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PayPal Expands Cryptocurrency Services, Facilitates Web3 Payments via MetaMask in the U.S.

Users in the United States can now convert their cryptocurrency into U.S. Dollars and add it to their PayPal balance directly from their wallets

Shashank Bhardwaj
Published: Sep 14, 2023 02:54:11 PM IST
Updated: Sep 14, 2023 03:02:09 PM IST

PayPal Expands Cryptocurrency Services, Facilitates Web3 Payments via MetaMask in the U.S.Image: Shutterstock

Global payment giant PayPal has introduced new features to improve users' ability to transact in cryptocurrencies.

On September 11, 2023, PayPal unveiled on- and off-ramps for web3 payments, providing users in the United States with a seamless method to convert their cryptocurrencies, such as Bitcoin (BTC) and Ethereum (ETH), into U.S. Dollars directly within their PayPal wallets. 

PayPal's new off-ramp feature, now available to wallets, decentralised applications (dApps), and nonfungible token (NFT) marketplaces, is also live on MetaMask, a popular Ethereum wallet and dApp browser. This feature enables users to access the growing web3 ecosystem while still using PayPal's reliable payment infrastructure.

Web3 merchants, upon integration with PayPal, can tap into a massive user base and offer a fast, secure, and seamless payment experience. Millions of PayPal users can now participate in the decentralised world, all while benefiting from PayPal's robust security controls and tools for fraud management, chargebacks, and dispute resolution. This move aims to bridge the gap between traditional financial systems and the decentralised blockchain space.

A promotional video on YouTube showcases PayPal's on- and off-ramp features, offering a glimpse into the user experience. In the video, a user is seen sending 0.0015 BTC (valued at $50) to an external wallet, incurring a $5 network fee and a $2.19 transaction fee. While the video does not specify the wallet used for the transaction, it's important to note that MetaMask, highlighted as a partner in this rollout, primarily supports Ethereum and its related tokens, not Bitcoin transactions on the original Bitcoin blockchain.

PayPal's expansion into the cryptocurrency realm has been marked by strategic partnerships. In August 2023, PayPal joined forces with Ledger, a major hardware wallet firm, to facilitate on-ramp integration. This partnership allowed verified PayPal users in the United States to purchase Bitcoin, Ethereum, Bitcoin Cash, and Litecoin directly through a Ledger hardware wallet using the native Ledger Live software. 

MetaMask, the Ethereum-focused wallet and dApp browser, had previously initiated the option for its U.S. users to purchase ether through PayPal in May 2023. The partnership between MetaMask's parent company, ConsenSys, and PayPal, first established in late 2022, has consistently expanded the cryptocurrency services available to users.

PayPal’s ongoing commitment to providing users with versatile and user-friendly cryptocurrency services underscores the growing importance of digital assets in global finance. As the cryptocurrency ecosystem evolves, efforts to bridge traditional finance with decentralised technologies offer users new avenues for financial freedom and innovation.

Shashank is the founder of yMedia. He ventured into crypto in 2013 and is an ETH maximalist. Twitter: @bhardwajshash