You start setting up your PayPal profile during the process of registering for a PayPal account. Open up your browser and type www.paypal.com into the Address Bar. The PayPal home page has multiple links that let you sign up for your free account. You can find one Sign Up link in the upper-right corner of the screen, and the other can be found in the middle of the screen.
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- Enter your phone number and agree to the terms. To read the terms, click the PayPal Here Agreement link, which includes the fees for using PayPal Here. You'll need to check the box next to 'I have read and agree to the PayPal Here Agreement' to agree to the terms.
- Payment Data Transfer (PDT) is a notification service that, once activated, can send transaction-related information immediately to merchants who are using PayPal payment buttons (PayPal Payments Standard). Merchants can display these transaction details on their website to confirm the buyer's payment was successful.
- Offer your customers PayPal as a payment method at checkout by connecting a PayPal Business account to your site. For common questions about accepting PayPal and what's supported in this integration, visit PayPal FAQ. You can also accept debit cards, credit cards, and Apple Pay, by connecting Stripe. You can connect both PayPal and Stripe.
- Go to PayPal Payment Buttons. Select a button type to create. The 'Buy Now' button is a great choice if you sell only one or a few items on your site. If you sell multiple items on your site, choose the 'Shopping Cart' button to let your customers add an item to their shopping cart.
Log in to your PayPal business account at www.paypal.com. Click the settings icon at the top of your PayPal account page and then click Profile and settings. Click My selling tools on the left side of the page, then at the bottom of the page, under the More selling tools heading, click the Encrypted payment settings link.
Opening a Personal account
You can open a Personal account in just a few steps; the entire process doesn’t usually take more than five minutes. Here’s how:
1. At the PayPal Account Sign Up page, make sure the Personal Account option is selected.
If you’re wondering what happened to the Premier account, just hang on. You have the option of upgrading a Personal account to a Premier account later on.
2. Select your country from the list and click the Continue button.
3. Start building a PayPal profile by filling in the fields shown on the Account Sign Up page.
The information you need to give PayPal includes
• Your first name, last name, and full address, including city, state, zip code, and country. PayPal requires a zip code for U.S. accounts, but may not require one if you create an International PayPal account.
• Your home telephone number for verification purposes; you have the option of entering a work number.
• Your e-mail address. You need to enter this twice so PayPal can ensure you didn’t mistype it the first time.
• A password to use with your PayPal account.
• This password must be at least eight characters long and is case-sensitive. (This means you need to pay attention to whether you use uppercase and/or lowercase characters when you create your password. PayPal won’t accept PASSWORD123 as a valid password if you typed password123 as your password when you created your account.) Just as you did when you entered your e-mail address, you need to type your password a second time. Picking a password that you don’t use with other accounts you may have is also important. If you pick your e-mail password to use as your PayPal password and your e-mail password is compromised, you may find someone making unauthorized use of your funds! It’s better to be safe and think up a unique password.
• You are asked to pick two questions from a list of four security questions. The answers you give to these questions are used to verify your identity if you lose or forget your password.
• Deciding whether you want to open a Personal or Premier account. The big advantage of having a Premier account is that you can accept credit card payments from people who don’t have or use a PayPal account.
• PayPal also asks you to indicate that you understand your rights with regard to the arbitration of claims as outlined in the Legal Disputes section of the User Agreement. A link is provided to the document, which describes how legal disputes should be handled in the event that there are problems between you and PayPal. As with any legal document, you should read the whole thing before signing and contact a lawyer if you’re unsure as to what the document means.
• You have one final security step to go through before the account opens. PayPal displays a sequence of characters in a box with a boxed background. You must type in the characters, exactly as shown, in a text box to the right of the sequence. This step is to prevent automated programs from trying to sign up for PayPal accounts. Although a program can fill out the fields on the Account Sign Up page, it can’t read the sequence and type it into the box.
• If you are visually impaired, you can still type the correct character sequence into the box, even if you can’t read the characters as shown against the background. Click the Help link displayed at the end of the “Security Measure” paragraph to open the PayPal Registration Security Help page. At the end of the page is a listen to the security characters link. Click the link to hear an audio clip that says the characters aloud. You can then type the characters into the box correctly to finish the registration process. In the case of these security characters, it doesn’t matter whether you type in the letters as uppercase or lowercase, as long as you get the letters and numbers in the correct sequence.
4. Click the Sign Up link at the bottom of the page to submit your registration information.
After filling out the registration form, you’re taken to a page that tells you the process is almost complete except for the confirmation of your e-mail address. After you click the Sign Up link from the previous screen, PayPal sends you an e-mail.
5. Open your e-mail program and look for an e-mail from PayPal.
If your e-mail inbox is anything like mine, you have to search hard to find the PayPal e-mail amidst all the spam. Look for an e-mail from [email protected] with a subject heading of “Activate Your PayPal Account!”
6. Click the Click here to activate your account link, which can be found in the body of the e-mail. (Alternatively, you can copy the link and paste it into the address bar of your browser.)
Clicking the link takes you to a page where you are prompted to enter the password you designated when you registered for the account.
7. Type your password and click the Confirm button.
Congratulations! You just opened your PayPal account.
Updating your profile
After you open a PayPal account, keeping your user profile up-to-date is very important. To update your profile, log on to your account and click the Profile link under the My Account tab. You have the option of updating any of the following:
- Account Information: You can update your basic contact information (e-mail, address, password, time zone, and so on).
- Financial Information: You can change the credit cards or bank accounts associated with your PayPal account, set up online bill paying, see your account balances, redeem gift certificates, and more. The options that are available are dependent upon the type of account that you have.
- Selling Preferences: Here you can set up preferences for setting up auctions, registering your Web site as a PayPal shop, setting shipping preferences, setting up invoice templates, and so on. The options available depend upon the type of PayPal account you have.
When you set up your Shopify store, Shopify creates a PayPal Express Checkout account for the email address you used to set up your store. If you already have a PayPal account with that email address, then you receive payments from orders made with PayPal right away. If you want to issue refunds or manually capture payments, then you need to finish setting up your PayPal account. To use PayPal on your store, you should upgrade your personal account to a business account. Most functions and tools provided by PayPal for business owners are only available when using a business account.
If you don't have a PayPal business account with the email address you used to set up your store, then you can add your email address to an existing PayPal account or sign up for a new PayPal business account with the same email address you used to set up your store.
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If you need help setting up PayPal Express Checkout, then you can hire a Shopify expert.
Finish setting up your PayPal account
If you want to issue refunds or manually capture payments using PayPal, then you need to give Shopify permissions from your PayPal business account.
- From your Shopify admin, go to Settings > Payments.
- From the Shopify app, go to Store > Settings.
- Under Store settings, tap Payments.
- From the Shopify app, go to Store > Settings.
- Under Store settings, tap Payments.
In the PayPal section, click Deactivate.
Click Deactivate again to confirm.
In the PayPal section, select your PayPal account type.
Enter the email address for your PayPal account, then click Next:
Enter the password for your PayPal account, then click Log In:
If you've used another PayPal account recently, the email for that account might already be filled in. Make sure you're using the email for the account you want to connect to your store.
On the PayPal permissions page, click I Give Permission.
If your account is already set up, then you don't see the permissions page.
On the PayPal confirmation page, click Go back to Shopify.
Make a test transaction to make sure everything is set up properly.
PayPal's shipping and billing addresses
PayPal fills out the billing address fields with the customer’s shipping address. The customer can edit the information by clicking Change...
This is how PayPal works and it cannot be modified. Shopify can send only a single address to PayPal. For normal PayPal payments (as opposed to credit card payments) this address must be the shipping address, because PayPal already has the billing address. There is no way for Shopify to know ahead of time whether the customer has a PayPal account. As a result, Shopify can't send the billing address, such as when the customer is paying with a credit card instead.
Let customers pay without a PayPal account
With PayPal Express, the default is set to ask customers to log in to PayPal (or create a PayPal Account. You can enable guest payments to let customers pay with their credit card even if they don't have their own PayPal account. To enable this feature, you need to have linked your own credit card to your PayPal business account.
To enable guest payments, you need to change the settings in your PayPal account settings. Learn more about enabling guest payments at PayPal.
In some countries and regions, PayPal requires that customers pay by using a PayPal account. To confirm whether this applies to the country where your business is located, contact the PayPal support team.
Require phone numbers for PayPal Express checkout orders
If you depend on having your customers' contact information and use PayPal Express, then you might have noticed that the Shopify order details page does not contain the phone number. To add the phone number field to your checkout, contact PayPal support.
If your store is on a trial plan, you need to launch your store before you can make a test transaction. Your trial end date does not change.
You can test the credit card processing ability by creating a test product and purchasing it from your own store using a different PayPal account than the one set up to receive payments on your store.
There are a few common errors that can occur when using PayPal with Shopify:
Unable to complete activation
To activate Paypal, your store's country must match the one set for your Paypal account. You can update your store's country from the General Settings in Shopify.
Your PayPal account is not a business account
To use PayPal on your store, the PayPal account needs to be a business account. You can learn how to upgrade to a business account on the PayPal site.
Payment has already been made for this InvoiceID
This error occurs when you use the same PayPal account on multiple Shopify stores. PayPal reads the order ID as a duplicate and does not process the transaction.
To resolve this error, you must change your order ID format by adding a prefix or a suffix to your order IDs.
Error from gateway: Too many requests for operation
This error occurs when too many request have been sent to PayPal in a short period of time. PayPal mistakes this for a type of spam attack.
Your account is temporarily suspended for 24 hours. You can contact PayPal to resolve this issue.
Invalid Vendor Account (PayFlow Pro)
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If you are setting up PayPal and you get the message 'Invalid Vendor Account' this is probably because you didn't enter all the necessary credentials.
You need to generate Payflow credentials in your PayPal account and enter those in the Payment providers page in your Shopify admin. The Vendor/Merchant Login, User, and Password are mandatory. Rom files n64.
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This error might mean that the connection between Paypal and Shopify isn't working. You need to sign in to your PayPal account to give Shopify access.
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You need to deactivate and then reactivate PayPal in your Payment providers settings. If you receive any orders while the connection isn't working, then you aren't able to refund those orders through Shopify. To refund orders placed before reactivation, refund the payment from your PayPal account.