How to Transfer a PayPal Balance to GCash in the Philippines
Getting your earnings via PayPal can be both fun and frustrating at the same time. It always feels very fulfilling to receive revenue over the platform, but sometimes it can be difficult to make use of these earnings—especially for those of us in the Philippines, where the use of PayPal can be somewhat limited. Thankfully, there is now a mobile app called GCash that we can use to withdraw our earnings from PayPal and use them to make purchases, pay bills, and send money to others.
In this article, we will go over what GCash is and how to transfer your PayPal balance into your mobile wallet so you can use your money.
What Is GCash?
To give you a brief idea, GCash is a service by Globe (one of the leading telecommunication networks in the Philippines) that eventually evolved into an app. It's basically a digital wallet through which you can transfer funds to peers, pay bills, and buy prepaid loads.
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 required to make a transfer. I find this very useful because I used to have to wait for my PayPal balance to reach P7,000 just so I could avoid the P50 bank-transfer fee. With GCash, I can do the transfer immediately for free.
Another thing I noticed is that the transfer happens in real time. Typically, when withdrawing via a bank, it takes me a total of five to seven days to receive my transfer from PayPal. With the GCash app, the earnings get transferred immediately.
4 Easy Steps to Transfer Your PayPal Balance to Your GCash Wallet
To ensure a smooth understanding of these procedures, I've provided general outline of the process below followed by a more detailed explanation of each step in the sections that follow. If you happen to already be familiar with any of the steps, feel free to skip over them and move on to the sections that are relevant to your specific situation.
- Create a GCash account.
- Link your PayPal account to your GCash wallet and authorize transfers.
- Transfer PayPal funds to your GCash wallet.
- Use your GCash wallet to pay for your needs.
1. Create a GCash Account
The first and most vital step is for you to create a GCash account. If you don’t have one already, you can download the app on your phone and register from there. Note that you can only register via your mobile phone since you will be redirected automatically to either the Google Play Store or the Apple App Store. The registration steps are very easy to follow. You just need to provide basic information like your name, occupation, and address.
2. Link Your PayPal Account to Your GCash Wallet and Authorize Transfers
Once you have set up your account, the next step is to authorize GCash to transact with PayPal on your behalf. There is a built-in feature in the app that allows you to do this. All you need to do is to click on My Account then select PayPal.
The app will then ask you to input your PayPal email address. Upon selecting Proceed, you will be redirected to the PayPal website within the app, where you'll input your PayPal password. Click on the Authorize button to confirm.
After this, you’ll receive an email from PayPal letting you know that you've successfully authorized transactions with GCash. You are now almost ready to transfer your PayPal balance to your GCash wallet. If you are having any difficulty following this procedure, check out the images above to assist you in this step. Tap on the thumbnails to toggle between the images.
3. Transfer Paypal Funds to Your GCash Wallet
We're almost there! The next step is to select Cash In and then PayPal to GCash. Here, you'll enter the amount you want to transfer. PayPal will then instantly transfer it to your GCash wallet. Again, feel free to navigate through the photos above to assist you in transferring PayPal balance to your GCash wallet.
It's important to note that beginning in May 2019, only PHP balances can be transferred from Paypal to GCash. Hence, if your PayPal balance is not already listed in terms of PHP, 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.
4. Use Your GCash Wallet to Pay for Your Needs
Since the crediting is done instantly, you can immediately use the funds to pay your bills, transfer money, and more. To pay a bill, select the Pay Bills icon on the home screen then choose from the list of merchants with whom you transact.
Normally, you will find a few credit card companies and utility companies (such as Meralco). There are also a handful of stores and restaurants within the country that now accept payment via GCash, so you can use your balance at those as well.
If it's real, physical cash that you want, check out my article, How to Withdraw From Paypal to Your Bank Account.
More GCash Tutorials
- How to Pay Your PLDT Home Internet Bill Using the Globe GCash App
This article lists step-by-step instructions for conveniently paying your PLDT Home DSL or Fibr bill using your phone and the GCash app. Screenshots of each step are also provided to help guide you through the process visually.
- How to Pay Your Meralco Bill Using the Globe GCash App in a Few Easy Steps
GCash is one of the country's leading mobile money services and offers a helping hand with many payments and mobile transactions. In this article, I will show you how easy it is to pay your Meralco bill using your GCash App.
Feedback Is Welcome
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 as best I can.
Now that you know that you can withdraw using GCash, will you be using this service for your PayPal balance moving forward?
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
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 44
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 43
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.Helpful 27
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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 85
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