How To Cancel A Paypal Authorized Recurring Payment

August 17, 2012 · 7 comments

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How To Cancel A Paypal Authorized Recurring Payment

UnApprove Payments You
PreApproved Before! 

Paypal’s preapproved recurring payment program is a really handy way to subscribe to anything from courses to services. 

Sometimes, however, we get what we need from the provider and are ready to put a halt to the auto-payments. 

Even if you have no payments you need to stop, logging into paypal and canceling prior authorizations (even if they are not posing any threat) is a good way to maintain the health and security of your account. 

How To Cancel Pre-Authorized Recurring Paypal Payments

Step 1.  Log into your account and under the “Profile” option select “More Options”. 

At this moment, that’s available at but Paypal moves stuff often.

Step 2. Once you are on your profile’s “More Options”… then in the left-side navigation, select “My Money”. 

how to cancel a recurring paypal payment - screenshot 1Step 3. Once you’re in Paypal’s “My Money” page, you will see a “My Preapproved Payments” … scroll to the right and click on UPDATE. 

Step 4. In the Preapproved Payments page, you will see a list of all current and past preapproved payments. Click on the title of the one you wish to edit (cancel). 

Step 5. Now that you are in the payment itself, you will see an link that says “Cancel” click that and then click yes on the confirmation

Step 6. That’s it! You’ve successfully canceled the payment. If you need to cancel any others (any that you are not actively using) use your browser back button to get back to the Preapproved Payments page!

Keep the gunk out of your paypal account and get rid of products you no longer need all in a few easy clicks!

Do you use paypal to pay for products? 

~ Kim ~
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Vikash Kumar
Vikash Kumar

Lost half hour in finding out that exact information...Glad that your post was there....Many thanks


Good info!

How do I cancel a payment that showed up in my email as reoccurring but has not cleared the bank yet? Is there a way to retract the transaction?




I love the ability to cancel schedule payments in Paypal but always have a hard time finding the list of recurring payments that I have accepted in the past. GoDaddy makes it difficult also to pay without having one already setup.

Kim Castleberry
Kim Castleberry

You "might" be able to issue a stop payment by contacting your bank, but it will cost you money to do that and you'll have to do a bunch of paperwork. A pending transaction is mostly processed. Far better, if you are eligible for it, to request a refund from the seller.