The fastest way to retry a failed or declined payment is to add a brand-new payment method.
Follow the steps below to retry your payment:
- Hover over your top-right profile avatar to expand the user menu
- Click on Manage memberships from the menu
- Click the Retry link for the creator whose payment declined
- Click on the Add new payment method button*
- Choose your new payment method and complete the form
- Click the Retry Payment button – the payment may automatically retry once you submit your new payment details, in which case you’re all set!
*On this page, you can also re-enter your original payment method information to retry the same method.
My payment is still failing or declining
If your payment still isn’t processing, there’s likely an authorisation issue with the card network or issuing bank.
Credit card declines
Reach out to your bank for information and assistance. Your bank may have restrictions that exclude subscription transactions. A quick call with them can clear things up. If you get the “Okay” from your bank, go through the steps above to retry your payment.
If your PayPal transaction isn’t going through, contact PayPal’s support team for more information. We have a limited view of declined payments through PayPal but the PayPal team can check your account for the reason behind the declined payment.
If you’ve revoked Patreon’s access to your PayPal wallet in the past, only PayPal can undo that action.
Why was my payment declined?
Here are common reasons that payments will fail or be declined:
- Expired credit card information
- Incorrect payment details
- The issuing bank has blocked the transaction
- Patreon’s authorisation has been revoked (most often with PayPal)
- Insufficient funds
We recommend that you reach out to your bank or PayPal directly to get more details on the reason for the declined payment and clear things up. Asking that they authorise future payments from Patreon can fix recurring issues.
Will you try to process my payment again?
We retry declined membership payments throughout the month. If your payment method is up to date and has available funds, we’ll send you a confirmation email once we successfully process your payment.
You can also click the Retry button from your Billing History to trigger a retry.
While your payment is being declining with a creator, you won't have patron-only access until the payment is resolved (processed successfully).