How to Get Paid for Surveys Through PayPal – Follow These Simple Steps

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If you wish to get paid in cash for surveys, one of the easiest ways is through PayPal.

However, there are a few important steps you need to go through to make sure you will receive your earnings without issues.

In this article, I will explain step by step how to get your PayPal set up the right way and how to get paid for surveys through PayPal.

Be, however, sure to check the newest terms and conditions on PayPal's own website, as changes can happen without notice.

Recommended: Click to See the Best PayPal Survey Sites

What is PayPal?

If you are unfamiliar with PayPal, I will first explain what it is so you know what you are signing up for.

PayPal is one of the leading companies in online payments. They make it possible to send and receive money online.

Often, you can receive money just by stating your email address. Many online shops and services also have the possibility to pay with PayPal.

It is secure and fast, and is accepted by buyers and sellers in over 200 countries.

Why use PayPal to get paid for surveys?

If you prefer getting paid in cash when you do paid surveys, PayPal is one of the easiest ways. And as it is also used in many countries, it is also the way most survey sites offer if they pay in cash.

You can see my top 10 survey sites to see which sites pay through PayPal.

In case you live in a country where PayPal is not available, then do not try to cheat and get someone else to create an account or use a VPN when creating one. PayPal has strict security, and you will just end up getting banned and lose your earnings.

Instead, then check out the best sites that pay via bank transfer here.

Or alternatively, you can check out the best Payoneer paying sites here, as Payoneer is available in many countries where PayPal is not.

On some survey sites, you can only sign up if you have a PayPal account, as they only pay this way.

A few survey sites do still not offer to pay electronically, but only through check. I find that too slow, as many of the sites I do surveys on are in another country than where I live. And I would also have to take the check to a bank once I would receive it.  

With PayPal, once you have your account and have it connected to a certain survey site, all you have to do is a few clicks, and then the money will automatically be transferred to your account.

How you connect your PayPal to a survey site depends on which survey site it is. Some require you to give your PayPal account info when you sign up, and then it is already set up. If that is not the case, you can usually set it up where you select how you want to get paid or where you request a payout.

It can be good to know that the survey companies cannot take money out of your PayPal account because you will only have given them the email your PayPal is registered with. This is enough for them to transfer money to you, but they cannot take money out.

If any survey site says it will charge an amount on your account for signing up and therefore ask you for more information like card number, etc., do not sign up. All decent survey sites are free to sign up for and will not ask for card details. If it does, it is very likely a scam and not worth signing up for.

How to set up your PayPal account?

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To be able to get paid through PayPal, you first need to open an account. But don't worry – it is completely free to sign up for PayPal.

They do, however, most often charge fees when you make or receive a payment, so check this on the individual survey sites. For me, this small commission they charge is, however, worth it for the easiness of it.

To open your account only takes a few minutes. Just go to PayPal's website and click “sign up,” and fill out the information they ask for.

Again, I just want to emphasize that PayPal is a trusted company that is very secure. You can do a bit of research to verify this if you want to.

This does, however, not mean that there never are issues with PayPal. If they see any suspicious activity, they can ban your account without warning.

So even if you do not do any suspicious activity, it can be good to also sometimes use other payout options and not have too much money in your PayPal account, as there are examples of people suddenly getting their PayPal account locked without explanation and for no obvious reason. So just something to consider as diversification is always great, in my opinion.

How to verify my PayPal account?

Some survey sites demand that you have a verified PayPal account before they can pay out.

They do this for security reasons, as a lot of people try to cheat survey sites. For them, requiring you to have a verified PayPal account is a way to make sure you are the person you say you are.

To have a verified account is good to have anyway and does not take long to do, and I will therefore also explain how you do this.

To verify your account, you must first associate a payment card (Visa, MasterCard, etc.) to your account. To do this and to verify your card increases the safety and trust on PayPal, and they therefore encourage people to do this.

The benefit of doing this is further that the limit for how high an amount you can transfer will be removed, and you will also be able to transfer money from your PayPal account to your bank account.

You verify your account by following the steps below:

  1. Login to your PayPal account.
  2. Click on “E-wallet”.
  3. Click the card you have associated with the account. If you have not yet associated a card with your account, this is also where you can do that.
  4. Click on “associate and confirm my card”.
    PayPal will, after a couple of days, withdraw a small amount on your card (around $2), but do not worry – you will get this amount back once your card has been verified. The fee will be visible in your account statement together with a 4 digit PayPal code. This is the code you need to confirm your card.

Once you have the code, you login to PayPal again, and follow the steps below to confirm your card:

  1. Click “E-wallet”.
  2. Click the card you want to confirm.
  3. Click on “associate and confirm my card”.
    Your card has now been confirmed, and the amount that was withdrawn to give you the confirmation code, will be refunded to your account within a few days.

Be aware that PayPal, like any other company, sometimes changes its terms and conditions. So make sure you check their newest conditions on their website. It might have changed since I did this post. You can see the entire process here.

I hope this walkthrough has made it clear how you set up your PayPal account and start getting paid for surveys this way and why it can be beneficial to do.

If you do not know which survey sites to get started with to start earning PayPal cash for free, you can check out a list of my top recommended options through the link below.

==>Click to see the best survey sites that pay through PayPal<==.

If you have any questions, or if you find that PayPal's procedure has changed since I wrote this post, please leave a comment below.

22 thoughts on “How to Get Paid for Surveys Through PayPal – Follow These Simple Steps”

  1. Hi
    I’m reza and i am from iran.
    I want to make money from surveys but this is unable for me to do this right here in iran. But i know someone who can make a paypal account for me in UAE with a registered post code. So do you think it is possible for me to make money with survey and if your answer is yes , which survey company is suggested?
    Thank you

    • Hi Reza,

      There will be some options. I have a list of worldwide sites you can check out here. You will also be able to join all of these from Iran. But there might be limited survey opportunities so it is a good idea to also make sure to remember that many of the sites also have other small tasks you can do to earn. They can be great to use if you do not find many surveys.

      Hope this helps

  2. hi
    i m from india and i did sign up for paypal personal account. now i completed a survey from survey time and the rewards were to be given by paypal account i entered my email id for further payment process but they reverted me back saying they will verify my account first and the next day i received a mail stating to try another payment method as the payment was rejected by paypal.
    can such a thing happen?

  3. Hi, I’m from Argentina and I’m starting with surveys. Your information is very useful for me. I have a question with Paypal. What type of account should I open? personal or business? Sorry but I’ve never done this kind of work and I’m lost.

  4. Hi Mikael

    I am in Australia and hoping to start surveys. I would probably prefer the bank account rather than PayPal as currently I do not have a PayPal account. From what I have seen briefly, it looks as if PayPal offers more chances for survey sites. What is your opinion about this?
    I feel lost! Which 3-5 survey sites to begin with?

    Thank you!


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