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How To Redeem a PayPal Gift Card

How To Redeem a PayPal Gift Card With No Fuss

PayPal’s digital payments system allows users worldwide to send and receive money and make purchases everywhere PayPal is accepted, but there is a lot of confusion about PayPal gift cards.

Learning how to redeem a PayPal gift card is not so straightforward because PayPal gift cards don't exist, at least not in the way we typically think of gift cards, e.g., Amazon gift cards.

In this guide, we’ll show you how to transfer accepted prepaid gift cards to your PayPal account, so you can use them toward different purchases. You'll also learn how to use gift cards online and how to redeem gift cards bought from PayPal. Best of all, you’ll learn how Mode Mobile’s products can help you get free gift cards, cash, and other useful rewards with no trouble!

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How To Use Gift Cards on PayPal

PayPal gift cards are not typical gift cards but rather prepaid debit cards issued by various banks. They work much like regular debit and credit cards and can be used for payments and purchases wherever PayPal is accepted once you add them to your PayPal account.

There are a few minor restrictions, though. PayPal doesn’t let you use these cards to pay for reference transactions and recurring payments because their balance may become too low to cover recurring sums, e.g., subscription service renewals. To ensure uninterrupted services, PayPal asks all users to pay for such transactions with a different payment method.

Keep in mind that you can’t transfer the funds of merchant-specific gift cards to your account—you can add only debit or credit cards issued by the most common financial institutions, such as:

  • Visa
  • Discover
  • Mastercard
  • American Express

PayPal recommends you use a reloadable prepaid Mastercard as it’s the card best suited to its payments system.

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How To Add Gift Cards to PayPal

Activating a gift card that can be used on PayPal works like linking any other card issued by Visa, Discover, Mastercard, or American Express to your PayPal account as a payment method.

These are the steps you need to take:

  1. Log in to your PayPal account
  2. Click on the Wallet section
  3. Click on Link a debit or credit card
  4. Select Link a card manually
  5. Enter the card information
  6. Click on Link card

If you receive an error message while trying to add a prepaid card to your account, this is most likely because your card isn’t registered or activated by the issuing bank. You’ll find the card issuer’s contact information on the back of the card. Once you contact them, they’ll walk you through the activation process.

Other reasons for receiving an error message may be because the card wasn’t issued in the U.S. or because you’re making a purchase from an international merchant.

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How To Buy Gift Cards on PayPal

You can use a prepaid card linked to your PayPal account to pay for various services and products—travel accommodation, groceries, airfare, or gift cards for yourself or others.

PayPal has its own gift card shop—PayPal Gifts—where you can purchase gift cards, codes, and vouchers for the most popular brands, including:

  • Lowe’s
  • Lyft
  • Amazon
  • Best Buy
  • Target
  • Sam’s Club
  • Google Play
  • Spotify
  • Uber Eats
  • Home Depot

Follow these steps to buy a gift card from the Digital Gifts store:

  1. Open the PayPal Gifts catalog
  2. Select the gift card you want to buy
  3. Enter the recipient’s email address, name, and a message for them if you're buying the card as a gift
  4. Log in to your PayPal account to complete the purchase

Gift cards can also be bought from PayPal's Facebook Marketplace store. There are certain restrictions you should be aware of if you decide to purchase gift cards via Facebook:

  • You will need a Facebook U.S. account
  • A PayPal account is not necessary
  • You can buy gift cards for yourself but not others
  • Only one gift card per purchase is allowed

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How To Redeem a Gift Card Bought on PayPal Gifts

The gift cards sold on PayPal Gifts can be used either online or at a store. Before buying a specific gift card, make sure that you carefully read the retailer’s terms and conditions to verify where it can be redeemed.

If your gift card can be used online:

  1. Find the gift card or voucher code box on the checkout page in the seller’s app or on the website
  2. Enter the code
  3. Hit the Redeem button (or its equivalent) to apply the gift card amount to your purchase

Remember that gift cards can’t be stored in your PayPal Wallet and can’t be redeemed automatically.

To redeem a gift card in a store, tell the cashier you’ll be paying with a gift card at the checkout. Try to find an attended counter since not all self-checkout lanes accept gift cards. Your cashier will redeem the card by keying or scanning it. A good idea is to print your voucher or code as not all barcode scanners can read codes from a cell phone screen.

How To Get Gift Cards for Free

You’ll need to be extra careful if you’re trying to score a free PayPal gift card because the internet is full of PayPal gift card scams. Fraudsters can target you via text, email, or phone calls. You can be exposed to different types of malicious software or websites that serve to steal your sensitive information (like your PayPal login details) or hook you with all kinds of too-good-to-be-true promises.

If possible, always verify the identity of the person who gets in touch with you—if they claim to be a PayPal support representative, compare their contact information to the details listed on PayPal’s official Help Center page.

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Despite all the scams and frauds that exist, you can still find risk-free online platforms that offer legitimate gift cards and other rewards for free, such as:

  • Get-Paid-To (GPT) websites
  • Social media accounts that offer giveaways
  • Free gift card apps
  • Survey websites

For all their simplicity or security, most of these platforms aren’t as convenient or profitable as they first appear, as you can see in the following table:



GPT sites

They are time-consuming and impose multiple restrictions

Social media 

Winners of giveaways are determined by luck

Survey sites

These websites usually have high payout thresholds

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