What is MAE by Maybank? Review of Maybank’s digital wallet in Malaysia

Hannes Ausmees

MAE¹ is Maybank’s digital wallet, which can be downloaded easily to help you organise your finances, send and receive payments, and spend at home and abroad. Having a digital wallet can make it far easier to keep on top of your money, and may even cut your costs.

This guide covers all you need to know about MAE - and as a bonus we’ll also look at how Wise can be used alongside MAE, to help you save when you travel and spend internationally.

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What is MAE by Maybank2u and what are the benefits?

MAE is the e-wallet offered by Maybank through their online banking service, Maybank2u². You can get MAE as an existing Maybank customer, but you can also download the app without having a Maybank account, to add funds and access the features offered, including:

  • MAE account - Get an MAE account even if you’re not a Maybank customer, to access all the MAE and Maybank2u features you need. If you decide you want to upgrade to a full Maybank account you can also easily do that by simply adding a few extra details and showing your ID in a Maybank branch
  • MAE debit card³ - Once you register for an MAE e-wallet, you’ll be able to get an instant virtual card for online and mobile spending, plus a physical MAE debit card for in person payments and withdrawals
  • Tabung⁴ - save towards your goals individually or in a group of up to 5 people, with options to boost your savings by adding cashback to your total
  • Maybank Home2u - arrange home financing from within the MAE app
  • Expenses - automatically track and categorise all your spending, so you can easily budget and do more with your money
  • Sama-Sama Lokal - support local businesses by ordering through Sama-Sama Lokal, and paying with MAE
  • Scan & Pay - spend easily with mobile payments using scan & pay, right from the MAE app
  • Shopping and promotions - get access to a whole host of cashback, promotions and prizes, whenever you sue your MAE account

MAE vs Maybank2u - what is the difference between M2U and MAE?

Maybank2u is the Maybank online banking service. In the old version of the Maybank app, there was a MAE account option. However, there’s also now a whole MAE app which makes all the functions offered to preexisting MAE customers available to anyone. If you want, you can also keep the old Maybank2u app - but Maybank does recommend getting set up with the new MAE app to make sure you don’t miss out on new features.

Maybank MAE account

With MAE you’ll be able to access a range of Maybank2u features, including the options to view and check all your banking details, send payments to bank accounts using just a mobile number, pay bills and top up your phone online. With the Maybank scan and pay feature, you’ll also be able to pay using your phone at over 450,000 merchants, simply by scanning a QR code.

MAE Visa debit card

When you register a MAE account, you’ll be able to get instant access to a virtual debit card which can be used online and for mobile purchases. You can also apply for a physical MAE debit card, for a fee of 8 MYR⁵. There’s an ongoing 8 MYR/year fee to pay, but your card can be used at home and abroad, with access to preferential exchange rates from Maybank.

Learn more about MAE debit card here.

Money transfers in MAE app

With MAE you can send transfers funded from your linked bank account or balance. You can send money to a bank account held in your own name, or to someone else, make a DuitNow payment using a phone number, or split a bill⁶. There are limits to the amount of money you can send, and there may be a small fee to pay, depending on the transfer type.

It’s also good to know that you can only send money with MAE in Malaysian ringgit - if you’re looking to make a payment to someone overseas, you’ll need a more international account. We’ve got more on that coming right up.

MAE fees

There’s no charge to download the MAE app or to set up an account. In general, payments and transfers are free - but there are a couple of costs to watch out for:

TransactionMAE fee
Debit card annual fee8 MYR
Replacement card fee12 MYR
Over the counter top up fee5 MYR
Duplicate statement fee10 MYR - 20 MYR + 1 MYR per page
Send transfersNo fee for standard transfers to a bank account DuitNow transfers over 5,000 MYR in value have a 0.5 MYR fee

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Get a free Wise account online or in the Wise app, to send, spend and receive foreign currencies easily and with the mid-market exchange rate.

Hold 40+ currencies in your Wise account, and get account details for 10 currencies (including MYR), so you can get paid easily from around the world. You can also apply for a linked debit card which makes it easy to spend and withdraw in 160+ countries - with a transparent exchange rate that may beat what Maybank offers.

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How to use Maybank MAE in Malaysia

You can use MAE from Maybank any time you need to make a payment - either in person with your MAE card, online with your virtual card, or by sending a MYR transfer. You can use your MAE card to spend in foreign currencies, but your account can only hold and transact in MYR, so your funds will be converted using the Maybank exchange rate every time you need to make a payment in a foreign currency.

How to register for MAE without a Maybank account?

Let’s get into the detail of how to register MAE without a Maybank account. The process is refreshingly simple - and if you’re a new Maybank customer you’ll also be able to step up to a full Maybank account at a later stage if you’d like to. Here’s how to get started with MAE:

  1. Download the MAE app
  2. Select Apply for a MAE account
  3. Enter your name and phone number
  4. Upload a photo of your ID document
  5. Create a Maybank ID - your username and password for MAE
  6. You’re done!

If you decide to step up to a full Maybank account, you’ll be able to start the process in the MAE app before going to a branch to show your ID for verification.

How to top up your MAE account

The easiest way to top up your MAE wallet is via the app directly. All you’ll need to do is log in, and select the option to add money. You’ll then be prompted to pick the linked account you want to transfer funds from, and to enter the amount. Depending on your situation, you may also be able to add funds via a Maybank ATM or a Maybank Smart Recycler Machine (SRM).

Frequently asked questions

What is Maybank’s MAE transfer limit and how to change it?

If you make a MAE transfer via a current or savings account you’ll be able to send up to 50,000 MYR per day, depending on your account settings. If you’re sending a payment via MAE you’ll be capped at 4,999 MYR per transaction, 5,000 MYR a month and 60,000 MYR a year. With the MAE Visa debit card the limits are 10,000 MYR per transfer, up to 120,000 MYR a year. Depending on your account type you may be able to alter your account limits in the MAE app.

How do I transfer money from MAE to my Maybank account?

Once you have MAE up and running you can easily make transfers to any account held in your own name - or you can send a payment to someone else if you need to. Just log into the app, enter the account details, and confirm. You’ll also be able to mark certain recipient accounts as favourites so you don’t need to enter the same details twice.

How do I download a bank statement on MAE?

You can download statements with MAE, although you’ll need to make sure you’ve read through and agreed to the Maybank terms and conditions first. Here’s how to get your statement once you’re all set up⁷:

  1. Go to Statement Summary
  2. Select Download/Print
  3. Your statement will be displayed as a PDF
  4. You can now print or save the statement


Maybank’s MAE e-wallet can make it easier to manage your money, with handy tools for budgeting, spending, sending and requesting payments. You can even use your MAE account to get promotional offers, cash back and discounts. With your account you can get a linked virtual or physical MAE debit card, which can be used for local and international spending and withdrawals - although your account can only hold MYR so your funds will be converted using the Maybank exchange rate every time you use your card overseas.

If you’re a frequent traveller or love to shop with international retailers online, you might find you can get a better exchange rate, and lower overall fees, with Wise. Open a Wise account to use alongside MAE, to hold and exchange 40+ currencies, and spend in 170+ countries around the world.

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  1. MAE Maybank2u
  2. MAE product disclosure
  3. MAE card
  4. MAE tabung
  5. MAE debit card FAQ
  6. MAE FAQ
  7. Maybank - download statement
  8. This list is for information purposes only and is not meant to be a comprehensive list of all of the items that Wise may request to verify a customer's identity.

Sources checked on 06/04/2023

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