Have you mistakenly sent a payment to the wrong vendor on PayPal? Or have you paid in excess to the vendor via PayPal? If you are wondering how to cancel pending PayPal payment then here is a short and practical guide for you.


PayPal has been famous for making payments for small tasks like freelancing work, contractual jobs, and others. The process is quite simple. But still there are times when we mistakenly enter the wrong amount or vendor details. For rectifying and canceling that transaction, first of all, the transaction has to be in ‘Pending’ status or under ‘Unclaimed’ tab.

How To Cancel Pending PayPal Payment

Here is a step-by-step guide to cancel pending payments on PayPal.

Step 1: First, you need to log in to your PayPal Account.

Step 2: You will find the “Activity’ tab on the top of the website or the app of PayPal. Click on that.

Step 3: Then click on the ‘All Activity’ menu (drop-down), which you will find on the left-hand side of the screen at the top.

Step 4: Click on ‘Payment Sent’ option from there. You can filter the transactions using time and date. Click on the payment – a transaction which you want to open.

Step 5: Once the payment transaction is open you can now click on the ‘Cancel’ button.

Step 6: All the details of the payment will be then shown on your screen. Review the information and then click on the Cancel button to confirm the canceling of the transaction.

Once you finish the steps mentioned above, your pending payment will be canceled. The process of canceling payments is only applicable to the ‘Pending Payments.’

These will be the unclaimed payments by the vendor and listed under ‘Pending payment’ section on PayPal. You cannot cancel any payment which has been completed. For completed payments, you need to request for a refund.

In Conclusion

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Alex Ocean is a financial adviser and expert on e-commerce and trading stocks. He teaches online financial courses for bloggers and entrepreneurs. Alex also hosts workshops for aspiring young professionals that aim to be successful at an early age.


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