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Signing up for an eBay account

To sign up for an eBay account all you need is your email address. Once your account is set up, you can buy, sell, and enjoy all the benefits of being an eBay member.

You'll be able to use My eBay to keep track of your buying and selling activity, send messages to other members, save your favorite searches and sellers, and watch up to 300 items you’re thinking about buying.

Sign up for an eBay account

Signing up for an eBay account is quick and easy. Use the button below to get started.

Sign up for an eBay account

You can also follow the instructions below to create your account:

How to sign up for an eBay account

Here's how to open an account:

  1. Go to the registration page - opens in new window or tab.
  2. Enter your name and email address.
  3. Choose a password.
  4. Select Register. (By selecting Register, you're agreeing to accept the terms of our User Agreement and User Privacy Notice.)

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Before you can start buying and selling, you’ll need to verify your account. We'll send you an email with instructions on how to do this.

Creating an eBay account using Facebook

If you have a Facebook account, you can use it to create an eBay account. Here’s how:

  1. On the Registration page - opens in new window or tab, select Continue with Facebook.
  2. Sign in to your Facebook account.
  3. Allow eBay to access your public profile and email address.
  4. Confirm the email address you want to use for your eBay account.
  5. Select Create account.

We'll use this information to create an account for you and send you an email to confirm account details. If an eBay account already exists with the email address you use for your Facebook account, you'll be prompted to enter your eBay password to link your accounts.

Creating an eBay account using Google

If you have a Google account, you can use it to create an eBay account. Here’s how:

  1. On the Registration page - opens in new window or tab, select Continue with Google.
  2. Sign in to your Google account.
  3. Allow eBay to access your public profile and email address.
  4. Confirm the email address you want to use for your eBay account.
  5. Select Create account.

We'll use this information to create an account for you and send you an email to confirm account details. If an eBay account already exists with the email address you use for your Google account, you'll be prompted to enter your eBay password to link your accounts.

Creating an eBay account using Apple

You can also use your Apple ID to create your eBay account. Here's how:

  1. Tap the Profile icon in the top right-hand corner.
  2. Tap Create an account.
  3. Tap Continue with Apple.
  4. Enter your Apple ID and then tap the arrow.
  5. Enter the password for your Apple account and then tap the arrow.
  6. Enter the 6-digit Apple verification code sent to your Apple device.
  7. Tap Continue.

If an eBay account already exists with the email address you use for your Apple ID, you’ll be prompted to enter your eBay password to link your accounts. You'll be given two options, Share my email or Hide my email. Choosing Share my email signs you in to your existing account and makes sign in, account recovery and account verification processes seamless. If you choose Hide my email, you'll have to create a new account using a private relay email address. You will need to provide a userID and password to create the new account.

Use the following steps if you ever need to find your private relay email used for eBay:

  1. On your iOs device, go to Settings > Apple ID > Password & Security. 
  2. Select Apps using Apple ID.
  3. Select eBay.
  4. Under HIDE MY EMAIL > This App received, you'll see your private relay email, ending in @privaterelay.appleid.com.

Linking your eBay account to your Facebook, Google, or Apple account

If you already have an eBay account, you can link it to your social accounts:

  1. Go to Sign in and security - opens in new window or tab.
  2. Go to Social Accounts and select Edit next to Facebook, Google, or Apple.
  3. Sign in to your eBay account.
  4. Select Continue with Facebook, Continue with Google, or Continue with Apple.
  5. You'll need to sign in to your social account with your email address or phone number and password, or your Apple ID.
  6. Select Continue.

Create a business account

If you're thinking about selling on eBay, you can choose between a personal or business account, depending on how much you're planning on selling.

If you plan to sell casually, like selling items you no longer want, a personal account is the best option. If you want to sell large quantities, or if you have items that you've made or bought to resell, register a business account.

If you want to register as a business, select Create a business account on the registration page. We'll ask for some additional details, like your business name, type, and address.

Changing from a personal account to a business account

If you've already registered with a personal account but would like to upgrade to a business account, here's how:

  1. Go to My eBay and select Account, then Personal information.
  2. Select Edit next to Account type. You may be asked to sign in again.
  3. On the Change Account Type page, select Business Account and then Confirm
  4. On the following page, enter your business information such as name, contact information, VAT number and returns policy, then select Save.

Please be aware that once you've upgraded your personal account to a business account, it won't be possible to revert back to a personal account.

Getting started on eBay

Once you've signed up for an eBay account, you can get started buying and selling on eBay. Check your inbox for a welcome email from us with some tips on getting the most out of your account, and you can find more information on mastering the basics by taking a look at the articles below. Welcome to eBay!

Opening a second eBay account

You can open more than one eBay account as long as you use different email addresses and usernames for each additional account.

All you need to do is sign out of the account you're currently using, go to the Registration page - opens in new window or tab, and follow the steps above to create a new account.

Be aware that you can't use more than one account for activity related to the same listing. For example, you can't bid on the same item from multiple accounts, or bid on an item you're selling from another account. You can find out more in our multiple accounts policy.

If you want to move an email address from one eBay account to another, you'll need to remove it from the first account and wait 60 days before you can add that email address to another eBay account. Learn how to change your email address.

To open an eBay account, you’ll need just your email address. To open a business account, you need a bit more information, including your business name, type of business, and address.

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