Recently, Cash App added a feature that allowed users to load money at stores that support it. It was a game-changer for people who were looking for a way to add cash to their Cash App account directly without having to deposit the money in their bank account first.
An interesting part of the entire affair was how the paper money deposit option worked. You’ll generate a barcode from the Cash App on your phone, walk to the service desk at any supported store, show them the code, pay the amount for the cash deposit, and watch them deposit the money to your balance after scanning the code.
From the paragraph above, one thing is clear: you need to generate the Cash App barcode to load Money. However, a question the paragraph doesn’t answer is how you can generate this Cash App barcode to load money at various stores.
In this article, I’ll show you exactly how to do that. First, I’ll explain how the barcode works before showing you how to generate it to help you learn how to load paper money to your Cash App balance in no time.
What is the Cash App Barcode?
The Cash App barcode is a unique code that you can use to load money from any store.
And no, it’s not the same as the QR code for your profile that you can find by tapping on the QR code button on your profile page.
Instead, you can generate the barcode using a newly added option to Cash App that lets you add paper money to your account using a store as an intermediary. Some of the stores that offer the service include Dollar General, 7-Eleven, Walgreens, and the like.
You can’t use the code for anything else on your own unless you’re the one in charge of the service desk at any of the stores that offer the service. A random individual can’t send you money using the barcode, so it should be exclusive to when you’re adding money to your Cash App account at a store for now.
Also, Cash App makes it very explicit about its website that generating the barcode and having the cashier on the desk scan it is the only way to make a paper money deposit. If a cashier asks you to swipe your card to make a deposit, you should try to explain to them they have to scan the code, according to Cash App.
How to Generate Cash App Barcode to Load Money
The preceding section has dealt with almost any question you might have with the Cash App barcode, but with one glaring omission: how you can generate it. The omission was deliberate since I created this entire section to show you exactly how to do it.
The ability to deposit paper money to Cash App accounts came with the introduction of the Paper Money option on the app. Only when you have this option, can you access the function that lets you generate the barcode that makes it possible to deposit money by paying cash at a store?
The Paper Money option should be on the Banking tab, but it’s not uncommon for it to be missing. If the option is missing, you can update your app or verify your account to ensure it comes back. Applying for your Cash App card might also do the magic, but just keep trying everything until something works.
Once you have the Paper Money option on your Cash App account, you can follow the steps below to generate the Cash App barcode to load money.
- Head over to the banking tab on Cash App
As you may already expect, the new Paper Money option resides within the banking tab, which is expected. Once you sign in to your account, you can tap on that icon that looks like a home to head over to the banking tab on your Cash App account.
- Select “Paper Money” and generate the barcode
When you get to this tab, you should see Paper Money from the many options. Selecting Paper Money should bring up a couple of options that should facilitate the process of depositing paper money into your account.
One of the options here should be “Produce Barcode.” I probably don’t need to tell you that you can generate the code by selecting this option. When you get the code, you can show it to the cashier on the service desk of the supported stores to help you load your account.
It’s important to note there’s a $1,000 limit to deposits per rolling 7 days, and $4,000 per rolling 30 days. You cannot deposit more than $500 at a go, but transactions can also not be less than $5. There’s a wealth of information about this on Cash App’s website for you to consume.
Where Can I Use Cash App Barcode to Load Money?
Cash App has an official list of stores on its website that offer the service of loading money to a Cash App account by scanning the barcode. The list contains pretty much every store that offers such services in the US, so it’s not so surprising.
You can use the Cash App barcode to load money at Walgreens, Walmart, Dollar General, 7-Eleven, Family Dollar, Rite Aid, Speedway, StopNGo, and a host of other similar stores. Chances are that if you have a store beside you with a service desk, they do support loading Cash App accounts.
Gone are the days when you need money in your bank account to fund your Cash App account. Not anymore, as the Cash App barcode feature makes it possible to load money to your Cash App account after paying in cash.
While the service is not free, it’s very cheap and is a lot better than chatting up a random stranger that claims to offer cash loading service on the internet.
John Gurche was born in Los Angeles, California, and raised in Utah, England, New York, and Los Angeles again. He attended the University of California, Santa Barbara, earning his BA in 1969, and his Ph.D. in 1975. He is the author of 10 books, including: A History of Western Philosophy (with Stephen Toulmin), The Moral Landscape: How Science Can Determine Human Values, and The Liberal Imagination.