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How do I activate PayPal?
How do I activate PayPal?

Learn here which steps are necessary to link your PayPal account with bookingkit.

Björn Blankenhagen avatar
Written by Björn Blankenhagen
Updated over a week ago

disclaimer: In our commitment to continuously enhance your experience and optimize conversion rates, we have made the decision to temporarily deactivate the PayPal integration on 14 March 2024. This decision was based on thorough testing, which showed that the conversion rate remained at the same level without PayPal.
To make sure that your revenue (and hence revenue for bookingkit) keeps coming in, we will intensify monitoring during the deactivation phase. We are in the same boat as you! However, we understand that some of our customers may prefer to continue using PayPal as a payment method. If you wish to retain PayPal as a payment option, please reach out to us, and we will work to make an exception for you as a valued customer.

Activating PayPal

This guide is meant to help you activate PayPal for your bookingkit account. This will add PayPal to your bookingkit checkout and make it possible for customers to make payments via the service.

To start the activation process, enter the following address in your browser:

Log in to your PayPal account.

Then proceed to step 1.

Step 1

  • Click on your  "Account settings" (B)

Step 2

  • On the left-hand side under "My Profile" go to "My selling tools" (A)

  • Open the "Selling online" drop-down menu (B)

  • Now go to "API access" and click on "Update" (C)

  • Proceed to step 3

Step 3

  • Under "Option 1", you can grant API authorization by clicking the corresponding link (A)

  • Proceed to step 4

Step 4

  • In order to integrate PayPal into your online shop, you need to grant authorization to third party providers.

  • Enter the following line in the field shown (A):

  • Afterwards, click "Lookup" (A). Proceed to step 5.

Step 5

  • In the window that appears, select the following "Available Permissions" from the list:

  • "Use Express Checkout to process payments." (A)

  • "Issue a refund for a specific transaction.." (B)

  • "Authorize and capture your PayPal transactions" (C)

  • "Obtain information about a single transaction" (D)

  • "Charge an existing customer based on a prior transaction." (E)

  • "Create and manage Recurring Payments" (F)

  • "Initiate transactions to multiple recipients in a single batch." (G)

  • "Use Express Checkout to process mobile payments." (H)

  • Confirm your selection by clicking "Add" (I). Finally, proceed to step 6.

Step 6

The following message will appear: "You have successfully added". You can now activate PayPal in bookingkit by going to "Settings" > "Moduls" and entering the email address you use for you PayPal account.

Hint: If you want to know how to configure the email notifications for incoming payments, have a look here.


From time to time we receive enquiries that PayPal would not work. Often these problems can be solved with a few steps. So if you have problems linking your PayPal account to bookingkit, please check the following points:

  1. Please check if PayPal has been activated correctly and you have assigned all rights correctly. In our guide "How do I activate PayPal?" we have summarized all necessary steps for you once again.

  2. Please check that your PayPal email address is correctly stored in your bookingkit account! You can check this directly in bookingkit under "Settings" --> "Payment options".

  3. Please also make sure that no typing or spelling errors have crept in.

  4. Please also check that there are no spaces in front or behind your mail address, both in bookingkit and in PayPal, which have been accidentally copied and pasted.

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