Activating Payment Methods

Activating WeChat Pay and Alipay on Stripe can be a little tricky, so we wrote this quick overview to help out.

To use China Payments Plugin, you need to have WeChat Pay or Alipay activated in your Stripe account.

To check if your payment settings are activated correctly, log into the Stripe Dashboard and go the Settings > Payment Methods. If your desired payment options are supported for your Stripe account, you will see them under the Eligible tab:

If they aren't activated, click the "Activate" button to enable the payment method or apply for activation. WeChat Pay has an application that you need to complete, and Alipay has a separate process. Both activation flows are subject to change by Stripe.

Be sure your business is in compliance with the WeChat Payment System User Service Agreement or Alipay Prohibited Businesses list when answering the activation questions.

Once you receive a successful payment with each payment method, you will see the "Live" badge next to them under the Live tab:

Alipay must be activated separately and supports one-time payments out of the box.

To enable Alipay subscription payments, you must make the request to Stripe support directly based on this article in their documentation.

After a discussion with Stripe support as of Dec 2020, they stated they plan to add a button in the dashboard and/or automate the ability to activate Alipay subscriptions on your Stripe account in the future.

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