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How to See a Running Balance in PayPal

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I just spent a frustrating 10 or 15 minutes trying to figure out how to see my running balance in PayPal.


Why they keep this hidden – I have no idea.

But if you are pulling your hair out looking this information, then here is the solution to your problem.

First, let me tell you that I have a business account – so it might be different if you have a personal account.

This is how you do it.

Click on the Activity Tab

Click on the Activity tab across the top to the right of the Home tab.

screenshot from PayPal to find running balance

Choose All Transactions

In the first column under Transactions choose “All Transactions”.

You will see four boxes under the long search box towards the top of your screen.

Change the Transaction Type

The second box says “Transaction Type” with the words “All Transactions” under it. To the right inside this box is a downward arrow.

screenshot from PayPal to find running balance

Click this arrow and it opens a drop down menu.

Select the first option down called “Balance Affecting”.

This will magically show you your running balance in the second to last column in the activity list on this page.


Until the Next User Interface Change

I suppose this solution will only work until PayPal changes the user interface and sends us on a new scavenger hunt.

Hopefully, this tip saved you a little time.

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Thursday 25th of February 2021

You can get a custom report, and there IS a checkbox for 'Balance', but even with it selected the generated report does not include a balance column. I guess they simply don't want us to know.

Neena Nandagopal

Friday 26th of February 2021

Hi Laurie, It is so frustrating - this seems like such a basic feature, doesn't it?


Tuesday 23rd of February 2021

As of today 2/23/2021, this has changed. I cannot find Balance Affecting under Activity.


Friday 12th of March 2021

@Neena Nandagopal, UNBELIEVEABLE! I was following your information and HOPEFUL that I could once again find my running balance. But no...they removed "Balance Affecting" !! I guess they figured out...everyone was able to figure out how to get their Running Balance back! It must be that Paypal...doesn't want its clients to know HOW their BALANCE got to be what it is. What Possible other reason could it be that they keep taking that away. It's a feature that is elementary in its function in banking and money management!! Thank you and please let me know if you find a solution. [email protected]

Neena Nandagopal

Tuesday 23rd of February 2021

Hi Peter, Yes, PayPal changed it again - it seems. I haven't been able to find the running balance in the new interface but will post it if I find a solution.


Monday 21st of December 2020

Looks like they changed it again, I have a different interface than this.

Neena Nandagopal

Tuesday 22nd of December 2020

Hi Dave, Thanks for the heads up. I will have to go take another look.


Thursday 23rd of July 2020

Thank you! Why do they keep changing things that don't need to be changed??!!

Neena Nandagopal

Thursday 23rd of July 2020

You are welcome - and yes, so frustrating!

Aadarsh Roy

Wednesday 17th of June 2020

Hey Neena mam ,

Great post with effective tips to see a running balance in PayPal. Also thanks for including helpful images on your post, as it will provide us better understanding.

PayPal is great for doing an online transaction of money. Your each of the mentioned steps are so clear, easy to understand and follow, whereas following these steps will help several users and allows them to see running balance on PayPal.

Truly helpful post and thanks for sharing.

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