While you can’t change your PayPal username, you can change the display name associated with your account, as well as disable your PayPal.Me link. We’ll show you how to do this in your PayPal account.
If you wish to change the name displayed on your account, PayPal may require you to upload supporting documents to prove that your new name is legal. This is because PayPal does not want you to hide your identity or impersonate other people on their platform.
As for the PayPal.Me link, you cannot change it once it has been created. However, you can disable the link if you don’t want people to use it to send you money. We’ll cover how to do it here.
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Change your PayPal display name
- Sign in to the PayPal website and click the Settings button.
- Under your current name, click “Change Name.”
- Choose between changing your legal name, updating your name, and correcting a typo.
- If prompted, click “Choose a File” to upload an image of your documentation.
To change your legal name on your PayPal account, you may be required to upload an official document indicating the new name. This document can be a photo ID, a marriage certificate or similar.
In your case, this document must contain one or more of the following information: your photo, your legal name (first and last name), date of birth, date of issue or expiration, your signature and identification number. Also, this document must not be expired when you send it to PayPal.
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Once you have the required documents with you, start the name change process by opening a web browser on your device and launching the PayPal site. On the site, log in to your account.
Once you’re logged in, in the upper right corner of PayPal, click “Settings” (a gear icon).
On the next page, next to your current name, click “Change Name.”
You will see a “Select your name change type” page. Here, choose what type of change you want to make to the current name on your PayPal account. PayPal will ask you for more information depending on the option you choose.
You must choose “Change your legal name” if your legal name has been officially changed for any reason. Choose “Update Your Name” if you originally registered under a different name and now wish to use your real name. In either case, PayPal will await validation documentation. Only the “Make a minor correction” option does not require documents and will only allow you to change one or two characters.
We will select the option that says “Change Your Legal Name”.
On the “Update Your Name” page that opens, review the documents you need to upload to legally change your name on your account. Then upload your documents by clicking “Choose file”.
Follow the instructions on the screen to finish changing your name. When PayPal approves your request, you’ll see your new name on your account.
And that’s all there is to it.
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Deactivate your PayPal.Me link
Unlike your account name, you can’t change your PayPal.Me link once you’ve created it. However, you can disable this link to prevent people from sending you money.
To do that, launch a web browser on your device and open PayPal. Sign in to your account on the site.
After signing in, in the upper right corner of PayPal, click “Settings” (a gear icon).
Next to your current PayPal.Me link, click “Manage.”
On the “Edit Your Profile” page, scroll down and turn off “Profile Status.”
In the section “Deactivate your profile?” indicator, select “Off”.
And that is. Your PayPal.Me link no longer works.
Thus, you can also cancel your PayPal subscriptions and even delete your PayPal account if you wish.
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