How to Transfer Paypal Balance to GCash in Philippines

Updated on July 10, 2019
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Withdrawing Paypal Balance using GCash in the Philippines
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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.


Why should you transfer/withdraw your Paypal balance via GCash?
Why should you transfer/withdraw your Paypal balance via GCash?

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.

  1. Creating a GCash account
  2. Authorizing GCash to transfer balance from Paypal
  3. Transferring Paypal funds to GCash wallet
  4. 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.

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On the home page, just click on the button at the upper leftmost corner to access "My Account"Upon clicking on "My Account", press on "Paypal"You will be asked to input your Paypal email address and then hit on proceed at the upper right cornerInput your Paypal password and hit on Authorize button to proceed giving access to GCash
On the home page, just click on the button at the upper leftmost corner to access "My Account"
On the home page, just click on the button at the upper leftmost corner to access "My Account"
Upon clicking on "My Account", press on "Paypal"
Upon clicking on "My Account", press on "Paypal"
You will be asked to input your Paypal email address and then hit on proceed at the upper right corner
You will be asked to input your Paypal email address and then hit on proceed at the upper right corner
Input your Paypal password and hit on Authorize button to proceed giving access to GCash
Input your Paypal password and hit on Authorize button to proceed giving access to GCash

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.


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To initiate this step, tap on the "Cash In" icon encircled in this photoThen tap on "Paypal to GCash"You will be asked from which balance you intend to withdraw. Since I have USD, I tapped on USD.Enter the balance you want to transfer to your GCash. If this is not in PHP, it will automatically be converted to pesoPaypal prompts that you successfully transferred your balance to GcashYou will then receive an SMS informing you of the received amount in pesoIf you check your Paypal, the transaction will be recorded as well.
To initiate this step, tap on the "Cash In" icon encircled in this photo
To initiate this step, tap on the "Cash In" icon encircled in this photo
Then tap on "Paypal to GCash"
Then tap on "Paypal to GCash"
You will be asked from which balance you intend to withdraw. Since I have USD, I tapped on USD.
You will be asked from which balance you intend to withdraw. Since I have USD, I tapped on USD.
Enter the balance you want to transfer to your GCash. If this is not in PHP, it will automatically be converted to peso
Enter the balance you want to transfer to your GCash. If this is not in PHP, it will automatically be converted to peso
Paypal prompts that you successfully transferred your balance to Gcash
Paypal prompts that you successfully transferred your balance to Gcash
You will then receive an SMS informing you of the received amount in peso
You will then receive an SMS informing you of the received amount in peso
If you check your Paypal, the transaction will be recorded as well.
If you check your Paypal, the transaction will be recorded as well.

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?

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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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • Can I directly use GCash to get money from China without using Paypal anymore?

    This is possible, but only if the sender uses Western Union to give money to you. Other than this, you'll be needing Paypal as a way to do the transfer.

  • I can't link my Paypal to GCash. What do I need to do?

    You may try to apply any of these solutions:

    -Remove any existing permissions/autherization of Gxchange in your Paypal. Then, try to redo the whole process.

    -Ensure that the name matches for your GCash and Paypal.

    Hope this fixes the problem.

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    • yougotme profile imageAUTHOR

      Renz Kristofer Cheng 

      2 weeks ago from Manila

      @Melissa what's the currency of your available funds? GCash only accept PHP-denominated transfers.

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      Melissa Cabasis 

      2 weeks ago

      Hi,i have funds in my paypal,but why i cant transfer funds using my gcash

    • yougotme profile imageAUTHOR

      Renz Kristofer Cheng 

      3 months ago from Manila

      Only PHP Paypal Balance can be transferred to GCash. This may explain why you cannot transfer.

      I hope this helps.

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      Elvie Mella 

      3 months ago

      Why i canniot transfer all my paypal balance to my gcash please help me thank you and more power

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      Vanessa 

      3 months ago

      I’ve been trying to connect my gcash to paypal, everytime I click ‘authorize’ and the screen says “We are unable to link your account. Please make sure your credentials are the same in both your Paypal account and GCash wallet.” Ill receive email about the preapproved plan but just seconds after Ill get another saying it has been cancelled. I don’t know what specific credentials they could mean. My name is exactly the same, as well as the number and email address. I called gcash but no help. Restarted my phone, uninstall, installed. Didn’t work. Do u have any suggestions?

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      Don2 

      3 months ago

      Useful. Thanks!

    • yougotme profile imageAUTHOR

      Renz Kristofer Cheng 

      4 months ago from Manila

      Hello @john! Feel free to reach me via commenting back or sending an email. Hopefully, I can help.

    • yougotme profile imageAUTHOR

      Renz Kristofer Cheng 

      5 months ago from Manila

      @Reign for personal transactions, there's no charge for transferring money from one Paypal account to another. You just need to give your email to the person doing the transfer, and select "Personal transaction"

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      Reign 

      5 months ago

      How to receive money from other paypal account and how much is the fee or charge?

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      Dee 

      5 months ago

      I've link my Gcash to my Paypal. I tried to cash in thru Paypal but the money I have in my Paypal won't reflect in my Gcash. What to do?

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      karen 

      5 months ago

      Hello everyone, i jsut want to know how to transfer fund from gcash to paypal account?

      Thank you !

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      samurai showdown 

      5 months ago

      My paypal balance won't reflect in my gcash.... I have funds in my paypal (in PHP) but when I cash in, it says I don't have enough funds in paypal...

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      mary 

      5 months ago

      everytime I click cash in gcash say "we are unable to process you request, relinked " What will I do? Is it because my paypal balance is zero?

    • yougotme profile imageAUTHOR

      Renz Kristofer Cheng 

      5 months ago from Manila

      @Nadz if your Paypal Balance is not denominated in PHP, it will no longer appear in GCash. This is in relation to their advisory issued on the 3rd week of May 2019.

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      Nadz 

      6 months ago

      Why my Paypal Balance is not reflecting on my GCash account.. I'm now transfrerring / CASH in via PAYPAL to my Gcash account.

    • yougotme profile imageAUTHOR

      Renz Kristofer Cheng 

      6 months ago from Manila

      @Albert You may want to check your Paypal account, and remove anything connected with GCash first, just so we can start anew. Then, re-start the process via the GCash app. Also, make sure that you are linking a Paypal account that matches with your name registered in GCash. I hope this helps.

      @Jam You can cash out your GCash balance in plenty ways. First, you can go to remittance centers like Cebuana or MLhuillier, and cash out from there. You may also cash out via bank transfer using built-in function within the app.

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      Jam 

      6 months ago

      After transferring my Paypal balance to my GCASH, Where can I cash out my GCash balance?

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      Albert Potestas IV 

      6 months ago

      Hi, I am having a hard time linking my PayPal to my Gcash. It would always say "unable to authorize..." Maybe you can help me. Thank you.

    • yougotme profile imageAUTHOR

      Renz Kristofer Cheng 

      6 months ago from Manila

      You are very much welcome Dana!

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      Dana Diaz 

      6 months ago

      Thank you! This is very helpful :)

    • yougotme profile imageAUTHOR

      Renz Kristofer Cheng 

      6 months ago from Manila

      @Jay When was this? I was able to cash-in just 1 week ago. I'll try to look for information and see whether there are some issues regarding Paypal and GCash partnership.

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      Jay 

      6 months ago

      I think today paypal do not want to withdraw money through gcash anynore. Because there are some disputes that their money is gone when they tried to cash in via paypal. So the message always shows:

      "Sorry, we are unable to proceed with your cash-in request.Please ensure that your PayPal account has been activated or that there are no security restrictions on your account.You may contact PayPal Support for more info."

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      jp 

      7 months ago

      how about gcash to paypal?

    • yougotme profile imageAUTHOR

      Renz Kristofer Cheng 

      9 months ago from Manila

      @Jean the transfer should be almost instant the moment you press confirm.

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      jean 

      9 months ago

      How long does it takes to receive the money I transfer from my paypal account to gcash po?

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      Mary joy 

      9 months ago

      Hello can i ask i have money form paypal how to transfer the money but the money still un available pending

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      Faith 

      9 months ago

      I’ve been trying to connect my gcash to paypal, everytime I click ‘authorize’ and the screen says “We are unable to link your account. Please make sure your credentials are the same in both your Paypal account and GCash wallet.” Ill receive email about the preapproved plan but just seconds after Ill get another saying it has been cancelled. I don’t know what specific credentials they could mean. My name is exactly the same, as well as the number and email address. I called gcash but no help. Restarted my phone, uninstall, installed. Didn’t work. Do u have any suggestions?

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      Leo 

      9 months ago

      Thank you so much...very helpful..

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      Erika Suller 

      9 months ago

      Pwede po ba kahit semi-verified lang iyong account sa Gcash para makareceive galing sa Paypal? Thanks :)

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      Apple 

      10 months ago

      I was trying to link my account but whenever I do I would get this "It seems you are logged in to another device etc" I dont have any phone with gcash linked..why I cant

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      Louie Dela Cruz 

      11 months ago

      help! I can't even link my gcash mastercard to my number.

      It just gives me an error message of

      "oops. There must be something wrong with the gcash mastercard linking. Please try again later"

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      Louie Dela Cruz 

      11 months ago

      Every time I try to cash in my paypal funds to gcash it just gives me this error message.

      " Sorry, we are unable to proceed with your cash-in request.Please ensure that your PayPal account has been activated or that there are no security restrictions on your account.You may contact PayPal Support for more info."

      what should I do?

    • yougotme profile imageAUTHOR

      Renz Kristofer Cheng 

      11 months ago from Manila

      @Hasmin there were updates and changes with the Paypal feature, so it really requires to remove the old, and relink it back. Now if this happen still afterwards, then you may want to ensure you have the latest GCash app version. If this stil doesn’t work, the only thing I can think of is GCash customer care.

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      hasmin 

      11 months ago

      everytime i cash in using my paypal why it keep saying to relinked my paypal account?

    • yougotme profile imageAUTHOR

      Renz Kristofer Cheng 

      13 months ago from Manila

      @Shine You may try redoing the process, though I haven't tried using the Paypal transfer in a month.

      Is this your first time to cash in via Paypal?

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      Shine 

      13 months ago from Noveleta

      My gcash keeps saying that they are unable to get my PayPal balance. Are they still under maintenance? I need to withdraw my cash and gcash is the only way i can withdraw my paypal funds for I don't want to give my bank infos in the internet

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      Louise 

      13 months ago

      What is the minimum amount allowed for me to transfer funds from my paypal to my gcash wallet?

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      loelle 

      13 months ago

      can i cash in from paypal to gcash if i haven't a bank account ? does gcash card can do?

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      Kyle 

      13 months ago

      I cant Connect my gcash to my paypal. It would lead me to preapprove payments but when i looked at the box of preapprive payment wherein i have to confirm.theres none.

    • yougotme profile imageAUTHOR

      Renz Kristofer Cheng 

      14 months ago from Manila

      @YKN That's true. Paypal implicitly gets its revenues by lowering conversion rates. Although the same rate applies when you opt to have the USD balance deposited to a PHP deposit account.

      Still, it's good to let people know of this. Thank you for bringing it up.

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      Renz Kristofer Cheng 

      14 months ago from Manila

      @Rowenna I believe I was wrong. They might need the accounts to have names that match.

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      Renz Kristofer Cheng 

      14 months ago from Manila

      @Rowena I believe this is possible, since you'll be getting his "permission" by authorizing GCash to get balance from your dad's Paypal.

      If this technique doesn't work (which I don't think will be the case), you may need to open a GCash account for your dad.

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