How to Add Money to Venmo: The Complete 2022 Guide

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So you‘ve started using Venmo and love how easy it makes splitting bills and reimbursing friends. But you‘re wondering – how exactly can I add money to my Venmo account?

Not to worry! You‘ve come to the right place.

In this comprehensive guide, I‘ll walk you step-by-step through the various ways to add money to Venmo quickly and easily. Whether you want to transfer from a bank account or load funds without one, I‘ve got you covered.

By the end, you‘ll be a pro at funding your Venmo wallet!

Let‘s get started.

Overview: How Does Adding Money to Venmo Work?

Before jumping into the step-by-step instructions, let‘s quickly go over the basics of how adding money works with Venmo:

  • You can transfer money from an eligible bank account linked to your Venmo profile. This uses Venmo‘s Instant Transfer feature.

  • If you don‘t have a bank account, you can still load funds using a debit card, credit card, or other payment method linked to your account.

  • Money transferred from banks takes 3-5 business days to fully process into your Venmo balance. Card payments are faster.

  • There are weekly limits in place for how much you can transfer or load. This is up to $4,999 per week.

  • You don‘t have to pre-load funds if you don‘t want to! You can always pay directly from your added banks/cards too.

Got it? Okay, let‘s get to the step-by-step tutorial!

Step 1: Meet the Requirements to Add Money

Before getting started, make sure your account meets Venmo‘s requirements:

  • You need an active Venmo account that‘s been fully verified with your personal information.

  • To transfer from banks, you must have the Venmo debit card issued by Mastercard.

  • Venmo may require extra information to confirm your bank account or card. This ensures security.

  • Your account needs to be in good standing without restrictions or holds.

As long as you meet these requirements, you‘re ready to add money! Let‘s go through the different options.

Step 2: Add Money from Your Bank Account

Linking a bank account is the best way to add money if you want to avoid fees and transfer instantly.

Here are the step-by-step instructions:

A. Add Your Bank Account

First, you need to link your bank account to your Venmo profile:

  1. Open the Venmo app and tap your profile icon.

  2. Select "Add Bank or Card".

  3. Enter your account and routing number. For quick verification, log into your bank account to connect it.

B. Go to "Manage Balance"

Once your bank is linked, go to the "Manage Balance" page in your app menu:

  1. Tap the ☰ menu icon.

  2. Choose "Manage Balance".

C. Tap "Add Money"

On the Manage Balance page, tap the green "Add Money" button:

Add Money button

D. Enter the Transfer Amount

Specify how much you want to transfer from your bank to your Venmo balance:

  1. Enter the dollar amount in the box.

  2. Add any notes if needed.

  3. Tap "Continue".

E. Review and Confirm Transfer

Carefully review all the details including amount and bank account. Then tap "Add Money" to complete the transfer.

And that‘s it – the money will now transfer from your bank to your Venmo wallet! Just give it 3-5 business days to fully process.

Step 3: Add Money Without a Bank Account

Don‘t have a linked bank account? You still have a couple great options to add money to Venmo:

A. Debit/Credit Card

Link any debit or credit card to your Venmo account, then use it to add funds or make payments:

  • Go to your profile, choose "Add Bank or Card" and enter your card info.

  • Make sure to note if your card issuer charges fees for transfers or payments.

B. Direct Deposit

Set up direct deposit by giving employers or other income sources your Venmo account details:

  1. Go to "Direct Deposit" in your Venmo profile.

  2. Tap "Show Account Number".

  3. Share the details to send payments straight to your balance.

C. Cash a Check

Use Venmo‘s check cashing feature to add funds from a physical check:

  1. Tap "Cash a Check" under Manage Balance.

  2. Enter the check amount and take photos of the front and back.

  3. The money will hit your balance within 1 business day once approved!

Step 4: Track Your Money Transfer

Once you submit a bank transfer, it‘ll show as pending on your feed. You‘ll see an estimated arrival date for the funds.

Within 3-5 business days, the transfer should complete and the money will be available in your Venmo balance. Easy!

If for some reason the transfer fails, you‘ll get an email notification. Reach out to Venmo support if you have any issues.

FAQs About Adding Money to Venmo

Now that you know how to do it, you probably have some other questions. Here are answers to the most common FAQs:

How long do transfers or deposits take to complete?

Bank account and debit card transfers take an estimated 3-5 business days. Credit cards, check cashing, and direct deposit are generally faster.

Can I cancel a transfer?

No, transfers cannot be canceled once initiated. You‘ll need to wait for them to complete.

What are the weekly limits?

You can add up to $4,999 per rolling 7 days from bank/debit accounts combined. No limits for credit cards.

Is it safe to add money to Venmo?

Yes it‘s safe! Venmo uses encryption and security measures to protect your info during transfers.

Why can‘t I add money from my bank?

If you‘re getting an error, make sure your account is fully set up and verified. You also need the Venmo debit card to transfer bank funds.

Do I have to add money to use Venmo?

Nope! You can send funds directly from any linked banks/cards without pre-loading your Venmo balance.

Best Practices for Adding Money

To make sure your money transfers go smoothly when adding funds to Venmo, follow these tips:

  • Accurately enter all your bank account and card numbers to avoid issues.

  • Transfer money a few days before you need it to allow time for funds to process.

  • Review weekly transfer limits and plan accordingly.

  • Enable text alerts to track when your money is available.

  • Contact Venmo support if your transfer fails or you experience problems.

The Bottom Line

Hopefully you now feel comfortable adding money to your Venmo account! Connecting your bank or cards is a quick process.

Remember, bank transfers can take a bit to fully complete. So give yourself enough lead time when funding your Venmo balance.

Thanks for reading! Let me know if you have any other Venmo questions.


Written by Alexis Kestler

A female web designer and programmer - Now is a 36-year IT professional with over 15 years of experience living in NorCal. I enjoy keeping my feet wet in the world of technology through reading, working, and researching topics that pique my interest.