Create PayPal Sandbox Account with PRO setup
Introduction to PayPal Sandbox –
PayPal Sandbox contains all the features which you will have in PayPal production servers. But some of the features do not apply to Sandbox like Closing an account, monthly statements, Shipping preferences, and support to PayPal shops. Apart from this PayPal Sandbox account has equality with PayPal API features which is supported by the live environment. So you can test by using the PayPal Sandbox accounts that how the PayPal payment processes will behave on live production servers when these will be live.
When a transaction is initiated using Sandbox account, PayPal creates a dummy transaction which behave exactly the same as transaction in live environment. Transactions will be tracked as:
- Sandbox transactions – https://www.sandbox.paypal.com
- Live Transactions – https://www.paypal.com
Types of Sandbox Accounts –
PayPal Sandbox supports 2 types of test accounts:
- Personal – represents a buyer or sender in a transaction
- Business – represents a merchant or receiver in a transaction
For testing payments on your application/website you need to have both these accounts so when you register on PayPal’s Developer website, Sandbox automatically creates one “business account” along with NVP API test credentials and other personal account.
For Example: In our case we have registered with “[email protected]” and sandbox automatically create the two accounts for us which are as given below:
- Business Account ([email protected])
- Personal Account ([email protected])
It’s all up-to you whether you want to create your account on the PayPal developer site or directly on the Sandbox test site. Both these URLs will allow you to create PayPal Sandbox account. We are considering Sandbox test website for account creation.
NOTE: To create PayPal Pro account, you need to have the country UK otherwise PayPal will not allow you to convert your account to PRO.
To create PayPal Sandbox account follow these steps:
Step 1. Visit PayPal Developer Website or Sandbox Website
Step 2. If you have login credentials then click on Login and Login to your account otherwise, click on Sign Up at PayPal and create your PayPal account on Developer website first.
Step 3. After Login, click on Dashboard
Step 4. At left hand side menu, click on Account under Sandbox and you will be able to see your business & personal sandbox accounts.
Step 5. Click on any of these accounts, which will show you the further options(Profile, Notifications) beneath/below it.
Step 6. Click on Profile link, which will show you the account details (Like API credentials, Profile, Funding, Settings etc).
Step 7. For Accepting credit cards in test transactions you need to upgrade your sandbox account to PRO. For up-gradation to PRO account, just click on Profile –> Account Details –> Upgrade to Pro
Step 8. Click on Enable button to activate the credit card payments.