Much of the commerce that takes place on the web goes through PayPal, so if you're accessing the service from a mobile device, you should take extra precautions to secure your account. With the latest version, you can now link your phone to your account so that the service can better verify that you are indeed the person trying to access it. The app has a new SMS permission that is necessary to link up your number.

What's new:


  • Boost your security. Link your phone so we can make absolutely sure it belongs to you. The new permission (send SMS messages) is how you link your phone.
  • PayPal Extras MasterCard®, eBay MasterCard®, and PayPal Smart Connect customers! Now you can see your available credit in your Wallet


The update also lets PayPal Extra MasterCard, eBay MasterCard, and PayPal Smart Connect customers view their available credit with the Wallet section of the PayPal app. This may not affect everyone, but if you have one of those cards, enjoy.

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The update also brings in bug fixes and a reduced file size. Nothing to complain about there.

Bertel King, Jr.
Born and raised in the rural South, Bertel knows what it's like to live without 4G LTE - or 3G, for that matter. The only things he likes sweeter than his tea are his gadgets, and while few objects burn more than a metal phone on a summer day, he prefers them that way anyway.

  • Ricardo Neves

    I hope Paypal changes their mind about NFC. It would be a shame to not implement Tap & Pay, since it's more widely available than Google's Wallet.

    • http://rayshq.com/ Ray

      I really don't understand why Google (preferably - for me anyway) or PayPal hasn't jumped on the NFC tap & pay option. There is seriously a massive market for it but so far there are only an extremely small group of people in the US (to my knowledge) that can actually use Google Wallet for NFC payments.

      Not even the major banks have jumped on it with their own apps.

      Personally, I would use Google Wallet for payments everywhere and anywhere possible if given the choice.

      • Steve

        I think the phone carriers are one reason Google hasn't been successful with NFC payments. I'd use it all the time if my phone had Kit Kat.

      • http://beaugil.es BeauGiles

        Technically I believe anyone running Android 4.4 KitKat can use Google Wallet for NFC payments in the US - there's no restriction from your carrier or finanicial institution

        • http://rayshq.com/ Ray

          That's what I thought - in fact I think it may have been you who mentioned this some time back on Google+.

          Since 4.4, I'm really not sure why this hasn't taken off. Google basically opened it up to everyone yet no one wants to use it.


    • Piotr Gołasz

      Remember, that what GW does is actually generate a new virtual MasterCard for each user, and each device. I assume this is very costly, and that's why so far they ate costs in US for promotion sake. I think that most users would pay up to 5$ to cover costs of issuing a new card if NFC payments on PP were possible.