Exploring PayPal payment integrations and fees

Because of PayPal's global availability, it's one of the most commonly used payment providers on the Shopify platform. Shopify supports the following PayPal payment integrations:

  • PayPal Express Checkout
  • PayPal Payflow Pro
  • PayPal Wallet (only available in France)
  • Venmo

PayPal Express Checkout

It's recommended that you use PayPal Express over PayPal Standard, as PayPal Standard is discontinued and will eventually lose support on Shopify. PayPal Express offers enhanced reliability by eliminating the need for PayPal to send Instant Payment Notifications (IPNs) to Shopify. This reduces the risk of lost notifications that could delay order processing on the Shopify side.

Key features of PayPal Express Checkout

Consider the following features of PayPal Express Checkout:

  • Detailed order summary: PayPal Express Checkout provides a detailed order summary with descriptions for all line items.
  • Automated order cancellations: When an order is canceled on Shopify, the refund process is automated, eliminating the need for manual refunds through your PayPal account.
  • Accelerated onboarding: You can start accepting payments immediately without requiring a PayPal account. Registration can be completed later after receiving payments from customers.
  • One-click checkout button: PayPal Express Checkout includes a one-click accelerated checkout button, allowing customers to log in to their PayPal accounts and make payments without entering any address details. Learn more about accelerated checkouts.

Venmo integration

Venmo is an online money-transfer service that allows customers in the United States to make payments directly from the Venmo app on their mobile devices. If you're a merchant in the United States, and have PayPal Express Checkout activated in your checkout, then Venmo displays as an accelerated payment option on your store. Learn more about accelerated checkouts.

Only customers in the United States who have the Venmo app installed on their mobile device are eligible to use Venmo in your checkout.

Understanding fees and transaction exclusions with PayPal payment providers

Fees and exclusions

When using PayPal payment providers, additional fees might apply. For detailed information on fee structures and account options, review PayPal's account options.

Third-party transaction fees

Third-party transaction fees apply on all third-party and alternate payment gateways, even when Shopify Payments is activated. However, if you have Shopify Payments activated, then PayPal and manual payments are excluded from third-party transaction fees. Learn more about third-party transaction fees.

Exemptions of third-party transaction fees for Shopify Plus

Shopify Plus merchants who use Shopify Payments as their primary gateway will have their third-party transaction fees waived for all other payment methods used, including all PayPal integrations.

Using PayPal for Shopify bills

Depending on your store's location, you might have the option to use PayPal to pay your Shopify bills. This payment method isn't available in the United States or India. For more information, refer to the billing FAQ and managing your billing information.

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