After successfully adding PayPal as a payment method in Android Pay [now Google Pay] two years ago, Google is again building on the many successes achieved with that integration. Last Thursday, Google Pay announced that PayPal will be further integrated into its app—this time around, merchants can choose to enable PayPal as a payment method in their Google Pay integration. This can be done in either of these ways—if Google Pay has already been implemented on their site, or by adding a small code [see code below] change to the list of allowed payment methods.
“We’re thrilled to announce we’ve expanded our collaboration with PayPal to make payments easy and seamless no matter how or where your customers like to shop. Now, you’ll be able to accept PayPal with Google Pay on your app or website in all 24 countries where your customers can link their PayPal account to Google Pay,” Jose Ugia, Google Developers Engineer wrote in a blog post.
Once integration has been made, online shopper who wish to check out using Google Pay can then select PayPal to complete their transaction. This effectively reduces the processes involved in using your PayPal to make payment as you would no longer be required to sign into your PayPal account to do that. The integration also means when you make payments with PayPal via Google Pay, you will have access to its Purchase Protection and Return Shipping benefits among others.
If you are an online merchant as well as a PayPal merchant, when a customer chooses PayPal through Google Pay, you will receive the money in your PayPal Business Account within a couple of minutes.
Last year, Google added a couple of features to make Google Pay a one-stop payment app. Google Pay added peer-to-peer payments, boarding passes, tickets and even more.
The peer-to-peer payments feature along with online payments supports in all browsers and several other features were announced by Google during the 2018 Google I/O event. Google also brought support for tickets and boarding passes in the app’s APIs.
The p2p support at launch was only be available in select markets—the US and the UK. This is consistent with how Google launches its new products and features—a small rollout usually precedes a global rollout.
Before that, Google had announced that users can make payments on the web as it announced a desktop version. Not only will you be able to check out on shopping sites, you will also be able to send and receive money using a credit or debit card or even your PayPal account.
That announcement covers popular browsers like Chrome [unsurprisingly], Safari, and of course, Firefox. Google Pay will also work on your iPhone’s browser, but not until you have set up your account on any of the supported desktop browsers.