How To Enable PayPal Guest Checkout

Enable PayPal Guest Checkout

Enabling Guest Checkout within your PayPal account settings gives buyers the option to check out using a debit or credit card without having a PayPal account login. In other words, customers don’t need a PayPal account to complete a purchase. They use an alternate checkout and have the option to sign up for a PayPal account afterward. This feature is available for Buy Now buttons, Donations, and shopping carts. Customers with PayPal accounts still log in to their PayPal accounts to check out.

Enabling PayPal Guest Checkout isn’t difficult but PayPal changed the flow recently which may cause some confusion. Below you’ll find the description of the updated way of how you can turn on the Guest Checkout.

To enable Guest Checkout on PayPal:

1.Log into your PayPal account.

2. Click the Settings icon in the top right corner as shown in the screenshot.

PayPal Guest Checkout Step 2

3. Choose Account Settings from the drop-down menu.

4. Choose Website Payments from the left-side menu.

PayPal Guest Checkout Step 4

5. Click Update next to Website Preferences.

6. Select On under PayPal account optional to enable Guest checkout.

PayPal Guest Checkout Step 6

Please note that if both the “Auto-return” and “Account optional” features are turned on, customers who don’t log in to PayPal can choose to go back to your website after checkout, but aren’t returned automatically.

Moreover, you should consider that the buyer’s Checkout view on PayPal depends on their web browser’s cookies:

  • If a PayPal cookie has been created: When the buyer lands on a PayPal page, they’ll see the PayPal Login but still have the option to select “Guest Checkout” or “Don’t have a PayPal Account?”
  • If a cookie hasn’t been defined: The buyer sees a default view of Guest Checkout allowing for debit or credit payment.

In short, enabling Guest Checkout is quite easy and requires only a few minutes of your time.


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