How to Release PayPal Payment on Hold Faster


PayPal is a convenient and secure platform to send and receive money to or from your family and friends within and abroad but also PayPal serve as medium of payment for small business owners to get paid for their goods and services in a secure manner. To learn more about PayPal and it’s payment methods, kindly take little of your time to read our articles about Friends and family or Goods and services PayPal payment options.

In this article I will be discussing how to get your money on hold released faster on PayPal. There are various reason that can caused your money to be held by PayPal for different time-frames which could be 24 hours, 72 hours, 7 days or even 21 days. Few of the reason may include:

Why is my PayPal payment on hold?

  1. New PayPal account
  2. Your PayPal account has been inactive.
  3. Personal PayPal account taking goods and services payments for the first few times.
  4. Suspicious activities noticed by PayPal from either sender or receiver account.
  5. Receiving higher amount than your usuals.
  6. Old Customers filed formal complaints for a refund, dispute, or chargeback
  7. Few times held by PayPal just to protect and ensure buyer or send got what he/she paid for.

How to get my PayPal Payment on Hold Faster?

Usually most of this reasons sighted above majorly affects PayPal Goods and Services payment method. Just one I could say might affect even PayPal Friend and family payment method which is the suspicious activities in either of the counterparts account. In this scenario, there’s no action needed of you to be done your money will only be on hold for nothing more than 24 hours while PayPal perform their security checks on the transaction in which after 24hours it will either by release to your PayPal balance or refunded back to sender.

Having a New PayPal account and receiving goods and services payments may get you no choice but to wait for whole of 21 days on each of your first 3 to 5 payments as your account just started to build it’s trust with PayPal that you are performing a legal and legit activities on your PayPal account and nothing more. This scenario is as much as applicable to a Personal PayPal account taking Goods and services payments for the first few times.

Either you received a little more than your usuals or few of your clients have filed complaints for refund in which the cases in the end did not came in your favor, or maybe PayPal just held it for security reasons to protect your buyer, here are some action you could take to get your money released sooner on PayPal:

  • By adding tracking number: Use one of PayPal’s approved shipping carriers, and PayPal will release the hold on funds one day after the courier confirms delivery.
  • Print a USPS or UPS shipping label via PayPal: PayPal will track your package and release the hold on funds one day after the courier confirms delivery.
  • Update the order status for services or intangible items: For items that aren’t shipped, like e-books or knitting lessons, update the order status and PayPal will release funds in seven days or even less if you can get your client to confirm shipment received from his/her end.

How to update the order status for services or on intangible items on PayPal?

  1. Click Get your money sooner
  2. Click Get your funds
  3. Choose Service or virtual product option
  4. Contact Your Sender to Confirm shipment received

1. Click Get your money sooner

Login to your PayPal account and on the dashboard you will see money on hold just immediate below your available balance, there you will see Get your money sooner as seen in the image below, click on it:

2. Click Get your funds

After you have clicked “Get your money sooner” you will be prompted to the transaction details of the money currently on hold and on the right at almost top of the page you will see a blue button that displays “Get your funds” as shown in the diagram below,

Click Get your funds

3. Choose Service or virtual product option

After you have clicked “Get your funds“, on the next page you will be asked to provide more info about what you sold in which you will be provided with the options choose from as shown in the image below.

NOTE: You are expected to choose service or virtual product ( which does not required shipping info ) and then confirm order status after.

4. Contact Your Sender to Confirm shipment received

In approximately 24 hours after you have confirmed your order status, contact your sender to confirm shipment received from his/her own transaction details of that particular transaction. Example has been shown from the image below:

The fund will become available at your end just almost immediately your sender confirm shipment received from his or her own end.


Now that your fund has become available, I bet you will be finding a quicker way to exchange your paypal fund for Naira at better rate. Hmm, why not sell your paypal funds with PaytoNaira for as much as N600 per dollar. Below you can read the article on how to trade your paypal funds with PaytoNaira.

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