How to Accept Apple Pay and Google Pay with Stripe Checkout (with Video)

In spite of the Coronavirus forcing many small businesses to close their doors, online marketers continue to thrive in ecommerce sales. By the end of 2020, online sales were up 44% as consumers spent over $861.12 billion. Experts say that these numbers will only go up from here.

By 2023, ecommerce retail is expected to rise from 14.1% to 22%, with the number of online shoppers jumping to 278.33 million. That’s 91% of the US population!

That’s why it’s never been more vital to have a solid payment gateway for your membership site.

Smart shoppers use extreme caution when it comes to shopping online – as they should. Many will go the extra mile to determine whether a website is safe to avoid credit card fraud, identity theft, and scams.

As a membership site owner, it’s your responsibility to provide a dependable payment gateway that your members can trust to keep their payment methods simple, secure, and protected.

Fortunately, our new integration upgrade has made that a cinch. We’re excited to announce that our existing Stripe Checkout plugin now supports Apple Pay and Google Pay! 

MemberPress is among the few membership plugins that have successfully consolidated Stripe’s Apple Pay and Google Pay additions.  

Stripe Checkout Adds Apple Pay and Google Pay Digital Wallet Support

Stripe Checkout homepage

Stripe is a MemberPress favorite when it comes to credit card payment gateways. Being a fully integrated online payment processor, Stripe provides multiple payment products to collect one-time and recurring payments safely, securely, and easily. Stripe also helps with invoicing, financing, managing expenses, fraud protection, and more.

Until now, MemberPress Stripe users have only been able to accept credit and debit card payments. While this method is both standard and efficient, it can be a time-consuming process for customers.

The rising popularity of digital wallets like Apple Pay and Google Pay has quickened the overall shopping experience.   

What are Digital Wallets? 

Digital wallets enable users to store their credit and debit card information digitally. While digital wallet software is more commonly downloaded as a mobile app, it can also be stored on a personal laptop or computer.

This payment method offers a quick and convenient way to pay. Instead of having to manually enter their billing information, customers can opt to use a digital wallet for a much faster and more secure purchasing process. 

Consumer Benefits of Apple Pay

Apple Pay logo

Apple Pay allows customers to pay using payment methods stored on their Apple Pay products – i.e., iPhone, iPad, iMac, or any device that uses the iOS operating system.  

With Apple Pay, users can:

  • Earn Rewards. Apple Pay users are awarded 2% cashback with daily transactions.
  • Transfer Money. Apple Pay users can send and receive money from family and friends, and even split expenses with others. 
  • Enable Biometric Security. Apple Pay users can protect their financial details by guarding content behind a facial scan and fingerprint reader.
  • Feel Secure. Credit card numbers are never stored on a device or Apple Pay Servers. Instead, Apple Pay uses a device-specific number and a unique transaction code. Additionally, Apple Pay doesn’t keep transaction information –  transactions stay between the user, the merchant or developer, and the bank.
Google Pay logo

Consumer Benefits of Google Pay 

Google pay is a bit more versatile compared to Apple Pay. Users can pay using any device that has their saved Google Pay payment methods.

With Google Pay, users enjoy:

  • Cashback Rewards. Google Pay users can earn cashback on everyday business purchases.
  • Money Transfers. Google Pay users can send money to family members and friends, as well as privately request money for split expenses.
  • Business Connections. Google Pay users can keep track of their expenses at frequently shopped businesses. The platform also saves store loyalty and gift cards.
  • Security. Google Pay uses a virtual account number rather than personal credit card information. Additional security measures include authentication, transaction encryption, and fraud protection.

In a contactless society, more and more businesses are accommodating the 51% of people who use digital wallets. And it makes sense. Digital wallets are considerably more beneficial to the online shopping experience. 

Online businesses are profiting from the benefits and overall convenience of digital wallets to increase ecommerce sales and conquer cart abandonment challenges. 

Increase Your Membership Site Sales with Apple Pay and Google Pay 

Online businesses lose over $18 billion every year due to cart abandonment.

By enabling Apple Pay and Google Pay on your membership site, you can improve your members’ overall user experience to promise a quicker and more convenient checkout process.   

Mobile Friendly 

Perhaps the biggest challenge faced by online marketers is low mobile conversion rates. According to Truelist, the average cart abandonment rate on mobile phones is 85.65%. There’s a number of reasons why this is – lower accessibility, smaller screen, customer hesitancy, etc.

The mobile accommodative features of Apple Pay and Google Pay improve the cellular shopping experience by displaying a clear, easy-to-navigate payment page.

Your members can simply opt for the Apple Pay or Google Pay option, and with a single click, easily purchase a product with confidence and without having to leave their seat!

Apple Pay and Google Pay Mobile Views
Apple Pay and Google Pay Mobile Views

Online retailers who enable digital wallets see an average of 3X more mobile cart conversions.

Faster Checkouts 

Nearly 30% of consumers fail to complete a purchase due to a long and complicated checkout process.

Before, when a member wanted to purchase your next available course content, they’d first have to find their wallet. Then, they’d have to dig out their credit or debit card and type in their lengthy card number (likely several times due to pesky typing errors). Next, they’d have to fill in their banking information before finally being able to complete their purchase. How exhausting!

Now, with Apple Pay and Google Pay, your members can checkout with just a few clicks!  

Upon arriving at your MemberPress checkout page, members can choose to pay using either their Apple Pay or Google Pay account via Stripe Checkout. With a single click, they’ll be redirected to Stripe Checkout where all their information has been pre-filled automatically.   

Apple Pay Desktop View
Apple Pay Desktop View
Google Pay Desktop View
Google Pay Desktop View

After confirming their payment in Stripe Checkout, the member will be redirected back to your MemberPress Thank You page.  

Even More Benefits 

Enhanced Security 

We’ve already discussed the advanced security features of Apple Pay and Google Pay.  Because these digital wallets are supported through Stripe’s secure servers, both you and your members’ sensitive financial information is even more protected.

Stripe is a certified PCI Service Provider Level 1, the most stringent level of certification in the payments industry. All transactions through Stripe are Secure Socket Layer (SSL/TLS) protected, and credit card numbers are safely stored in an encrypted format.  

With our enhanced Stripe checkout, you’ll be among the countless businesses, including Amazon, Pinterest, Slack, and Zoom, who trust Stripe Checkout for all their business’ billing needs.  

Brandable Checkout 

Stripe’s customizable checkout guarantees brand visibility from the moment a customer begins shopping on your website, to the final payment confirmation message.

You can upload your company’s logo as well as choose a color scheme that matches your brand’s identity. You can also display your business policies to link your contact information, payment terms, return protocols, and more. 

Customizable branding using Stripe Checkout
In Stripe Checkout, you can choose from a variety of color combinations to match Apple Pay and Google Pay pages to your business brand.

How to Add Stripe Checkout to Your MemberPress Site

Stripe Checkout is a free payment gateway for our MemberPress Basic, Plus, or Pro plans. If you don’t already have a Stripe account, you’ll need to create one here.

  1. Navigate to MemberPress > Settings > Payments page and add a new gateway. OR, if you’re updating your existing Stripe Checkout, skip to step 8 below. 
  2. Click on the blue Connect with Stripe button.
  3. Authenticate your MemberPress account by entering your username and password.
  4. Next, you’ll be redirected to authenticate your Stripe account. If you’re not logged into Stripe, click Sign in at the top right corner.
  5. Select your Stripe Account and click the Connect my Stripe account button.
  6. Note: If your Stripe account has not been fully set up and enabled for “Live mode”, you will not be able to connect until you have verified your account.
  7. After connecting, you’ll be redirected back to your MemberPress dashboard.
  8. Locate your new Stripe gateway in the MemberPress Settings and check the Enable Stripe Checkout checkbox.
  9. Save the MemberPress Settings.

That’s it! You’ve successfully added (or updated) Stripe Checkout.  

To learn more about how to configure your MemberPress site with Stripe Checkout, take a look at our Stripe Checkout Integration Support Docs.

For a great tutorial on using Stripe with MemberPress, check out our latest video:

How to Enable Apple Pay and Google Pay in Stripe 

Start accepting Apple Pay and Google Pay on your membership site today with help from these Stripe Support Docs: 

  • To learn more about adding Apple Pay to your Stripe account, please visit this page.
  • To learn more about adding Google Pay to your Stripe account, please visit this page.

Do you have any questions about the new Stripe integration? Let us know in the comments!

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    Jeff Baird

    April 6, 2021

    After following the setup instructions on Stripe accounts, will Apple & Google pay automatically show as options when customers choose the Stripe gateway on our MemberPress checkout pages? And will both options show to all consumers or will Apple only show to iOS consumers and Google to Android consumers?

      Paul C

      April 7, 2021

      You need to enable Stripe Checkout, which works similarly to PayPal where the user is directed off-site to pay on Stripe's secure servers. Only Apple will show on apple devices, and google on android devices.

    Alexis Bushnell

    April 9, 2021

    I really need to enable these, especially as I use Google Pay myself!

    Christy Matte

    April 9, 2021

    This is great news! Thanks for the in-depth info - it's nice to have a clear walkthrough.

    Ernesto Costanzo

    April 12, 2021

    Great info! I’ll add the Apple and Google options in my Stripe right away! 👏🏼

    Jaime Villanueva

    April 12, 2021

    Will def enable these. Personally like using Apple Pay and Google Pay.

    Trent Baarspul

    April 13, 2021

    The statistics cited in this article are really eye opening! The market is really growing for online sales and I agree that however we can make it easier for our customers to give us money is a win that will lead to long term growth in sales. Thank you for this article, and I'll be implementing this information on my site very soon to be expand my capability of accepting payments to include these convenient payment methods.

    [email protected]

    April 13, 2021

    Thanks for taking the time to write this post. Two things - (1) I wasn't aware that you could download a digital wallet to an actual computer. This is great to know :) (2) Over the past 12 months I have seen a steady increase in users accessing my website through their mobile device. Seeing the stats related to cart abandonment has triggered me to now offer Apple / Google pay for my potential customers. Thanks for this! I already use Stripe but have been hesitant in going the next level.

    Robert Burke

    April 14, 2021

    This is great


    April 16, 2021

    Thanks for sharing this, this is helpful for us exploring options. Great to hear that Apple and Google show up on their respective platforms. Will continue to look into further.

    [email protected]

    April 16, 2021

    This is going to be super useful, thanks!

    [email protected]

    April 19, 2021

    I've done this but can't see the option for google/apple pay on desktop, is this normal?

      Paul C

      April 20, 2021

      Yes, they would typically only show up on the mobile devices that support them.


    April 21, 2021

    I love that MemberPress doesn't just rest on its laurels. This is great, especially for more mobile-focused membership sites.

    Neil Batchelor

    April 22, 2021

    Great article, and this makes it so easy for new members to sign up.

    Nicholas Brookes

    April 26, 2021

    Cannot wait to get started

    Zipline Interactive

    April 28, 2021

    Very cool, I honestly wish more WordPress plugins would add automatic integration for Apple Pay and Google Pay.

    Hasnain Kara

    April 28, 2021

    This is great. Memberpress does it again by providing more features, better than anyone else. I use MemberPress and highly recommend it.

    Eli Hardie Howes

    April 28, 2021

    Great! Good to know this is a possibility.

    [email protected]

    April 28, 2021

    This is huge! So many of our customers have requested Apple Pay, and this will finally allow to accommodate them.

    Pedro Simao

    April 28, 2021

    Apple and Google pay are defenitly the way to go. A recursive payment membership website will only have users to gain by using these two options. Wait to go MemberPress!


    April 28, 2021

    One thing to watch out for with Apple Pay (based on personal experience) is that the shipping address is automatically filled for the user. If you've moved a lot like I have, this can get you into trouble. I had a pricey item ordered online shipped to an old address and didn't catch it until I saw that it had shipped --- to the old address that was stored in Apple Pay. I know, it's my own damned fault, but it was a PITA to resolve for that order.


    April 28, 2021

    Excellent article. Thank you for the step-by-step instructions for adding Stripe Checkout and enabling Apple Pay and Google Pay. MemberPress is amazing!

    [email protected]

    April 28, 2021

    This is a really cool feature that I am looking forward to trying. We are about to expand to a mobile website app and this feature will be really beneficial for making payments even easier for our members.

    Marius Helf

    April 28, 2021

    Thanks for this useful Info. Apple Pay is a much more convenient payment option to some users when compares to credit cards for example especially in europe.

    Jonas Kazlauskas

    April 29, 2021

    Well, thanks for this tutorial. In my country, these payments type aren't very popular (google pay officially released just this year), but I hope so, it will be in the future.

    Nikki Boxer

    April 29, 2021

    This is incredibly useful in this day and age and will only help to encourage new memberships. As a developer, I'm regularly astonished at how many small e-commerce sites rely on outdated checkout systems and payment gateways. To offer proper a credit card transaction system plus these digital wallet options up-levels a small business's credibility and adds to consumer confidence. Way to go, MemberPress.

    ismail assoualma

    April 29, 2021

    I have tried this and it is working perfectly for me, better choosing these payment methods for better conversions