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Handle Late Authorized Payments

Late authorized payments are rare situations, as only less than 0.5% of the total payments get late authorized. The payments that are late authorized and not captured are auto-refunded in 5 days.

Based on your business needs, you can decide how to handle payments that may get late authorized. This largely depends on whether you can provide services for the late authorized payment.

If You Cannot Provide Services for Late Authorized Payments🔗

Ignore these orders and communicate to the customer. Payments that stay in an Authorized state are auto-refunded to customers within 5 working days (without considering the bank's processing time).

Example If you are an online food delivery service, you need to deliver food immediately on receiving payments. In this case, you cannot wait for late authorization of payments. Ignore this order and inform the customer about order cancellation and auto-refund of any amount that may have got debited from the customer's account.

Handy Tips
Auto refunds are issued within 5 days. However, if you want to issue a refund instantly, you can capture the payment and issue a refund as per your requirements. Know more about Refunds.

If You Want to Provide Services Later🔗

You can keep a track of these payments and fulfil the order when it is authorized.

Example If you are an online marketplace merchant, who sells clothes and accessories, you can mark the order as 'pending' in your system and deliver the order when the payment gets authorized.

Communicate with Your Customers
When customers reach out to you about a payment that was debited from their bank accounts before the successful order completion, ensure that you clearly communicate the payment status and how you will be handling it. You can choose to send out a message such as the following:

CopyIf your order has failed, any amount debited will be auto-refunded in 5 working days (not considering your bank's processing time).

Payment Capture Settings🔗

This is the easiest way to handle late authorization. This feature gives you control over which payments should be auto-captured and which payments should be auto-refunded by allowing you to:

  • Automatically capture all payments.
  • Setup custom timeouts for automatic and manual capture.
  • Manually capture all payments.

Know more about Payment Capture settings.

Order API🔗

Order API makes it easier to handle cases of late authorization in the following ways:

  • It clubs multiple payment attempts against the same order. If one of the payments is successful and another attempt gets Late Authorized, the late authorized payment is refunded immediately, and only successful payment is marked against the Order.

  • Allows you to auto-capture payments based on the parameters passed in the Orders API. Capture values passed in the Orders API take precedence over the Payment Capture settings configured on the Razorpay Dashboard.

Webhooks🔗

Webhooks send you notifications when payments move to the Authorized state. The webhook payment.authorized sends you a notification when the payment you were expecting to be Late Authorized moves to Authorized state.

You can send email notifications to your customers about the payment status, asking them to take further action to deliver the service. You can set up webhooks from the Razorpay Dashboard. Know more about webhooks documentation.

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