I’m a huge fan of Paypal because it enables me to purchase items and subscriptions online without giving my credit card number to various entities I don’t really know or trust. The problem with Paypal arises when one of those entities is a subscription or automatic renewal service and renews when you didn’t intend it to.
As an example, my old web host charged my Paypal account a week early in November, around the time of the beginning of my most recent move. I had a note on my calendar to cancel the account because I knew I would be changing web hosts. But I hadn’t actually canceled the account at that point because I had not had a chance to import the e-mails in my domain’s e-mail account into my Gmail account.
At any rate, sometimes you just need–or maybe just want–to revoke (remove, delete, cancel, etc.) your Paypal authorizations (also called permissions, payments, etc.). Here is a step-by-step tutorial to assist you in doing so.
The first thing you have to do is log into Paypal. Visit Paypal at https://www.paypal.com. Make sure your connection is secure by clicking on that padlock next to the Paypal name in the address bar.
Click on “Log In” in the upper right-hand corner.
Enter your e-mail address and password, and click on “Log In.”
If you receive a Paypal ad like the one above, click on “My Paypal” in the upper right-hand corner.
Click on the picture of the gear in the upper right-hand corner of the screen, next to the words “Log Out.” (By the way, stay tuned for an upcoming post on Ebates.)
Then click on “Payments” in the submenu at the top of the screen below the main menu.
Click on “Manage pre-approved payments” under the “Pre-approved payments” heading.
If you have no active authorizations, you should see a page like the one above.
Filter the status of your authorizations by those that are active. If you have active authorizations, you’ll see a list of those. Go through that list one by one, clicking on each merchant’s name. You’ll see a page that looks like this one.
Click on the “Cancel” link after “Status.” A pop-up will ask you to confirm.
The status of the authorization should change to “Cancelled” and should note the date of the cancellation.
After you’ve finished canceling all of your authorizations, your list should look something like this. The canceled or revoked authorizations should say “Inactive.”
When you’re finished, you should receive a confirmation e-mail.
Go through all of the authorizations you want to revoke and cancel them one by one. If you have a subscription you want to keep, then just do not go through the cancellation process for that subscription.
Authorizations tend to pile up in Paypal, especially around the holidays. So make a note on your calendar at the very end of December to revoke any you don’t find necessary during the new year. That’s after the spending time of the year is over and also the time you’re most likely to pursue a no-spend month or declare your freedom from Hulu or whatever, right?
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Last updated: 03/26/2018