How To Cancel A Pending PayPal Payment

How To Cancel A Pending PayPal Payment

In the busy world of e-commerce, transactions happen at lightning speed. Sometimes, though, things go wrong and a payment that’s been initiated can’t be finished. That could happen when you haven’t logged into your PayPal account for a while and it has auto-payment activated or if there is some kind of glitch with your system. Whatever the reason for the failed transaction, canceling a pending payment is essential to keep things from getting messy. Let’s see how you can manage PayPal payments effectively.

Keep on reading to learn more about:

1. What is a Pending PayPal Payment?

2. How to Cancel a Pending PayPal Payment

3. How to Retrieve a Failed Payment

4. Tips To Avoid Pending Payments

5. Final words

What is a Pending PayPal Payment?

As a PayPal seller, you might want to better understand what is considered a pending payment. A pending payment is a payment that hasn’t been completed yet. It’s usually a payment that’s been initiated by a buyer (but not necessarily). When a buyer places an order on your website and chooses to pay via PayPal, the payment is put on hold. This means that the money is moved from the buyer’s account to your account, but it’s not been transferred to you yet. The payment is considered pending until you mark it as completed. This is when the money will be transferred from your account to your bank.

How to Cancel a Pending PayPal Payment

If a payment has been initiated and then you realize that you don’t want to go through with it, there are a few things you can do. 

  1. The first method is to log into your PayPal account and click on Activity. Once there, navigate to My Money
  2. From there, select Find and Cancel Payments. On this page, you can cancel any pending payments (except for recurring ones). 

There is also a Report this Payment option that can be used to cancel a transaction. It’s useful if the payment is fraudulent. However, you can cancel it only if the buyer hasn’t yet disputed it. If they have filed a dispute, then you can’t cancel the payment until you resolve it. In that case, you’ll have to wait until the payment is marked as Dispute Resolved.

How to Retrieve a Failed Payment

In some cases, the money might get transferred to your account, but you can’t retrieve it. It can happen due to several reasons, including insufficient funds or a frozen PayPal account. Whatever the case may be, the payment will be listed in your History as Failed

In such a case, you can log into your PayPal account, navigate to History, and select Failed Transactions. From there, you can try contacting PayPal to find out why the payment failed. You can also try contacting the buyer and asking them to try again. If everything else fails, you can file a dispute and ask for a chargeback.

Tips To Avoid Pending Payments

Pending payments can be a headache to a business owner, so the wisest way to deal with them is to avoid them. The best way to do that is to switch off auto payments. This way, you’ll always have the option of manually approving or rejecting a payment. 

In addition, you should keep an eye on your account to timely identify pending payments. You can do that by regularly checking your account balance and reviewing your transaction history. You can also use a payment reminder service to keep track of payment dates. With these tips in mind, you should be able to avoid pending payments.

Final Words

Pending payments are a normal part of the payment process. They usually occur after a buyer has paid for a product but before you’ve received that money. However, it’s important to know how to handle them when they occur. If payment is on hold, you may be able to cancel the transaction before it’s completed. You can also try to retrieve a payment that has failed before it’s too late. To do it, you first need to understand what a pending payment is and why it occurs. With this information in hand, you can more effectively manage payments. That’s all, Folks! We hope you enjoyed reading this article. Writing these types of articles is always a lot of fun, and we hope that it was helpful and insightful for you.

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Volha Belakurska

Volha Belakurska

Volha is an experienced copywriter with 10+ years experience writing for the information technology and services industry and a 5+ years sole proprietorship background. Passionate about all things tech, she is especially interested in topics lying at the confluence of business and technology.

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