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How to Transfer Money from Paypal to GCash?

April 12, 2018
How to Transfer Money from Paypal to GCash?

I finally found the best way to withdraw money from my Paypal account without losing much on currency exchange.

I have a few dollars saved in my Paypal account but I decided not to withdraw them via bank (BDO) because of the big difference in currency exchange and dollar rate. When I recently withdraw dollar fund to BDO bank in local currency, it appeared that I got a rate of Php 48 = 1 USD. Boo. 👎

Unfortunately, Paypal doesn’t have a facility yet to transfer dollar to a local dollar account. I previously tried doing so via BPI Dollar account but the transaction failed. 

The next best thing to do is to find a way to transfer my Paypal dollar money to a local bank with the best rate. GCASH is the answer.   If you are freelancer who accepts payment from international client, has an online business or someone who receives money from abroad (lucky you are! 😁 ), this may be helpful to you. 
First things, first. ❗❗❗
You must be a registered GCASH account holder and you must secure a GCASH card. 
What I did was: I registered to GCASH while I was in a Globe Center – this way, it is easier to secure a card. 
How to register to GCASH:
1. Download the GCASH app. 
2. Register your Globe number. 
3. Follow the instructions in the app and verification sent via SMS. 
How to Get a GCASH Mastercard:
1. Go to Globe Center. 
2. Fill out the GCASH Form. 
3. Present your ID and pay Php 150 for the card. 
4. Load your card with at least Php 150 to activate it. 
How to Link Your Paypal to GCASH Account:
1. Open the GCASH app and click My Account. 
2. From the list, choose Paypal. 
3. Enter your Paypal email address and confirm the action. 

You will be first asked to verify your identity via the Facebook Messenger App. 
(It is a long process. They would ask you to send selfies, IDs, signature and even schedule you for a video call). 

Once your account is verified, you are ready to transfer money from Paypal to GCASH. Actually, the process is called Cashing In. 
How to Withdraw Money from Paypal to GCash?
1. Open your GCASH app and click Cash In. 

2. From the list, click Paypal. 
3. Enter the amount that you need to cash in (you have the option to choose from USD or PHP – 
depending on your Paypal balance).  The money that would be transferred to your account is in Peso. 
4. Confirm the process. 
It is very easy with no transaction fee.I tried to withdraw 100 USD and I got Php 5,072 in my GCASH wallet.  I got the money reflected in an instant!

It is a better dollar to peso conversion vs withdrawing to BDO or bank. I usually get a Php 48 = 1 USD exchange rate when the money is deposited in my bank. 
Now, I can simply withdraw the money using my GCASH Mastercard Card. 
I hope you find this post informative.

If you encounter any Paypal to GCash problem or error, just drop a comment. Let’s try to resolve it.

Update May 2019: It seems that we can no longer transfer US Dollars to GCash (Philippine Peso). When I tried to cash in money using Paypal, the US Dollar currency is no longer showing in the available balance screen. We have to convert USD to Philippine Peso first in Paypal before we can transfer to GCash. 
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