Connecting with PayPal powered by Braintree | Automated Setup

PayPal powered by Braintree is our recommended payment gateway, which features credit card processing, advanced fraud protection, and an in-context PayPal window that lets your customers pay with PayPal without ever leaving your site. Learn more about PayPal powered by Braintree.

If your business is based in the United States, you can use our automated setup with PayPal powered by Braintree by following the steps below.


Not based in the United States? If you are not located in the United States, you can set up PayPal powered by Braintree using Connecting with PayPal powered by Braintree | Manual Setup.

Enabling PayPal powered by Braintree

1. Go to Store SetupPayments.

In some versions of the control panel, this setting is located under Setup & ToolsPayments

2. You will see a banner for PayPal powered by Braintree. If it is not already enabled, toggle the switch to ON.

PayPal setup toggle

Once you've done that, you'll be able to start taking payments immediately. You will still need to finish the setup, but in the meantime you will be able to accept up to $2500 or 25 transactions from customers. The funds will be disbursed once your application is complete and the account is approved (see Applying to PayPal powered by Braintree).

Applying to PayPal powered by Braintree

1. Click the PayPal powered by Braintree Settings tab.

PayPal powered by Braintree Settings

2. Click Connect with Braintree.

Connect with PayPal powered by Braintree

3. You will be taken step by step through the PayPal powered by Braintree sign-up process.


What's my Braintree username? If you've forgotten your Braintree username or password, you can click the password reset link get a reminder or to reset your password.

Signing Up for Braintree

1. Start by creating an account. You can create a new PayPal powered by Braintree account using your email address or PayPal account. If you have an existing Braintree account, simply sign in under Already have an account?.


Need to go? Don't worry if you need to leave the application and come back to finish later. You can come back to the application anytime by returning to the PayPal powered by Braintree Settings page and signing in under Already have an account? with the credentials you created above. We will take you back to where you left off.

2. Tell us about yourself and your business. Getting to know you will allow us to verify your identity and complete our review process. You will be asked to provide your Social security number, as it is required to complete the identity verification and the required credit check.

3. Link your PayPal account. If you have a PayPal Business account you can link it here. All your card credit and PayPal payments will be processed through your PayPal powered by Braintree account to make reporting a snap. Don’t have a PayPal Business account? We can get one started for you here using your email, and you can go to and complete the setup later.

4. Give us the green light! Give Braintree your final approval to connect BigCommerce and PayPal powered by Braintree.

5. Take payments on your site! While Braintree processes your application, you can take payments on your site using PayPal powered by Braintree. Until you are fully approved, you should not ship goods or provide services. If you have already been approved by a different payment processor, you can enable that payment gateway as well in the meantime.

Getting Approved for PayPal powered by Braintree

Once you submit your application, you will receive an email confirmation from This lets you know we have your applications and you can start taking payments. However, you should wait to ship goods and provide services until getting full approval. The email confirmation will also let you know if you need to provide us with any additional documentation for us to complete the review of our application.

1. Submit any additional documentation requested by Braintree. Use the button in the email to ensure speedy processing.

2. Complete a first transaction on your storefront. (You can purchase something and refund yourself later.)

3. Watch for an email confirmation that you have been fully approved. After approval, we will deposit funds for any payments you received while you were waiting our approval into your bank account within 2-3 days.

Payment Gateway Settings

When returning to your BigCommerce control panel, go to the PayPal powered by Braintree Settings tab. From here you can select several payment gateway settings, including:

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