Let’s put PayPal and your new website through their paces before going live. It would help if you made a user-friendly interface. Many of us have done the testing with our own personal PayPal accounts. You are buying fake items and returning them for a refund.
But of course, there are drawbacks to this. PayPal’s sandbox accounts are an excellent alternative.
The advantages of sandbox accounts will be covered in this tutorial. We’ll also go through how to create your sandbox environments for both personal and professional use.
PayPal Sandbox Accounts: What Are They?
Your business’ main PayPal profile will not display a PayPal sandbox account. It has:
- Authentication information for PayPal (email address and password)
- Checking out credit card information
- Verify Bank Account Information
- Details from the Test Bank
- With this feature, test reports can be sent out mechanically after each action taken with the test accounts. In this way, we know everything is working efficiently.
The tool is quite useful. All testing accounts can be managed from a single place in your business’s PayPal account. That means there is only one account to keep track of. In reality, it’s just a section of your main report that doesn’t send or receive any actual money.
When Should You Create a Test Account with PayPal?
You might make it fine to use your own account for test purposes, but doing so has many drawbacks.
- Your team may not need access to your personal PayPal information. Or you can make them use their individual PayPal accounts for their experiments. Therefore, the safety of a business’s account is enhanced by using a sandbox environment.
- Using live accounts during testing could be a significant administrative burden. On the back end, they’ll show up as actual purchases that require a refund.
- When testing different scenarios, sandbox accounts are more dependable. With sandbox credentials, you may test out separate payment flows with any payment methods that PayPal supports.
A sandbox account is useful in any situation where the technology fails. Consider a situation where a client reaches out to you to report that PayPal is not working on their payments. The sandbox accounts can be used at any time to test real-world transactions and pinpoint any issues promptly.
Making a Practice Account in PayPal Sandbox
- Enter your login details for your PayPal for Business account. This is the account associate with your business’s online payment gateway.
- Open a new browser tab after logging into your account.
- In the new window, go to the search field and enter developer.paypal.com. Click the enter key.
- There’s an area labelled “sandbox” on the left sidebar. Click “Accounts” here.
- PayPal will include your current, active accounts in your profile on the sandbox accounts page. If there aren’t any accounts already set up, a big blue button reading “new account” will appear in the top right corner. You should probably click that.
- To use PayPal, you will first need to select an account type. In other words, are you interest in a sandbox account for yourself or your company? To get a full picture of your customers’ online shopping habits, tracking both types of traffic separately and together can be helpful. However, it may only be relevant for some. Setting up both sandbox accounts allows you to test your payment gateway completely.
- Make your test account from the country of your choice. You should make to your relevant customers with this. Similarly, sandbox foreign currency accounts can used to test making overseas payments.
To start, click the “Make an Account” button.
- Once you have set up your PayPal account, you can use the test transaction information generated to test your payment processing.
Here’s what you need to do to log into the sandbox account as if it were your actual account dashboard.
- Please visit sandbox.paypal.com.
- To access the sandbox environment, enter your login information there. In other words, that’s just a temporary email address and password for a test account in a sandbox.
- They will sent you straight to your user interface when you click this button. Whether the sandbox account is for a business or a person’s use, the dashboard will look personal.
You can put your PayPal payment gateway through its paces with the help of a sandbox account. Once you’ve confirmed that PayPal is working properly for your website, you may relax.