PayPal Checkout and how it works

Mar 19 2020 | PayPal editorial staff

Learn more about what PayPal Checkout is and how it works.
If you want to give your customers a shopping experience that is smooth and uninterrupted, PayPal Checkout is for you. This add-on allows you to receive payments securely from India while keeping shoppers on your website or mobile app throughout the process. A few clicks or taps is all that is needed from purchase to payment. You can even customise the experience to make it more seamless.  

What is PayPal Checkout? 
PayPal Checkout integrates the checkout process onto your website to make payment quicker and easier for your customers. They have the option to pay using a preferred debit or credit card, or sign into their PayPal account to skip typing in their billing and shipping information. Like Website Payment 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 are directed to PayPal where they choose to sign in to their account if they have one. Once they review and complete their purchases, they’ll be brought back to your page. You can also customise the checkout process to ensure the shopping experience feels smooth and uninterrupted.  



How do I get started? 
Before you start, you will need to verify your account through the KYC procedure, and also activate your account. Once you’re done with both of these steps, adding Express 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 integration guides. 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 into your website. 

Adding the PayPal Checkout button to your website will require some knowledge of API integration 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.

PayPal offers various payment solutions to power up any business, whether you have a website or not.

Here are a few payment solutions we offer in India:
  • Website Payments Standard: You can simply copy and paste our payment button code to your website to start receiving payments. It is mobile-optimised, and can be added onto an existing shopping cart to offer your customers secure transactions.
  • PayPal Checkout: An API-based solution that allows you to personalise your customer’s checkout experience from start to completion. However, if you don’t have an eCommerce solution or a shopping cart already installed, you’ll need some knowledge of API programming to install PayPal Checkout on your website.
  • Invoicing: You can bill your customer directly without setting up your own website.
All these payment solutions have no setup or monthly fees, and the transactions eligible for our Seller and Buyer Protection policies are safeguarded by PayPal. You’re only charged a fee when receiving a payment.

Find out the payment solution that suits your business the best, and learn more about your next steps.

For technical support on implementing the payment solutions, please visit our dedicated Merchant Integration Tech Support Community and PayPal Developer Centre.

Note: To enhance your account safety and remove initial account limits, please confirm your email address and complete identity confirmation.

Watch this video to see how you can get PayPal on your website easily with PayPal Checkout.
The PayPal Developer Portal offers support for developers who have questions about technical topics, such as APIs or integration. Below is a list of common topics searched for by developers. You can also browse and search on the Developer Portal for additional topics.

Account Authentication
Information about validating your visitor's PayPal account.

Adaptive Accounts
Use the Adaptive Accounts API to build applications that create and manage PayPal accounts.

Adaptive Payments API
Use the Adaptive Payments API to pay almost anyone and set up automated payments.

Digital Goods
Whether you're a game developer selling virtual goods and currencies or a media developer selling news content, video, blogs, music or any other premium digital media our new solution, PayPal for Digital Goods is the optimal solution for selling digital content.

Encrypted Website Payments
To make online payments more secure, you can make Encrypted Website Payment buttons that rely on standard public key encryption for protection.

Express Checkout API
Express Checkout allows merchants and developers to minimize the number of steps customers complete when they checkout.

Identity API
PayPal offers a secure commerce Identity API that lets your customers sign in to your web site using their PayPal credentials.

Instant Payment Notification
Instant Payment Notification is a message service that automatically notifies merchants of events related to PayPal transactions.

Invoicing
Merchants, developers, and business solution providers use Invoicing APIs to automate the creation, delivery, tracking, and reconciliation of invoices with an integrated payments solution.

Mobile Express Checkout
Mobile Express Checkout allows merchants to simplify checkout for customers using mobile devices, including iPhone®, iPad®, Android devices, Blackberry, and Windows Phone 7.

Name-Value Pair (NVP) API
Information and support on name value pairs and NVP SDKs.

Payflow Gateway
Payflow Pro is a high performance TCP/IP-based client-server architecture solution. It includes a secure payment gateway that gives merchants total control over the payment process.

PayPal Sandbox Support
Information and support for users testing in the PayPal Sandbox environment.

PayPal Shopping Cart
The PayPal Shopping Cart system allows buyers to select multiple items on your website and pay for them with a single payment.

Permissions Service API
PayPal's permissions service enables you to request and obtain authorization to make API calls and take action on behalf of your customers.

SOAP
The PayPal SOAP API is based on open standards known collectively as web services, which include the Simple Object Access Protocol (SOAP), Web Services Definition Language (WSDL), and the XML Schema Definition language (XSD).

Testing Your Apps in Sandbox
A guide for developers testing their apps in the PayPal Sandbox environment.

Virtual Terminal
Information about PayPal's Virtual Terminal - a web-based application that processes credit and debit cards, replacing swipe machines.

Website Payments Pro
PayPal's Website Payments Pro is an API-based solution that enables merchants and developers to accept credit cards, debit cards, and PayPal payments directly on their website.
You can add a debit or credit card, and send payments for your purchases to the recipient's email address or via PayPal.Me. (Note: Personal payments to friends and family isn't supported in your PayPal India account.)


Pay using recipient's email address
  1. Go to Send payments.
  2. Click Pay for goods or services.
  3. Enter the recipient's email address, and click Next.
  4. Enter the amount you want to send, select the currency, and add a message to your recipient (optional).
  5. Select your shipping address, and click Continue.
  6. Review your payment information and click Send Payments Now.
On the payment page, your payment will be set in the default currency of your recipient’s country or region. If you have an agreement with the recipient, you’re able to change it to other currency. 

After the payment is sent, your recipient will receive a notification email. If they don’t have a PayPal account, they can follow the instructions in the email to sign up for an account and accept your payment.


Pay with PayPal.Me

You can also try PayPal.Me, our new, hassle-free way to pay and get paid. If the person you're paying has a PayPal.Me link, they can share the link with you and let you pay them easily through PayPal. Learn more about how PayPal.Me works.


Useful tip: Preferred way to pay

You can select a debit or credit card as your preferred funding source, and we'll use it when you shop online or send a payment for goods or services.

To set your preference:

  1. Go to Money.
  2. Click Payment preferences.
  3. Select your preferred card, and click Confirm.
Watch this video to see how to shop online and check out with your PayPal account.

 
When you make a payment through PayPal, we’ll fund it with the credit or debit card that you've linked to your PayPal account. Learn more about how to link a card.

If you have multiple cards linked to your PayPal account, you can select one of them as your preferred way to pay, and we'll use it every time when you shop online or send a payment for goods or services.

To set your preference:
  1. Go to Money.
  2. Click Payment preferences.
  3. Select your preferred card, and click Confirm.
Whether you’ve set any preference or not, you can always change again how you want to pay for a transaction during checkout. Simply click Change payment method on the payment page.
The contents of this site are provided for informational purposes only. The information in this article does not constitute legal, financial, IT, business or investment advice of any kind and is not a substitute for any professional advice. You should always obtain independent, professional accounting, financial, IT and legal advice before making any business decision.