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Auto Debit

Auto Debit occurs when a user purchases merchandise on a merchant platform and the merchant deducts funds from the user's account by using an access token. To use this payment product, the merchant must obtain the user authorization (the access token) in advance.

Basic concepts

Terms (Abbreviations)

Definition

Access token

Security credentials with login session that identifies user, user's group, user's permissions, and, in some cases, specific applications. Access Token can be used for payment.

Acquiring Service Provider (ACQP)

An Acquiring Partner participating in Alipay+ Core or other acquirer cooperating with a member of Ant Group to enable payments.

Alipay+

Alipay+ solution is a collaborative effort along with all partners to provide more open, digitalized, and inclusive financial services to worldwide consumers and merchants.

Auto Debit

An Online Payment product provided by Alipay+, whereby a User enters into an Auto Debit agreement to bind a User Account with a Merchant’s service and enjoy automatic payment for subsequent Transactions.

Merchant

A person that enters into a Transaction with a User which is acquired by an ACQP or an Indirect ACQP, as applicable.

Mobile Payment Provider (MPP)

A Mobile Payment Partner participating in Alipay+ Core or other user- or issuer-facing payment service provider cooperating with a member of Ant Group to enable payments.

User experience

With Auto Debit, the consumer can place an order on the merchant platform and select Alipay+ as the payment method. Then Alipay+ displays the available MPPs for the consumer to select one to bind it to the merchant platform. After the account binding is done, the consumer can return to the merchant platform and use the bound account to pay, and the merchant can deduct funds automatically from the bound account of the user.

UX Scenarios

Account binding

For different merchant platforms, the user experience of account binding is different. The merchant platform can be a PC website (referred to as "Web" below) or a mobile app/WAP page (referred to as "Mobile" below).

  • If the consumer binds the account on a Mobile page, the consumer is redirected to the MPP app or WAP page to continue the account binding process.
  • If the consumer binds the account on a Web page, the consumer is redirected to a page that displays a QR code. Depending on whether the MPP app supports code scanning, the account binding experience varies:
    • If the MPP app supports code scanning, the consumer scans the code and completes the account binding by using the MPP app.
    • Otherwise, the consumer is redirected to a series of Web pages to go through the account binding process, including logging in and entering the password.

Mobile

When binding an account on mobile terminals, the user can select a wallet from the payment method management page or the cashier page.

Start from the payment method management page

The following figure illustrates the process when the user selects a wallet to authorize for Auto Debit on the payment method management page in the merchant app/WAP page:

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Figure 1. Account binding process from the payment method management page

Start from the cashier page

The following figure illustrates the process when the user selects a wallet to authorize for Auto Debit on the cashier page in the merchant app/WAP page:

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Figure 2. Account binding process from the cashier page

In the merchant app/WAP page, the consumer performs the following steps to complete the authorization:

  1. The consumer selects Alipay+ on the merchant's payment method management page or the cashier page.
  2. The merchant redirects the consumer to an Alipay+ page to select an Alipay+ wallet to bind.
  3. Alipay+ redirects the consumer to the wallet side. The consumer then signs the authorization agreement and binds the wallet account as the payment method to be used for transactions on the merchant platform.
  4. The wallet presents the authorization result page to the consumer.
  5. The consumer is redirected back to the merchant page,
    • If the authorization starts from the merchant cashier page, the payment result is displayed.
    • If the authorization starts from the merchant's payment method management page, the bound wallet account is displayed.

Web

This section introduces the user experience of account binding on Web terminals.

Scan-to-authorize

If the consumer's wallet app supports code scanning, the consumer can use the wallet app to scan the authorization QR code on the merchant page to complete the account binding.

The following figure illustrates the account binding process starting from the payment method management page on the merchant website:

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Figure 3. Account binding process from the payment method management page

The following figure illustrates the account binding process starting from the cashier page on the merchant website:

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Figure 4. Account binding process from the cashier page

As illustrated in Figures 3 and 4, on the merchant website, the consumer performs the following steps to complete the account binding with scan-to-authorize:

  1. The consumer selects Alipay+ on the merchant's payment method management page or the cashier page.
  2. The merchant redirects the consumer to an Alipay+ page to select a digital wallet to bind.
  3. Alipay+ redirects the consumer to the authorization page. Where a QR code is displayed.
  4. The consumer uses the wallet app to scan the QR code to sign the agreement and complete the authorization.
  5. The wallet app presents the authorization result page to the consumer.
  6. On the website, the consumer is redirected back to the merchant page,
    • If the authorization starts from the merchant cashier page, the payment result is displayed.
    • If the authorization starts from the merchant's payment method management page, the bound wallet account is displayed.

Log-in-to-authorize

If the consumer's wallet app does not support code scanning, during the authorization process, the consumer can log in to the wallet authorization page to complete the account binding. The following figure illustrates the process:

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Figure 5. Account binding process by login-to-authorize

As illustrated in Figure 5, on the merchant website, the consumer performs the following steps to complete the account binding with login-to-authorize:

  1. The consumer selects Alipay+ on the merchant's payment method management page or the cashier page.
  2. The merchant redirects the consumer to the Alipay+ page to select a digital wallet to bind.
  3. Alipay+ redirects the consumer to the wallet side. The consumer then logs in to the wallet page.
  4. The wallet redirects the consumer to the authorization page, where the consumer signs the authorization agreement and binds the wallet account as the payment method to be used for transactions on the merchant platform.
  5. The consumer is redirected back to the merchant page,
    • If the authorization starts from the merchant cashier page, the payment result is displayed.
    • If the authorization starts from the merchant's payment method management page, the bound wallet account is displayed.

Note: If the terminal type of the wallet is Web, the user can only be redirected back to the merchant's Web page.

Payment with an authorized wallet

After binding an Alipay+ wallet, the consumer can pay for Auto Debit transactions with the bound account at the merchant side. The following figures illustrate the payment process on the mobile terminal and on the web terminal:

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Figure 6. Payment with an authorized wallet on the mobile terminal

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Figure 7. Payment with an authorized wallet on the web terminal

As illustrated in Figure 6 and Figure 7, if the consumer has authorized the merchant before, the consumer can use the bound wallet account to complete an Auto Debit payment by completing the following steps:

  1. The consumer selects the wallet as the payment method on the merchant cashier page.
  2. The consumer clicks the pay button to pay.
  3. The merchant displays the payment result page to the consumer.

Note: For recurring payments, this process is not experienced as the payment is automatically done.

Brand display

For all the Auto Debit scenarios, Alipay+ supports the configuration of an aggregated logo according to the pattern and size of the merchant cashier page or the payment method management page. With an aggregated logo, you can display the Alipay+ logo along with certain other wallet logos to indicate that the consumer can select these wallets to authorize. See the figure below for examples:

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Figure 8. Alipay+ logo and aggregated logos

For more information about the page design and brand display, see Brand Display Guidelines for Auto Debit in the Alipay+ Brand guideline.

Product functionalities

Alipay+ Auto Debit offers the following main features:

  • Authorization for wallets: Consumers can authorize the merchant to deduct funds from the consumer's Alipay+ wallet by binding the wallet account to the merchant platform.
  • Revocation of the authorization: Consumers can also unbind the wallet account to revoke the authorization.
  • Authorization/revocation result notification: When the wallet confirms that the binding/unbinding is successful, Alipay+ actively pushes the binding/unbinding result to the ACQP, who can then relay the result to the merchant accordingly.
  • Easy redirection: Alipay+ provides the redirection URL that suits the situation, with which the merchant redirects the consumer to the wallet to complete the authorization.

How it works

The following figure illustrates the account binding workflow of Auto Debit.

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Figure 9. Account binding workflow

1-2. The merchant sends a request to Alipay+ to get Alipay+ payment method information.

3-4. The user selects Alipay+ for binding. Then the merchant sends a request to Alipay+ through the ACQP to get the Alipay+ authorization URL.

5-7. Alipay+ sends a request to the MPP to get the MPP auth URL, which is eventually returned to the merchant. Then the merchant redirects the user to the MPP auth URL, which is the MPP agreement page.

8-10. The user confirms the account binding on the MPP agreement page. An auth code is then created by the MPP.

11. After completing the account binding, the user is redirected back to the merchant page with the auth code.

12-18. The merchant sends a request to Alipay+ through the ACQP to get the access token with the auth code. After getting the access token, the merchant shows the agreement result page to the user.

Get started

To get started with the Alipay+ integration, see Get started with Alipay+ integration.

For more information about how to integrate the Auto Debit functionalities, see Integration overview for Auto Debit.