33 responses

  1. Andy Hough
    August 3, 2011

    Thanks for sharing this. I wasn’t aware the PayPal app had this option and I’ll definitely be trying it out. It could be a time saver.

    • moneycone
      August 6, 2011

      Quite strange Paypal doesn’t offer check scanning via its website. Glad you find this post useful

  2. DIY Investor
    August 3, 2011

    I’m truly amazed at the things I learn on your site. I wonder if PayPal profits by having use of the funds for a couple of days.

    • moneycone
      August 6, 2011

      Thanks DIY! I’m sure PayPal profits by the interest earned. But I’m not complaining since this service is otherwise free.

    • Dan
      December 8, 2011

      I’m guessing they profit because people don’t typically transfer the money out–at least not immediately. That money will cause people (like me) to deposit money into their PayPal account when they normally wouldn’t have. And if the money is already there, why not pay from there? Makes perfect sense. I’m impressed.

  3. retirebyforty
    August 3, 2011

    That’s pretty cool! One of these days I’ll have to get a smart phone. :)

    • moneycone
      August 6, 2011

      I don’t have a smartphone either rb40! I used my iPod Touch!

  4. Suba
    August 3, 2011

    I tried the paypal deposit last weekend. Hopefully it will work out fine. Now my bank has online deposits too, so if I open a separate business account I will be set.

    • moneycone
      August 6, 2011

      Got a confirmation today that the money’s been deposited! Took 6 days.

  5. Barb Friedberg
    August 3, 2011

    I really like my bank, but no branch where I’m moving!!! I’m going to try and stick with them remotely, maybe try the deposit through an ATM. I have not gotten an android yet, I’m a real hold out!

    • moneycone
      August 6, 2011

      I used my iPod Touch to deposit the check! I don’t have an iPhone or Android phone either Barb.

  6. Ashley @ Money Talks
    August 3, 2011

    ahh.. one more thing I can’t do… they should let me take a pic with my regular camera and upload to their site, without a speical app.

    • moneycone
      August 6, 2011

      You know Ashley, that’s a genius idea! I don’t see why not allow that! A regular camera can take better pictures than a smartphone anyway.

  7. World of Finance
    August 3, 2011

    I love this feature! I hate actually going to the bank to deposit checks. Great idea to share this option with others. I know Chase offers this service.

    • moneycone
      August 6, 2011

      Chase and USAA come to mind. Both have this feature.

  8. Jeffrey Trull
    August 4, 2011

    I’m getting an iphone soon, so I’ll definitely be checking this out. I have USAA but I’m not eligible to scan in checks. This could be a great alternative to mailing them in for me, which I’m not a huge fan of.

    • moneycone
      August 6, 2011

      It sure is very convenient Jeffrey, though I don’t like the 6 day wait.

  9. Hunter @ Financially Consumed
    August 4, 2011

    I’ll download this app on my wife’s iPhone this weekend. I can see how it will make some transactions much easier.

    • moneycone
      August 6, 2011

      I finally saw the money deposited in my PayPal account today! Very convenient! You’ll love it!

  10. Darwin’s Money
    August 4, 2011

    Now that is some interesting stuff; if only paypal didn’t have that damn fee!

    • moneycone
      August 6, 2011

      Darwin, PayPal does not charge any fees for personal transfers. (By default business is selected, you need to select personal tab to avoid fees)

  11. Maggie@SquarePennies
    August 6, 2011

    Very cool. Didn’t know this either. Thanks for the detailed tutorial!

  12. Little House
    August 7, 2011

    That is pretty clever. It’s pretty quick and easy for me to deposit checks into the ATM, and they get credited that same day as long as the deposit it made before 9pm. But this is convenient if for some reason I just couldn’t make it to the ATM. Thanks for sharing.

  13. Untemplater
    August 8, 2011

    Thanks for sharing this. I didn’t know Paypal’s mobile apps could do that. One day our phones will replace our entire wallets! -Sydney

  14. Squirrelers
    August 8, 2011

    That’s pretty cool, thanks for sharing this. Actually, I had a check a few months ago that I deposited which I would have preferred to go directly to PayPal. Now, it seems like that option is actually possible. Interesting stuff….

  15. Miss Wallstreet
    August 10, 2011

    Why the heck does it take 6 business days?! I think I know why it’s free now. Paypal is making money from you in 3 out of 6 of those days. But at least they offer the service. Hopefully there will be more competition soon to drive the wait time down.

  16. Financial Success For Young Adults
    August 14, 2011

    This is a pretty neat feature. Too bad I don’t have a smartphone yet… :(

  17. Paul Vachon
    August 30, 2011

    I think I will download this app and try it.

    Thanks for the tip!

  18. SB @ One Cent At A Time
    September 7, 2011

    What about PayPal commission of 2.5%? Won’t they cut it from your check? and banks don’t do that. We have online check deposit with chase bank as well.

  19. Nique
    February 23, 2012

    I sell custom made jewelry and many times need my payments instantly so I can purchase the material to make the jewelry, so I upgraded my account and got the paypal debit card. Because of this I don’t have to wait the additional 3 day for the money from the check to transfer to my bank account, I can use it after the 6 day processing period via my debit card.

  20. Thomas
    December 21, 2012

    I downloaded the app to my Droid… however when i tried taking a picture i was unable to do so. Any advice

  21. Thomas
    December 21, 2012

    Please respond

  22. Mell
    October 11, 2014

    As of June 2014 paypal quietly removed the check cashing feature during on of it’s updates. No information about this is available on their website, actually they still have the help topic telling you how to do it but the app no longer has the feature. I used it only once but it was a super handy feature & I am really annoyed that they removed it. I found out it was removed because I was going to use it & couldn’t find it.

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