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Updates are typically exciting, but just like they can add new features, they can also take them away. Version 5.5 of PayPal's Android app tells precisely this type of story. The latest release adds in the ability to link loyalty cards to an account and reduce the strain on wallets everywhere. It also brings in faster logins, though this second change takes place behind the scenes, as the login screen looks just like it did before.

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Yet at the same time, this release strips PayPal of its check scanning feature. It's still possible to transfer money over from a linked bank account or a friend, but that's not as versatile as being able to simply replenish funds with a check. At least PayPal didn't try to sneak this by users. The disappearance is mentioned right on the app's Play Store page.

What's new:

  • Loyalty cards, login, and more!
  • Vroom! Faster logins are here. We did some work behind the scenes to speed things up for you.
  • Link all of your favorite loyalty cards to PayPal. Carry virtual versions on your phone. Your wallet deserves the break.
  • We’re no longer offering the “scan a check” feature. Not to worry. You can still add money to PayPal directly from your bank account.

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.

  • @PigeonFudge

    Does this version work on tablets? The last version suddenly wasn't compatible for me on N7 2013.

    • http://bertelking.com/ Bertel King, Jr.

      Yes. I actually took those screenshots using my own 2013 N7.

  • andy_o

    At least PayPal didn't try to sneak this by users.

    Oh, but they did: http://consumerist.com/2014/06/16/paypal-discontinues-mobile-check-capture-as-of-um-yesterday/

    All of a sudden that day check capture didn't work for me. I had one on queue, and fortunately it came through, but there was no way to check its status.

    I opened an Amex Serve account just to be able to phone-scan my checks cause my smallish bank's app sucks donkey ass.

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  • coolsilver

    Will I be able to log in again with the security key option on.. because here lately the app has been jack shit broken.

    • Andy

      I've never been able to get pin unlock working. I contacted them to ask why not - their response was that PIN unlock is not supported in some devices - specifically the Nexus 5 and Moto X. WTF?

      • Ramiro Fernandez

        I had the same issue, and talked to support for well over a month. It went from complaining I didn't have a phone number, to letting me set a PIN but then saying the PIN was incorrect. Paypal support are completely useless, failing to respond to emails for over a month before I rang them and they said there was a known issue they were working on fixing. Never heard them say what you just said then.
        I had recently switched from a Nexus 5 to a Moto G (don't ask). So I just tried the PIN logon which I had long given up on, and it worked!
        So yeah, no idea where I'm going with this comment, but thanks for that info, and I feel your pain dealing with PayPal support...

        • Andy

          Yeah they're frustrating as hell. They still can't say WHY pin unlock doesn't work on those 2 phones in particular :(

          • andy_o

            I'm getting PIN unlock just fine on my N5.

    • David Fraiser

      PIN unlock has always worked on my device...until the 5.5 update. I've always had 2-factor login enabled (PP's security key) for the last year, maybe longer. Now I get a nondescript "This version doesn't support security key."

      So to recap: in this version they added loyalty cards (which are really only useful on a mobile device), and yet they disabled being able to login to said mobile device app. Brilliant.

  • wakeupz

    Sucks.