PayPal: active registered user accounts 2010-2018

Number of PayPal's total active registered user accounts from 1st quarter 2010 to 4th quarter 2018 (in millions)

PayPal: active registered user accounts 2010-2018 This statistic shows the number of total active user accounts on the online payment platform PayPal. In the fourth quarter of 2018, there were 267 million accounts active worldwide, representing a 17 percent year-on-year growth.
PayPal
PayPal is a global online payment business allowing users to make payments and money transfers online. In 2002, PayPal was acquired by auction site eBay and has made great gains in visibility and online popularity since then. The service is often considered as the leader of the online and mobile payment market. Many retailers such as BestBuy and Home Depot and digital content sellers like Humble Bundle or Valve use PayPal as an in-store payment or digital wallet top-up method. Online payment providers usually generate revenue through transaction fees.

Recently, brick-and-mortar retailers and shops have also begun to accept PayPal as a mobile payment method. As of December 2017, 37 percent of North American retailers already accepted PayPal as a payment method and 14 percent planned to accept it within the next 12 months. Customers are required to use their NFC-enabled mobile device to make a payment or use a PayPal card, which can also be swiped or touched in at physical point-of-sale locations. In 2017, the service's annual mobile payment volume amounted to 155 billion US dollars, representing a 52 percent growth compared to the previous year.

The market for online payment providers was created through the ubiquity of online shopping and online retail opportunities. The advantages of wide-reaching global payment systems allow for easier online buying, especially when taking the growth of mobile commerce into account. Other digital wallet services include Google Wallet as well as US-based Square, Lemon Wallet and LevelUp. Traditional payment providers MasterCard and Visa also offer digital wallets.
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Number of PayPal's total active registered user accounts from 1st quarter 2010 to 4th quarter 2018 (in millions)

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Active registered accounts in millions
Q4 '18267
Q3 '18254
Q2 '18244
Q1 '18237
Q4 '17229
Q3 '17220
Q2 '17212
Q1 '17205
Q4 '16197
Q3 '16192
Q2 '16188
Q1 '16184
Q4 '15179
Q3 '15173
Q2 '15169
Q1 '15165.2
Q4 '14161.5
Q3 '14156.9
Q2 '14152.5
Q1 '14148.4
Q4 '13142.6
Q3 '13137.4
Q2 '13132.4
Q1 '13127.7
Q4 '12122.7
Q3 '12117.4
Q2 '12113.2
Q1 '12109.8
Q4 '11106.3
Q3 '11103
Q2 '11100.3
Q1 '1197.7
Q4 '1094.4
Q3 '1090.5
Q2 '1087.2
Q1 '1084.3
Active registered accounts in millions
Q4 '18267
Q3 '18254
Q2 '18244
Q1 '18237
Q4 '17229
Q3 '17220
Q2 '17212
Q1 '17205
Q4 '16197
Q3 '16192
Q2 '16188
Q1 '16184
Q4 '15179
Q3 '15173
Q2 '15169
Q1 '15165.2
Q4 '14161.5
Q3 '14156.9
Q2 '14152.5
Q1 '14148.4
Q4 '13142.6
Q3 '13137.4
Q2 '13132.4
Q1 '13127.7
Q4 '12122.7
Q3 '12117.4
Q2 '12113.2
Q1 '12109.8
Q4 '11106.3
Q3 '11103
Q2 '11100.3
Q1 '1197.7
Q4 '1094.4
Q3 '1090.5
Q2 '1087.2
Q1 '1084.3
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This statistic shows the number of total active user accounts on the online payment platform PayPal. In the fourth quarter of 2018, there were 267 million accounts active worldwide, representing a 17 percent year-on-year growth.
PayPal
PayPal is a global online payment business allowing users to make payments and money transfers online. In 2002, PayPal was acquired by auction site eBay and has made great gains in visibility and online popularity since then. The service is often considered as the leader of the online and mobile payment market. Many retailers such as BestBuy and Home Depot and digital content sellers like Humble Bundle or Valve use PayPal as an in-store payment or digital wallet top-up method. Online payment providers usually generate revenue through transaction fees.

Recently, brick-and-mortar retailers and shops have also begun to accept PayPal as a mobile payment method. As of December 2017, 37 percent of North American retailers already accepted PayPal as a payment method and 14 percent planned to accept it within the next 12 months. Customers are required to use their NFC-enabled mobile device to make a payment or use a PayPal card, which can also be swiped or touched in at physical point-of-sale locations. In 2017, the service's annual mobile payment volume amounted to 155 billion US dollars, representing a 52 percent growth compared to the previous year.

The market for online payment providers was created through the ubiquity of online shopping and online retail opportunities. The advantages of wide-reaching global payment systems allow for easier online buying, especially when taking the growth of mobile commerce into account. Other digital wallet services include Google Wallet as well as US-based Square, Lemon Wallet and LevelUp. Traditional payment providers MasterCard and Visa also offer digital wallets.
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Release date
January 2019
Region
Worldwide
Survey time period
Q1 2010 to Q4 2018
Supplementary notes
Figures from 2010 were taken from eBay's 2010 Q4 2010 release.
* All registered accounts that successfully sent or received at least one payment or payment reversal through the PayPal system or Bill Me Later accounts that are currently able to transact and that received a statement within the last 12 months.
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