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Thursday, August 19, 2021

Delete Your PayPal Account (and Transaction History)


Hand holding smartphone with PayPal logo displaying

How to Download Your Account History

To download your account history, go to PayPal’s official website, log in to your account, and then click the “Reports” tab.

Click the "Reports" tab in the header.

In the left-hand pane, click “Activity Download.”

Click Activity Download.

On the Activity Download page, you can select which types of transactions you want to download (such as completed payments), the date range of transactions (of up to 7 years), and the file format of the report (such as CSV or PDF). Once you’ve decided all of this, click the “Create Report” button.

Click "Create Report."

You’ll then see a notification saying they’ll send you an email when your report is ready for download. It could take a while, depending on the number of transactions in the report. Be sure to wait until you can download the file before you delete your account, as you’ll need to log back into your account to get the report once it’s ready.

Once you receive the email saying your report is ready, you can download it from the same page you created the report.

Permanently Delete Your PayPal Account

To permanently delete your PayPal account and transaction history, open any browser on your desktop, go to PayPal’s official website, and then log in to the Paypal account you want to delete. Once in your account, click the gear icon in the top-right corner of the window.

A drop-down menu will appear. Click “Account Settings.”

Click "Account Settings" in the drop-down menu.

On the Account Settings page, click “Account Preferences” in the left-hand pane.

Click "Account Preferences" in the left-hand pane.

At the bottom of this page, you’ll see “Account Type.” This could be either “Personal” or “Business” depending on what you selected when creating the account. Either way, click the “Close Account” button to the right of the Account Type option.

Click the "Close Account" button.

Next, you’ll be asked why you want to delete your account. Tick any relevant boxes by clicking them, type any comments you want to leave in the text box, and then click “Continue.”

Enter reason for closing your PayPal account and click Continue.

They’ll ask you to confirm that you want to close your account and, depending on which boxes you checked in the previous step, will leave a specialized message trying to convince you to stay.

If you’re sure you want to permanently delete your account, click “Continue.”

Warning: Once you perform this action, your account and all accompanying data will no longer be accessible. Be absolutely sure you want to delete the account before proceeding.

Click "Continue" to permanently close your account.

Your PayPal account and all data (including your transaction history) are now permanently deleted.

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