How to Run Shopify Test Payments: A Step-by-Step Guide

In this article, we're diving into a quick and easy guide on how to test Shopify Payments on your online store. This is crucial to ensure your customers have a smooth checkout experience. Let's break it down step by step.


1. Ensure Shopify Payments is Set-up

Before we dive in, make sure you've already set up Shopify Payments. If you haven't, no worries, just follow the video's instructions below to get it set up. If you're using a different payment provider, check thier website to find the instructions you need to active your payment gateway.

2. Things to Keep in Mind When Testing Payments on Shopify

Here are three key points before you start testing:

  1. Test Mode Limitations: Remember, while in test mode, you and your customers can't use real credit cards for orders. So, don't enable test mode on a live store.
  2. Avoid Fulfilling Test Orders: Don't fulfill any test orders. You'll be charged for shipping labels, even if they're for a test order. Disable any auto-fulfillment apps beforehand.
  3. Transactions in Test Mode: Transactions won't show up in your payouts or reports while in test mode.

3. Enable Test Mode for Shopify Payments

Head over to your Shopify Admin, click on Settings, and then Payments. In the Shopify Payments section, click Manage. If you don't see this option, it means you haven't set up Shopify Payments yet. Click on Activate Shopify Payments and follow the prompts.

4. Disable Accelerated Checkout Options

While in Shopify Payments, disable any Accelerated payment options like Shop Pay, Apple Pay, or Google Pay. This will streamline the testing process. Scroll down to Test Mode, check the box for Enable test mode, and click Save.

5. Stimulate a Successful Transaction

Now comes the fun part - simulating a successful transaction. Head to your online store's landing page, add an item to your cart, and proceed to checkout. Fill out all the required details as if you were a customer. When you get to the payment section, use one of the Shopify test credit card numbers. Follow the prompts, and voila! You'll receive a confirmation page and email.

6. Shopify Test Credit Card Information

Shopify provides test credit card numbers for each major credit card provider. These allow you to test payments on Shopify, without the need to spend any actual money.

The test credit card numbers are as follows:

- Visa - 4242424242424242

- Mastercard - 5555555555554444

- American Express - 378282246310005

- Discover - 6011111111111117

- Diners Club - 30569309025904

- JCB - 3530111333300000

To simulate a successful transaction, use the following additional information when you are asked for credit card details at checkout:

Name on card: Enter at least two words.

Expiry date: Enter any date in the future.

Security code: Enter any three digits.

7. Review Your Test Order

Back in your Shopify Admin, click on Orders. You'll see your test order with a banner confirming it's a test. Remember, don't fulfill or print any shipping labels for test orders. You can archive or cancel test orders from here.

7. Stimulate a Failed Transaction

Time to test the other side - a failed transaction. Repeat the process of adding an item, filling out details, and reaching the payment page. Shopify also provides bogus credit card numbers to allow you test failed transactions. The numbers are:

  • Use credit card number 4000000000000002 to generate a card declined message.
  • Use credit card number 4242424242424241 to generate an incorrect number message.
  • Use credit card number 4000000000000259 to simulate a disputed transaction.
  • Use an invalid expiry month, for example 13, to generate an invalid expiry month message.
  • Use an expiry year in the past to generate an invalid expiry year message.
  • Use a two-digit security code number to generate an invalid security code message.

8. Disable Shopify Payments Test Mode

Once you've finished testing, head back to Settings in your Shopify Admin, click on Payments, and then Manage in the Shopify Payments section. Scroll down to Test Mode, uncheck Enable test mode, and if you disabled accelerated checkouts, you can re-enable them now. Click Save to finish up.

And there you have it! You've successfully tested Shopify Payments on your online store. It's all about ensuring that seamless checkout experience for your customers. Happy selling!


Shopify Test Payments FAQ

Let's quickly answer some of the most commonly asked questions realted to testing payments on Shopify:

How do I test my payment method on Shopify?

To test your payment method on Shopify, you'll first need to enable Test Mode in your Shopify Payments settings. This allows you to go through the checkout process without actually processing a real payment. Follow the step-by-step guide outlined in this article:

a. From your Shopify Admin, click on "Settings" and then "Payments."

b. In the Shopify Payments section, click "Manage."

c. Scroll down to the "Test Mode" section and check the box for "Enable test mode." Click "Save" to confirm.

Can you test a purchase on Shopify?

Yes, you can simulate a purchase on Shopify by using the Test Mode feature. This allows you to go through the entire checkout process without actually charging a real credit card. Follow these steps:

a. Enable Test Mode as described in the first question.

b. Visit your online store, add items to your cart, and proceed to checkout.

c. Enter the provided test credit card details during the payment step.

How do I add a test credit card to Shopify?

Adding a test credit card to Shopify is straightforward. During the testing process, you'll be provided with specific test credit card numbers. Follow these steps:

a. Enable Test Mode and go through the checkout process as explained in the first two questions.

b. Use one of the provided test credit card numbers available in the description of this guide.

c. Enter the test credit card number, along with the other required payment details, during the checkout process. This will simulate a transaction without any actual charges being made.

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