How to Activate Your PayPal Debit Card or PayPal Prepaid Card?

Are you ready to start enjoying the convenience of your new PayPal Debit Card or Prepaid Mastercard? The activation process is straightforward and applies to both the PayPal Debit Card and the PayPal Business Debit Mastercard. Once activate you’ll be able to start using your new PayPal debit card instantly.


For the steps to activate a PayPal Prepaid Mastercard simply scroll past the debit card activation guide and you’ll find the help you’re looking for.


Activating Your New PayPal Debit Card

In this guide, we’ll walk you through the steps for activating your card using three different methods: Online activation at, Activation through the PayPal App, and Activation via Paypal’s automated phone line.

Online Activation at the Paypal Website:

When you receive your PayPal Debit Card, the first step is to activate it online.

  1. Begin by opening your preferred web browser and visiting
  2. Log in to your existing PayPal account using your registered credentials.
  3. You’ll be prompted to provide specific information for verification purposes.
  4. Once your details are confirmed, click the ‘Activate Card’ button.
  5. Congratulations! Your PayPal Debit Card is now activated and ready for immediate use.


Paypal Debit Card App Activation

If you prefer to activate your card on the go, the PayPal App offers a quick and convenient way to activate your card.

  1. Launch the PayPal App and log in to your account.
  2. Access your wallet by tapping the ‘Wallet’ option.
  3. Select your PayPal Debit Card from the list of cards on your account.
  4. Follow the prompts to input the necessary activation details accurately.
  5. Tap ‘Activate Card’ to finalize the activation process.
  6. Your PayPal Debit Card is now activated and ready for transactions.


Phone Activation

For those who prefer voice-guided activation, you can activate your PayPal Debit Card over the phone.

  1. Dial the 24-hour automated activation line at 1-800-314-8298.
  2. Follow the automated prompts, which will guide you through the activation process.
  3. Provide the required information, ensuring it matches your account details.
  4. Once your information is verified, you’ll receive confirmation of your card’s successful activation.


Activatig Your PayPal Prepaid Mastercard

If you have a PayPal Prepaid Mastercard then the activation process is slightly different. In order to activate the prepaid debit card offered by PayPal you’ll need to visit On that page you’ll need to enter the full card number and security code from the back of the card. Once entered click “continue” to advance through the process where you’ll have to sign up for an online account that allows you to check your cards balance and recent purchase activity. Once done signing up for an account continue through the remaining steps to activate you card for immediate use.


Importance of Timely Activation

It’s essential to activate your PayPal Debit Card promptly. Once your card arrives, make sure to follow one of the activation methods within the specified time frame. Activating your card ensures that you can start using it for purchases, online transactions, and more.



You’ve completed the activation process for your PayPal Debit Card using the method that suits you best. Regardless of whether you chose online activation, app activation, or phone activation, your card is now ready for action. Shop, make payments, and experience the convenience that the PayPal Debit Card brings to your financial life.

To recap, the activation process is the same for both the PayPal Debit Card and the PayPal Business Debit Mastercard. Simply choose the method that aligns with your preference, and unlock the potential of your newly activated card.