Paypal payment pending

New Member
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Hi, I've received my first order via Paypal, unfortunately, the payment is not showing up in Paypal.

Payment status:
Pending reason:

How can I fix that?

Shopify Staff
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EDIT: Shopify's support is limited when it comes to third party payments and gateways such as Paypal. As Shopify does not accept the payment, our support can not see why a payment might be pending. If what I've mentioned below does not solve your query, please contact your gateway provider's customer service directly as they'll be able to see the payment in full and provide more info. Paypal's support can be contacted here. If you would like to use a different provider, please check out this guide for a list of alternative gateways you can connect with. 

Hi @filmsticks_pro,

Ted here from Shopify, thanks for reaching out to us!

Since this post was written, has Paypal adjusted the payment status in the account? When an order is paid through Paypal, the funds should be immediately available unless the customer paid with an "eCheck" which can take up to 7 business days to clear. If this were the case though, it would show a pending payment status on the order within your Shopify admin.

If that doesn't help locate your funds, I'd recommend logging back into your Shopify admin and then clicking Settings > Payment Providers > Paypal to see which Paypal account/email is attached to your store. If this is a new account, then Paypal would have sent you an email so that you can get the proper account type setup to accept the funds. 

If you did not receive that email or if the email listed in Settings > Payment Providers section is different from the account you're using, then you will need to check the history of the order in your Shopify admin. If you click on the order, scroll down to the order timeline then click on the payment line, this will expand a variety of information, however, you will need to locate the Auth number, Token number and email if it's listed. With this information in hand, you can then contact Paypal's Support here who will help locate the funds. 

Please let me know how this goes! 

Many Thanks, 

Ted | Social Care @ Shopify
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New Member
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Hello all!

I am having a similar issue.  I have the same email address for PayPal that I do for Shopify.  


Paypal is holding some of my payments, but not all of them.  In Paypal it says the payments are on hold.  When I click for more details it wants me to provide a tracking number for the order or have the customer confirm the order.


Most of my orders are in town deliveries done by me, so there is no tracking info.  Also, most people aren't going to confirm their order because that is not typically asked. I think my customers might think it is spam and delete the email.


I have reached out to Paypal and they said I will get my payment within 21 days.  This cannot be! How can they hold the payment for that long??


Does this happen to everyone? If so, how do people operate their business like this? 


I feel like my hands are tied because Shopify requires a paypal account and everyone has paypal.  


Any suggestions or help would be greatly appreciated.  

New Member
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I'm hoping someone can help me out! I received an order thru Paypal Express Checkout; however, didn't remember to link my Paypal to my store prior to the sale. I saw the notification come in letting me know I need to set up my PayPal account in order to receive my funds. I did so, and almost immediately after setting up and linking the Paypal account I see on my Shopify Dashboard that the payment was refunded, but the status still says "Pending and Paypal Express Checkout is processing this order's payment"? 

Has anyone experienced this/is this normal? This is my first store.

Thank you, and please help ASAP

New Member
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Hey did we ever get an answer to this cause im having the same problem.

New Member
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Ahh Same here, forgot to activate my PayPal account prior to my sales and now I have 3 orders that says "payment pending" 

I then went ahead and activated my account but the orders still say they are pending. 

Should I contact the customers and ask them to try again or should I just wait?

Can someone on the Shopify support team please help out