a computer and ignore your attempts to contact them. If you can’t contact the merchant, then you can contact PayPal Customer Service by phone. Here’s how:

  • Go to the PayPal website.
  • Click Contact Us at the bottom of any page.
  • Click Call Us, then click Continue for the PayPal Customer Service phone number.

Good luck! And please leave a comment or share this article if you found it useful. Thanks!

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