Why can’t I add PayPal to Google Pay

Why can’t I add PayPal to Google Pay?

How to add PayPal to Google Pay?

Get to know all you can about these in this article.

PayPal is an online payments’ application which helps users across the globe make payments, transfers and various other payment options. You can use it to do various online payments and payments to local vendors.

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Google Pay is also a payment application where you can add your debit or credit cards. It is a peer to peer payment which helps you send and also receive money from your fellow human beings.

Why can’t I add PayPal to Google Pay?

Short Answer: If you are unable to add PayPal to Google Pay, it most definitely a server error. You should wait for a while and try again after sometime. 

Issues with servers can cause problems with adding credit, debit or other payment methods to Google Pay. Servers should run smoothly for an application to run properly. Generally, server issues cool down in about 1-2 hours. A lot of users (traffic) visiting a website or using the application simultaneously might cause the app’s server to crash. Or the company might have brought the server to a halt for a minor update.

Try adding a credit or debit card to Google Pay and see if it works. If that too doesn’t work, it is definitely a server issue.

How to add PayPal to Google Pay?

To add PayPal to Google Pay follow the steps given below,

  • Open Google Pay application on your phone.
  • To the right top corner of your application, click on your profile picture.
  • Then under that you will find the wallet option.
  • You will find your existing cards and payment methods. Also, you will find an Add to Wallet option.
  • Tap on it select payment card and then select PayPal. Then you will be displayed some instructions, follow them, and it will be added to Google Pay.

The steps to make sure that you have no issues adding PayPal to Google Pay are mentioned here.

Step 1 – Check servers

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You can check servers of PayPal and Google Pay to make sure that they work properly before adding a payment method. You can report your issue in the Downdetector. Or you can see the options in the red and also type in your problem in the Something else… box.

Step 2 – Check your internet connectivity

If you are connected to a Wi-Fi network make sure that it is connected to the internet. Whether it is an Apple or Android you will be notified if the Wi-Fi is not connected to the internet. Contact your ISP (Internet Service Provider), if you have issues with Wi-Fi.

Or if you are using cellular data and make sure that your phone has internet access. Or contact your network provided for a good network plan. Turn on Airplane mode or restart your phone to kick-start the internet.

Check your network speed here.

Step 3 – Log out of Google Pay and login again

This seemingly simple step generally solves issues with adding payment methods to your Google Pay account.

  • Open your Google Pay and click on your profile.
  • Select Settings from the list.
  • And then you will find the option to Sign out.
  • After that, you will be asked to login again. Do that and it will be done.

You can check out our previous article, for trouble logging into your PayPal account.

Step 4 – Setup Google Pay again

Log out, delete and set up Google Pay again.

  • Log out of Google Pay, clear the data, or you can just uninstall the application from your device.
  • Then visit the respective application store on your device, search for Google Pay and install it again
  • Finally, after installation, login and try adding PayPal. This might resolve the issue for some users.

Step 5 – Check details

All your details including name, mobile number, email address and other essential details in both the application should match. Otherwise, you might have problems with verification.

Note – There is a security detail for adding PayPal to Google Pay. It will take some time for them to verify your PayPal and add it to Google Pay.

Step 6 – Set Location and time

The location of your phone should be turned ON at all times for Google Pay. If you don’t know anything about Google Pay’s Terms & Conditions, then Google Pay doesn’t work without turning on location.

You should also set time in the Settings of your phone. They should be set according to your time zone. Or you can set it manually but setting it to automatic will reduce your problems with payments and adding the methods.

Step 7 – Check number of payment methods

There is no official number of payment methods you can add to Google Pay. But every app has its limits for number of payment methods. So just before adding PayPal, check the number of payment methods you add and remove the ones you do not need.

Step 8 – Grant necessary permissions

Accepting essential permissions and agreeing to the Terms & Conditions is very important. Also, make sure that the application is updated to the latest version. This will ensure that there are no glitches or issues with the application.

Step 9 – Contact customer support

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When nothing works, you can either contact Google Pay or PayPal customer support for help with this issue. Because it involves both of the payment applications, and you are unable to circle out what is causing the issue. You can ask the community or type in your own personal question for personalized help.


Q1. I have linked my PayPal to Google Pay, but I am unable to pay at a local store (Google Pay is accepted there)? How to get it to work?

The vendor should accept both Google Pay and PayPal for the payment to work. 

You have linked your PayPal to Google Pay and the transaction is sponsored by PayPal. So, PayPal should be accepted in the location too. Just check out that the store accepts both before you try payments anywhere.

Final Words

This article tells you why you might have an issue with adding your PayPal to Google Pay and how to add it too. I hope that this article has helped you solve your issue.

That is all folks!

Don’t have a good day, have a great day!

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