Apple Pay comes to small businesses using PayPal

PayPal checkout screenshot showing Apple Pay option
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It'll soon be easier than ever to use Apple Pay when checking out, with more small businesses offering it as an option on their websites thanks to PayPal.

While PayPal already offered a checkout system for small businesses, the implementation didn't have Apple Pay support built in. Instead, PayPal, PayPal Pay Later, Credit Card, and Venmo were the only options.

Now, PayPal is adding Apple Pay to the mix to give people even more options.

More payment options

The move comes as PayPal expands its Advanced Checkout option. Businesses have a Standard Checkout integration option that allows them to accept payments via PayPal, whereas Advanced Checkout allowed people to pay using the methods we mentioned above. But TechCrunch reports that Apple Pay is now being added to the mix.

The news comes after PayPal already announced support for Apple's Tap to Pay, and is part of a growing relationship between the two companies. Adding Apple Pay support will make the payment method available to more people than ever.

PayPal is also giving customers the chance to save their cards in a vault that allows them to be easily recalled when they visit a specific website. The card details aren't saved in PayPal because no PayPal account is required when paying via credit card, but it will mean people won't have to re-enter their details on repeat visits.

Apple Pay does of course help with the same problem of re-entering details, but not everyone has an Apple device or Apple Pay configured.

Changes like this PayPal Advanced Checkout implementation help make Apple Pay more than just something you use whenever you buy the new best iPhone every year — they help people use it every day as well. That has to be more secure than handing credit card details over to a website, even if you're using PayPal as the intermediary.

Oliver Haslam

Oliver Haslam has written about Apple and the wider technology business for more than a decade with bylines on How-To Geek, PC Mag, iDownloadBlog, and many more. He has also been published in print for Macworld, including cover stories. At iMore, Oliver is involved in daily news coverage and, not being short of opinions, has been known to 'explain' those thoughts in more detail, too. Having grown up using PCs and spending far too much money on graphics card and flashy RAM, Oliver switched to the Mac with a G5 iMac and hasn't looked back. Since then he's seen the growth of the smartphone world, backed by iPhone, and new product categories come and go. Current expertise includes iOS, macOS, streaming services, and pretty much anything that has a battery or plugs into a wall. Oliver also covers mobile gaming for iMore, with Apple Arcade a particular focus. He's been gaming since the Atari 2600 days and still struggles to comprehend the fact he can play console quality titles on his pocket computer.