PayPal Checkout and how it works
How to add seamless checkouts to your site for better sales conversion.
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 PayPal’s other payment solutions, 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 a PayPal overlay 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.
Before you start, you will need to activate your account. Once you’re done with this step, you can begin the process of adding PayPal Checkout to your website.
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 or check out our global 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.
That’s it! You’re done. Start creating the checkout experience you want for your business with PayPal Checkout now.
Frequently asked questions.
Go to PayPal.com and click on the flag at the bottom of the page. Click on your country's flag to see what services are available in your region.
PayPal.Me is a faster, easier way to get paid through PayPal. Just share your very own PayPal.Me link (paypal.me/YourName) with others, and they can send you money for any reason.
They don’t have to know your email address or mobile phone number, or even have the PayPal app. They can just tap on your link, go to your PayPal.Me, type in the amount, and send the money.
How do I create my own PayPal.Me link?
Just visit PayPal.Me to create your link. If you already have a PayPal account, log in and generate your link. If you don't, signup is fast and free.
You can also grab your link from the PayPal.Me Profile section in your account settings.
Is it free to set up?
It sure is! PayPal doesn't charge a fee to open a PayPal account or set up a PayPal.Me link.
What kind of PayPal account do I need?
PayPal.Me is open to all account types, however business accounts can only accept Goods and Services payments.
Is PayPal.Me available in my country?
We're adding new regions as fast as we can. Check back often to see if it's available in your country.
Can I use PayPal.Me on my mobile device?
Sure! Your PayPal.Me link is available on mobile (iPhone and Android), desktop, and tablet.
Need more information?
How do I set up my PayPal.me link?
How do I get paid with PayPal.Me?
How do I send money using PayPal.Me?
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How secure is PayPal.Me?
Your Preferred Payment Method is the funding source that will be used when paying with PayPal. You can check your preferred payment method in your Wallet. You can change your preferred payment method at any time.
Changing your preferred payment method on your PayPal account will not affect billing agreements, subscriptions, or recurring payments. You can update your payment preference on billing agreements, subscriptions, or recurring payments at any time in your account.
Here's how to change your preferred payment method:
- Click Money.  >
- Click Payment Preferences on the left side of the page.  >
- Choose a payment method and click Confirm.
If you don’t have enough money in your preferred payment method, we'll ask you to choose a different payment method at checkout.
To make sure you’re using the payment method you want, check the Review Your Payment page.
- Once a payment has been sent to another PayPal account, the funding source cannot be changed.
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