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How to Add PayPal to Your Shopify Store in 4 Easy Steps

Boost your conversions by integrating PayPal into your Shopify store. Simple steps in our handy guide!

Elijah Adebayo - Writer for KeepShoppers
By Elijah Adebayo
Michelle Meyer - Editor for KeepShoppers
Edited by Michelle Meyer

Published October 2, 2023.

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With over 430 million active users worldwide, PayPal stands tall as one of the most recognized and trusted payment platforms globally.

That's why offering PayPal as a payment option can significantly boost conversions, as customers often favor the safety and familiarity of this trusted platform. Remember the time when you abandoned a cart because your preferred payment method wasn't available?

Fortunately, adding PayPal to your Shopify store is simple and straightforward. Below, we walk you through the process in just 4 easy steps.

» Explore the pros and cons of PayPal for your Shopify business

Step 1: Accessing Shopify Admin

  • First, visit the Shopify website and log in to your Shopify account.
  • Screenshot of Shopify login page
  • Once you have access to your Shopify admin dashboard, navigate to Settings in the bottom left corner of the dashboard.
  • Screenshot of navigating to Settings on a Shopify dashboard to start the process of adding Paypal

Step 2: Adding PayPal as a Payment Method

  • Select the Payments option.
  • Scroll down to Additional payment methods.
  • Click on the Activate PayPal link next to the PayPal logo.
  • Screenshot showcasing how to add PayPal to a Shopify dashboard

Step 3: Configuring PayPal Settings

  • You'll be redirected to the Paypal Express Checkout page.
  • Click on the Activate Paypal Express Checkout button.
  • Screenshot of activating PayPal express checkout on a Shopify dashboard
  • Enter your PayPal email address and password.
  • Click the Agree and Connect button to allow PayPal to connect your Shopify account.
  • Screenshot showcasing how to give PayPal permission and access to a Shopify account

Step 4: Testing the PayPal Integration

  • Add any product to your cart and proceed to checkout.
  • Select PayPal as payment method.
  • Screenshot of selecting PayPal as a payment option on a checkout page
  • Log into PayPal once you're redirected to the PayPal login page. Note: Log in with a different PayPal account than your business one.
  • Check the order summary. If it's correct, your PayPal payment option is working. Simply close the window or cancel the transaction.
  • Screenshot of canceling a PayPal payment

Remember, this process isn't supposed to charge anything. It’s merely to confirm the integration.

Seal the Deal With PayPal

In the realm of e-commerce, a seamless checkout process isn't just an advantage—it's a necessity. Adding PayPal to your Shopify store is both straightforward and paramount. By embracing this integration, you're not just offering another payment method, you're amplifying customer trust and ensuring their shopping journey is smooth from start to finish.

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