How to Transfer Paypal Balance to GCash in Philippines
Getting your earnings via Paypal can be both fun and frustrating at the same time. It always feels very fulfilling receiving revenue over the platform, but at some point we may very feel lost as to how we can make use of our Paypal earnings especially for us Filipinos wherein the use of Paypal can be limited. Thankfully, there is now a mobile app called "GCash" which we can use as an option to withdraw earnings from Paypal.
In this article, we will be learning as to what GCash is and how to make the transfer.
What is GCash?
To give you a brief idea, GCash is a service by Globe, one of the leading telecommunication network in the Philippines, which eventually evolved into an app. It's basically a digital wallet where you can transfer funds to peers and buy prepaid load.
The good thing about using GCash as a way to withdraw your Paypal balance is that they don't charge anything. Also, there is currently no minimum amount to make the transfer. Now, I find this very useful because normally I needed to wait for my Paypal balance to reach P7,000 just so I can avoid the P50 bank transfer fee. With GCash, I can immediately do the transfer.
Another thing I noticed is that the transfer happens in real time. Typically, when withdrawing via a bank, it takes me a total of 5-7 days to receive my Paypal balance. With the app, the earnings gets transferred immediately.
Easy Steps to Transfer Paypal to GCash Wallet
To ensure smooth understanding of the procedures, I listed below the general outline on how to withdraw Paypal balance to your GCash wallet . Now, if by any chance, you are familiar with any of the steps, feel free to just skip any of them.
- Creating a GCash account
- Authorizing GCash to transfer balance from Paypal
- Transferring Paypal funds to GCash wallet
- Using GCash wallet to pay for your needs
Creating a GCash account
Okay, so the first and the most vital step is for you to have a GCash account. Now, if you don’t have any GCash account at the moment, you can download the app into your phone and register from there. Note, however, that you can only register via your mobile phone, since it redirects you automatically to either Google Play Store or Apple App Store.
The registration steps are very easy to follow. You just need to provide the usual basic information such as your name, occupation and address.
Authorizing GCash to transfer balance from Paypal
Once you already have your account, the next step is to authorize GCash to transact with Paypal on your behalf. There is a bulit-in feature inside the app where you can do this. All you need to do is to click on “My Account” then press “Paypal”.
The app will then ask you to input your Paypal email address. Upon tapping "Proceed", you will be redirected to the Paypal website within the app where you'll input your password. Tap on the “Authorize” button to confirm. After this, you’ll receive an email from Paypal for successfully authorizing GCash.
By this time, you are almost ready to have your Paypal balance transferred to your GCash wallet.
Now, if you are having difficulties following the procedures, you may want to check out the images below to assist you in this step. Just tap on the thumbnails to see the images.
Transferring Paypal funds to GCash wallet
We're almost there!
The next step is to tap “Cash In” and then “Paypal to GCash” where you enter the amount you want to transfer. Paypal then instantly transfers it to your GCash wallet.
Again, feel free to navigate through the photos below to assist you in transferring Paypal balance to your GCash wallet.
It's important to note that beginning May 2019, only PHP balance can be transferred from Paypal to GCash. Hence, you may need to use the balance converter within Paypal before cashing in. This also explains why you won't see non-PHP balances when you use the in-app feature of GCash.
Using GCash wallet to pay for your needs
Since the crediting is done instantly, you can immediately use the funds to pay for your bills. You can do this by tapping onto the "Pay Bills" icon on the home screen and you can select from the list of merchants with whom you want toto transact with. Normally, you will find there a few Credit Card companies, utility companies (such as Meralco) and etc. There are also a handful of stores and restaurants within the country that are now accepting payment via GCash, so you can use it there as well.
Now, if it's really physical cash that you want, you can check out my other article here: How to Withdraw From Paypal to Your Bank Account
Now that you know that you can withdraw using GCash, will you be using this service for your Paypal balance moving forward?
If you have any problems, comments or suggestions regarding the topic, just feel free to drop some comments below, and I'll try to help you out the best way I can.
This article is accurate and true to the best of the author’s knowledge. Content is for informational or entertainment purposes only and does not substitute for personal counsel or professional advice in business, financial, legal, or technical matters.
Questions & Answers
Can I cash out a physical money after transferring my money from Paypal to Gcash?
Yes, you can. There are partner remittance centers where you can do the exchange.Helpful 74
I was able to cash-in my Gcash from Paypal. I saw the transaction history confirming this transfer. However, when I checked, my Gcash balance did not reflect the transfer. What should I do?
First, you might want to refresh the app. Gcash system often goes into maintenance, so there can be glitches.
If that still doesn't work, you can check whether your Paypal got deducted. If it did, you can take screenshots as well as the transaction history and send these to Customer Service.
These are the only solutions I can think of regarding this matter.Helpful 40
Why is GCash not letting me cash-in via my PayPal? I reached out to Paypal, and they told me that my account is in good status.
When did you try cashing in? I did one just recently, and it was successful. Is your GCash verified? Maybe that can be the reason. Though I do believe this facility is available even prior to verification.Helpful 34
Is it possible to transfer money from one person to the next in another country to my GCash account?
It's possible, but may become inconvenient. GCash requires verification via OTP from time to time, and if that person in another country won't have access of his OTP, then he won't be able to use his GCash account to send money to you. The work around is for them to send money via Paypal, and you'll cash it in via GCash app.
I just cashed-in my Paypal to my verified GCash account but it got refunded after a day, what might be the problem?
I've personally experienced the same thing, and I contacted GCash customer service just to get more idea about it. They explained to me that this is an issue on their end wherein the transfer made via Paypal fails to synchronize with the wallet. Their current standard procedure is to refund back the amount transfer, and that we initiate a new cash-in.
Thankfully when I did it the second time, the money was credited instantly, the way it was intended to be. Hence, to summarize, this is an issue between Paypal and GCash, and the current solution is just to re-do the cash-in.Helpful 2
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