Cancel a Recurring Payment in PayPal

You can easily cancel a recurring subsription payment in PayPal.

What is a Recurring Payment?

A recurring payment is a charge applied to a cardholder in predetermined intervals for services or goods of an ongoing subscription. If you agreed on a subscription for 24 months, the recurring payment will automatically deduct from your account every 24 months.

Now what if you want to cancel this recurring payment?

Cancel a Recurring Payment in PayPal


1. Login to your PayPal account.

2. Click on Profile > Profile & Settings.


3. Click on “My Money” to see your account details and “Update” under “My preapproved payments“.


4. Click on the subscription that you want to cancel


5. And click “Cancel Subscription” – You will get a cancel confirmation message to confirm the cancel.


You have now successfully cancelled a recurring subscription payment in PayPal.


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  1. MMOByte on July 31, 2016

    This is great, but could you do a quick tutorial on how to set >up< pre approved payments? and not cancel them? That'd be awesome.

    Thanks for this tutorial anyway. I originally had trouble finding out how to get to the pre approved area, especially with the old Paypal theme. Man that was irritating to navigate LOL.

    • Antonie Potgieter on January 4, 2017

      It is not possible to create pre-approved payments or subscriptions in the PayPal account directly from what I know. It can only be done with the gateway or API such as a checkout using PayPal Standard or Express. I’m glad that you found the article useful.


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