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How to Test Paypal Payment FormLast Update: September 4, 2016
There are 2 easy ways to test your Paypal payment form. It's either by making an actual payment or through Paypal Sandbox mode.
Method A: Testing by making an actual payment
If you are not convinced with sandbox (test) mode, you can make actual payments in your Paypal form. Here are some tips:
1. First, create a test product in your Paypal payment field with 0.01 USD price
2. Save your form and preview. Then select the test product and make an actual payment.
Method B: Testing through Paypal Sandbox Mode
PayPal Sandbox is a virtual testing environment that mimics the live PayPal production environment. Meaning, it works similarly with making an actual Paypal but without using real credit cards or live PayPal accounts.
1. First, you need to secure a Paypal Sandbox Test Accounts. To do that, login to https://developer.paypal.com
2. Go to the Dashboard tab and navigate to Sandbox > Accounts
3. Create 2 different account types, Personal and Business. If you are using Paypal (standard) in your payment form, you need the Personal account credentials. Otherwise, if you are using Paypal Pro or Paypal Express, you need the Business account credentials
4. After creating the test accounts, take your Paypal Credentials. Let's assume you are using Paypal Pro so you need to take the Business account credentials.
a. In your business account, click the Profile link
b. It will open a new window, go to API Credentials tab and copy your username, password, and signature
5. Enter these credentials into your Paypal payment field under its settings.
a. Click the wand icon in your payment field
b. Enter your API credentials. You do not need to verify it, it is a test account.
6: Important: After entering your Paypal credentials, you need to enable Sandbox Mode before you can perform a test.
To do that, click Additional Gateway Settings collapse that is on the bottom section of the payment wizard and set Yes on Sandbox Mode.
7. That's it! You can preview your form and make a test payment. If you are using Business account in your Paypal payment field, you can use your Personal account to test your form or vice versa.
If you have questions with any of the steps above, feel free to post comments below.