Canceling a PayPal payment depends on the status of the transaction. Here are the steps you can take based on different scenarios:

If the Payment is Pending:

  1. Log In to Your PayPal Account:
  2. Go to the Activity or Summary Page:
    • Navigate to the “Activity” or “Summary” page to view your recent transactions.
  3. Find the Pending Payment:
    • Locate the pending payment in the transaction list. Pending payments typically have a “Pending” status.
  4. Click on the Payment:
    • Click on the pending payment to view its details.
  5. Cancel Payment:
    • If the option is available, you should see an option to “Cancel” or “Cancel Payment.” Click on this option.
  6. Confirm Cancellation:
    • Confirm that you want to cancel the payment.
  7. Receive Confirmation:
    • Once canceled, you should receive a confirmation message, and the funds will be returned to the sender.

If the Payment is Completed:

If the payment has already been completed, it’s more challenging to cancel it directly through PayPal. In this case, you’ll need to contact the recipient and request a refund.

  1. Contact the Recipient:
    • Reach out to the person or business who received the payment and explain the situation.
  2. Request a Refund:
    • Ask them to refund the payment through PayPal. They can initiate a refund from their PayPal account.
  3. Check Seller’s Policies:
    • If the payment was for a purchase, check the seller’s refund or cancellation policies. Some sellers may have specific procedures for handling refunds.
  4. Dispute the Transaction:
    • If you are unable to resolve the issue with the recipient, you can open a dispute in the PayPal Resolution Center. Log in to your PayPal account, go to the Resolution Center, and follow the instructions to open a dispute.


  • PayPal payments made through the “Friends and Family” option may not be eligible for dispute resolution, and you might need to rely on the recipient’s willingness to refund.
  • If you funded the PayPal payment with a credit card, you can also contact your credit card issuer to inquire about the possibility of a chargeback.

Always exercise caution when canceling or disputing payments and make sure to communicate openly with the other party involved. If you encounter difficulties, you can contact PayPal customer support for assistance.

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