How to turn your steem dollars into those real, sweet sweet dollars using PayPal, in like 30 minutes, step by step with pics

in steemit •  2 years ago

I figured I would create a short step by step for other steemians (I still like steempunks better, but I'll concede) who may be experiencing frustration in how to access their Steem or Steem Dollars and convert it to real money they can use...getting that sweet sweet coinage from their wallet to their hands!

Before you go withdrawing all your Steem Dollars or Steem, keep in mind, you do earn 10% interest while it's in your wallet, so it actually benefits you to leave it in your wallet if you can.  

But you may be, like me, in a situation where you need access to funds, or just want access to your funds so you can keep doing what you do, creating content and curating like a boss.

At the end of this How To I'll also show you how you can get almost instant (within 30 min) USABLE/SPENDABLE REAL WORLD money from your Steem or Steem's a little Bonus Section at the end.

Let's begin!

Here's what you'll need, at least what I have:

1. CoinBase account --> it needs to be verified (that process takes like 5 min...reply if you want me to do a How To on this whole coinbase setup thing and I will)

2. PayPal account --> address and personal info within PayPal must match exactly, info in CoinBase

And of course you'll need your Steemit account!


I'm showing you how to do this using Bitcoin as the exchange currency, but you can use Ethereum if you want and are only transferring STEEM DOLLARS out...STEEM can only be transferred to BTC (Bitcoin).

The process is super simple.  You are going to convert and simultaneously deposit your STEEM or STEEM DOLLARS into Bitcoin (BTC), into your CoinBase account.  From CoinBase you can then "withdraw" your BTC into PayPal for easy/instant access.

Before you can do this however, you do need to follow the Verification procedure at CoinBase, which involves holding your Drivers License or ID next to your face for a little smile-for-the-camera moment, they then process all that and within minutes verify you as real.  

AFTER you verify your CoinBase account, you can then setup PayPal as a Payment Method within CoinBase, under Settings, Payment Methods and clicking Add Payment Method...then selecting PayPal.

(see image below)

Remember:  Your address and personal info (name) inside your PayPal Account MUST match your personal & verified information within CoinBase.

Once that PayPal account is added as a Payment Method, You're all Set!!!  (if you need help setting up a coinbase account and doing all these steps, let me know and I will make a how-to on it.)


You'll have 3 different tabs or windows open in your browser for this process.  Keep them all open the entire time as you'll be going back and forth between them.

Step 1

Go to your Steemit Wallet and praise the whales for their upvotes (I like the prayer "dear whale overlords, who watch over our posts at night, we praise you for these blessed votes you have bestowed upon us, amen." sacrileg intended)

Click the little down arrow next to Steem Dollars OR Steem (either can be transferred out) and select click Transfer

In the image below, I'm transferring from STEEM...but again, either STEEM or STEEM DOLLARS can be Transferred out the EXACT same way  

(see image below)

Once you click Transfer, you'll see the following screen, choose how much you want to "withdraw", your Transfer amount to send into Bitcoin within CoinBase 

(if you don't see the following screen, it means you didn't pray hard enough)

Step 2

In another tab or window, visit which is a site Steemit and many others use to perform an are going to exchange your STEEM or STEEM DOLLARS to Bitcoin (BTC) and simultaneously Deposit that BTC into your account...where you'll be able to access it.

You should see the following screen

(see the image below)

Step 3

Choose either Steem or Steem Dollars from the left-top dropdown (depending on which one you're transferring out, for this example I'm doing Steem) then from the right drop down choose Bitcoin...

(see the image below)

Step 4

Now you need your Bitcoin Receive Address.  

In another window or tab (leave the screen open from step 3), simply login to your CoinBase account 

On the left under Accounts click "BTC Wallet", then click "Wallet address" in the upper right, just under your name. 

(see the image below)

Step 5

You'll see the following screen, with your unique address, highlight/copy the ENTIRE address shown

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Step 6

Click over to the tab or window where you have BlockTrades open, and paste that address in the required field at the bottom titled "Your Bitcoin receive address"...

...then click "Get a new Deposit Address"

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NOTE: Disregard the amounts in "To receive" and "If you send" fields, unless you want to know that's not required to get the Deposit Address you need.

Step 7

If all went well and the Whale Gods are smiling on you, you'll see something like the image below...copy the "memo" portion....then go back over at the tab/window where you have Steemit open and paste it into the Transfer window field called Memo.  

Then, either type or copy/paste the account name "blocktrades" (without the quotes) into the Steemit Transfer window field called "To"

The following two images show you...

(see the following two images)

First copy your memo at BlockTrades:

Now paste it in your Transfer to Account window at Steemit and enter "blocktrades" as the To address.

Your final screen should look like the following, (with whatever amount you want to send in either Steem or Steem Dollars)....then click Transfer:

Step 8

After you click Transfer, you will be prompted to Authenticate the transaction by logging in with your primary account password.  Sign In and the transaction will commence!  (the screen will simply return to your steemit wallet, that means it's working)

Step 9

Now, jump over to your CoinBase window/tab and refresh your screen, navigate to your BTC Wallet if you aren't there, and you should see a pending transaction incoming.  You'll need to wait until the transaction is complete before proceeding...Usually takes under 30 min.

You can check the status by simply clicking on "BTC Wallet" in the left of the screen periodically to refresh the wallet view within CoinBase.

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Step 10

Once the transaction is finished, within CoinBase click "Trade" on the top left, and then click "Sell" in the upper center of the window that displays.  You should see the following.

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If you setup your PayPal account as a Payment Method, it will appear and you can select it.  

Step 11

Now, enter the amount you want to "withdraw" in Bitcoin, and click "Sell now with Paypal"

(see the image below)

Step 12

Check that everything looks good, and if it does, click "Confirm Sell"

(see the image below)


If all went well, you should see that money in your Paypal within minutes...or seconds!

That's it!  

Super straight forward, but sort of complex and easy to get lost without a guide.

I'd love to hear your feedback and if you want more little tutorials like this one, let me know!  I may be a poet, but I'm also super good at technical and figuring things out.


Okay, like I said, I would also show you how to use your PayPal money everywhere you go.  It's super simple.  

Get a PayPal Debit Card!  YES, they have one.  It's a MasterCard and allows you to use your PayPal funds like it were a bank account.

To get one:

Step 1

Upgrade your PayPal Personal Account to a PayPal Business Account...unless it is one already

Step 2

Login to your PayPal Business Account after it's upgraded and under the "Tools" menu item, click "Business Setup"

(see image below)

Step 3

At the next screen, click "Account Setup" and then scroll down and click "Get the PayPal Business Debit MasterCard"

(see image below)

Simply follow the steps to order your card!  

Within, usually a couple days or weeks at worst, you'll receive a nice shiny new MasterCard that will be directly linked to your PayPal account...meaning...


 cue "tada" sound


Hope you enjoyed this tutorial!  And hope it helps you navigate the sometimes overwhelmingly confusing world of digital currency and exchanges and yeah.

Cheers and Namaste!

John Oliver

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Thank You, Thank You, Thank You!!! This is exactly the information I needed. I'm not making any bug time money as of yet but I have been trying to siphon though the "how to" on this exact topic and here it is...with pictures!!!
I'mmmm just gonna click that little follow button so I can find this

Thanks for withdrawal tutorial. I am new to crypto world. I would like to ask, what about the reverse? I have been looking for this answer. Hope you can help. Thanks.


Hi @jjchic! I could do a tutorial on the reverse process for sure! Give me a couple days, after I get the coinbase tutorial published I'll do one on sending money easily into your steem, or Bitcoin or whatev. Thanks!

A nice detailed write up! Well done.


Thank you 🙏

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I am now your follower.
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Hahahahha! Yus. And a royal cat at that.

I clicked, read and upvoted this mostly because of your elite chat skills while you're drunk on wine lol


Yay!! <3 and a cheers to you @jedau :)


aha! senpai noticed me!

This is a very handy and well written informative article, nice job!
It amazes me how many different ways there are to do this, I've never used any link in this chain and I'm already spending my last Coffee post :P


Righto @bobdownlov ! Thanks for the props and vote 🙏

I second bobdownlove, thanks for the valuable step by step guide to getting to the money. Please keep the guides coming and if possible notify me whenever you publish a new one. Thanks!


You're so welcome! I will indeed, one more guide on this subject coming with some post art by the very talented @klye 🤘😌

Hi John
Great article. You helped me make the connection between how I could be part of this site and bring the value into the real world.


So glad I could help Patti! :)

Up-vote for "steempunks" :-)

@abarefootpoet this post is money (figuratively and literally haha) as I prefer Paypal. A coinbase instructional post would help me. Anyone else out there want coinbase instructions?


Awesome! I'll make it straight away @scaredycatguide...well I'll get it up by tomorrow 😊👍 thanks!!

Brilliant! Thank you very much :)

Hi thanks for this explanation. I have a question: What fee does coinbase charge to transfer the money to paypal? Location is Canada

For some reason it doesn't send me the sms code, been trying for over two hours

Is this still up todate? Can you direct me to some newer information on transfering if this is old information. Just want to make sure I am doing the right thing for my first transfer. It is very hard to find something about it that is current that breaks it down for a noob. This is the best tut that I have found and I just want to make sure it is still working for you @abarefootpoet...?

I did 2 transfers, the first went through seamlessly, but the second has reported that it's "UNCONFIRMED" and the money is nowhere to be found (probably swallowed up by the whale gods) ....but I'm sad 'cause it was my work. It just says UNCONFIRMED TRANSACTION . Is there a way for me to retrieve the transaction / money? thanks

Very good, thanks for the details ☺

I noticed that this post is from last year (aug.15.2017 today). Has the procedure changed at all? How about for those of us not living in the USA? Would this procedure still work? Not sure if Paypal has the same benefits and features in other countries' currencies (???) Anyone? Thanks for posting.

This was very Helpful !!!

John! This is so clear that even I, being as naive to the crypto side of things, can understand! Now, I have no big bucks to withdraw but I know this post will help others who find themselves with excess. This should be on the front page or linked on the side bar forever!


Thanks so much @reneenouveau! I'm so glad it came across as clear and helpful as I intended 🙏😌 so appreciate your comment!

Thanks for the detailed tutorial! Was clear and very well explained. Thanks so much for sharing! I've upvoted and re-steeming :)