PayPal Checkout and how it works

Sep 03 2019 | PayPal editorial staff


If you want to give your customers a more seamless shopping and checkout experience, PayPal Checkout is for you. This option allows you to receive payments more securely while keeping shoppers on your website or mobile app without needing to jump to the PayPal checkout page to complete a purchaseA few clicks or taps is all that is needed from purchase to payment. You can even personalise the experience to make shopping more integrated with your brand 

What is PayPal Checkout? 
PayPal Checkout helps increase checkout conversion rates by allowing consumers the ability to bypass the tedious tasks of filling out their shipping, billing, and bank account information. A recent ComScore study reveals the increase to be up to 61%  47% higher than sites that didn't. Like Website Payments Standard, there are no monthly or setup fees. You only pay when a sale is made. 

How does PayPal Checkout work? 
When customers confirm their order, they pay via a pop-up PayPal checkout flow where they can choose to sign in to their account if they have one. Once they have reviewed and completed their purchases, they’ll be brought back to your page. You can also personalise the checkout process to keep consistent with the rest of their shopping experience. 

How do I get started? 
Before you start, you will need to activate your account. Once you’re done with this step, adding PayPal Checkout to your website is pretty simple.  

Step 1:  If you want to let your customers pay without a PayPal account, make sure you have the first option selected.

Step 2:  Choose how you want to integrate payment onto your website. 

If you already have a shopping cart in place, follow the steps from the provider’s guides to enable PayPal paymentPayPal is commonly pre-integrated with major shopping carts. Some of the partners we work with are featured below, with the full list in our directory. You can also try out a demo or check out our global community forums to see what others have done. 

Step 3: If you do not have a shopping cart, you can add the button directly onto your website. 

Adding the Express Checkout button to your website will require some knowledge on programming language. We have a guide for developers on how this can be done that also shows how you can customise the look to suit your style. If you want to make checking out even faster for your customers by skipping the shopping cart, simply add the button to your product pages.

That’s it! You’re done. If you haven’t, get PayPal Checkout for your website now.
The contents of this site are provided for informational purposes only. You should always obtain independent, professional accounting, financial, and legal advice before making any business decision.

Frequently asked questions.

Here's how to pay a payment request or invoice:
  1. Go to Activity.
  2. Locate the invoice or payment request, and click Pay.
  3. Review the information, and click Pay or Send Payment Now.
If you don’t have a PayPal account, you can click Pay Now in the payment request or invoice email we sent you, and follow the instructions to sign up for an account to complete the payment.

Learn more about paying online with PayPal in Hong Kong.
When you make a payment with your PayPal Hong Kong account, the money can come from your PayPal balance, and your debit or credit card with a Visa, Mastercard, American Express, or Discover logo.  Linking a credit or debit card to your PayPal account is easy and you can start shopping quickly. If cards aren't an option for you, you may top up your PayPal account from your bank account.

You can set up your preferred way to pay, such as a credit card linked to your PayPal account, and we'll use it every time when you shop online or send a payment for goods or services.

If you haven't selected any preferred way to pay, your available PayPal balance (earned through top-up or payments received from others) will be your default payment method. If you don't own any balance, we'll use another payment method linked to your account. If you have some balance but not enough to make the payment, we'll use the balance plus another available payment method.
PayPal is the safer, easier way to pay. You can use your credit card or bank account without exposing your account numbers. You can link your credit card or bank account to your PayPal account so you don't have to enter your card number or address everywhere you shop. Just log in to PayPal and quickly check out in a few clicks.

Accepting PayPal may attract more buyers, including new customers from different parts of the world where we offer our services. Buyers can be confident that they will be able to purchase from you without sharing their financial information. As a seller, you can trust that our advanced technologies will help make processing payments safer for you.

For more information, please visit PayPal's website for Hong Kong.

Goods and services – Purchase payments:
There’s no fee to use PayPal to purchase goods or services. However, if you are a merchant and receive payments for goods or services (such as from selling an item on eBay), a fee will be incurred. Learn more about the fees for getting paid.

International payments:
There is a fee when you receive a payment from someone in another country.

Withdrawing funds:
The withdrawal fee depends on where your bank account was opened. Learn more about the withdrawal fees for Hong Kong users.

For specific information on fees, please view the Fees section of our User Agreement.