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How to add your PayPal account with a prepaid gift certificate to make it a payment option

Gift cards galore are one of the obvious benefits of the holiday season.

Prepaid gift card cards that are sold by credit card companies can be a wonderful gift. You can use the balance towards just about any item, including your PayPal.

It might be a smart idea to add a gift card balance in your PayPal account if you frequently use it .

It is also a great method to avoid losing your funds before you can spend. Many of us are susceptible to losing physical copies.

Here’s how to add Visa, American Express and MasterCard prepaid gift cards to your PayPal accounts.

How to add PayPal a gift card

  1. You will need a desktop computer to access your PayPal Wallet.

 PayPal Cash and PayPal Plus accounts are required to transfer money from your bank to PayPal. Prepaid Gift Cards can be added by anyone as a payment method. Emma Witman/Business Insider

2. Click “Link your debit or credit card”

3. If given the choice to link manually or through an institution, tap “Link card manually”.

4. Enter the gift card information.

5. Tap “Link Card”.

Once connected, you can choose to make your prepaid card default payment option.Emma Witman/Business Insider

Sometimes you may encounter an error while adding a gift certificate to your PayPal account to make a payment. Gift cards don’t have any personal identifiers unlike traditional credit cards.

Register your gift certificate if you are in this type of situation. The card should contain instructions that will direct to a website.

You can also exchange non credit card gift cards for PayPal money. But the cost of this transaction is substantial — usually, a minimum 10% of its value.

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