How to Request Money via PayPal

Request Money via PayPal

How to Request Money via PayPal. When people from all over the world owe you money, it's easy to collect by using PayPal's "request money" feature. Whether you are a merchant wanting to send detailed invoices to your customers or an individual trying to collect the money your friend borrowed on pizza night, PayPal has a method for you to ask for those funds.

Request Money via PayPal

Step 1

Double-check the email address, currency and amount of money you are requesting. Requests can be sent to over 150 countries, and you can receive your money in any of 16 different currencies.

Step 2

Bill customers even if they don't have a PayPal account. They can pay with a credit card through PayPal or sign up for an account.

Step 3

Log in to your PayPal account and click the "Request Money" tab at the top of the "Account Overview" page.

Step 4

Choose the "Create a Money Request" subtab for simple requests or the "Create an Invoice" sub-tab to enter a detailed request.

Step 5

Enter the recipient's email address or choose a stored address from the provided drop-down menu. When creating an invoice, you will first have the option to enter your own personal information (address and phone number).

Step 6

Separate email addresses with commas if you are requesting money from multiple people.

Step 7

Type in the amount of money, choose the correct currency from the drop-down menu and select the reason for requesting money. You can choose from eBay items, auction goods (non-eBay), other goods, services or cash advance.

Step 8

Send an optional message with your request. It's a good idea to note the specifics of the request in the message field so that the recipient knows exactly why he is receiving it.

Request Money via PayPal Mobile

Step 1

Confirm the email address or phone number of the party from whom you are requesting money.

Step 2

Text the amount you are requesting, the word "get" or "from" and the email or phone number to PayPal.

Step 3

Request money from multiple people by entering multiple phone numbers separated by commas.


In order for recipients to pay via credit card, a merchant must have the PayPal "Account Optional" feature turned on. A recipient will receive a money request email with a link that will lead him to the PayPal login page.


Once you have sent a request, it can't be modified. You will want to make sure it's right the first time.