Make paypal account optional for checkout

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I have a paypal payments pro account and I serve customers in areas where paypal is not trusted/common. Therefore, I’d like the option for my customers in the checkout page to NOT have to make a paypal account and simply use their credit/debit card as a “guest”. On the paypal merchant features page, “Accept credit and debit cards (your buyers don’t need a PayPal account)” is shown for both types of merchant accounts. Is there anywhere I can enable this feature in my paypal groups checkout?


5 Responses to Make paypal account optional for checkout

  1. George March 21, 2018 at 9:24 am #

    Hi Natalie,

    You can have a look at the Groups API and especially the Examples provided. If you are familiar with PHP it won’t be difficult to implement it.


  2. Natalie March 15, 2018 at 9:26 pm #

    Thank you. I have another question regarding the subscription plugin…are there any function calls I can make in PHP to manually subscribe a user? I’d like to implement an alternative method of subscribing users outside of having them go through paypal. Thanks.

  3. George March 6, 2018 at 6:14 pm #

    You are welcome Natalie 🙂

    Your screenshots remind me of older versions of PayPal. I also found this article on PayPal support claiming that account creation is optional for Premier and Business accounts. If you already have a Business account, i would recommend you to contact also PayPal regarding this subject and the interface because by the way it looks, i think you are using an older version.
    Also, have a look at this topic on how to change your account type.

    Kind regards,

  4. Natalie March 5, 2018 at 4:06 pm #

    Thanks George.

    I’m not seeing the login options as shown in your screenshot. Upon checkout, users are directed to this ( page. After clicking on “Pay with a Debit/Credit card” in the bottom right corner, users are still prompted to create a paypal account ( Please let me know if that can be changed, thank you!

  5. George March 2, 2018 at 11:11 am #

    Hi Natalie,

    This feature is supported by PayPal. Once a customer goes to Checkout, they can either login with PayPal or choose to pay by credit or debit card. You can see the screenshot here from my sandbox checkout page.

    Kind regards,

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