Shopify Hardware

It was an eCommerce pioneer back in 2006, then grew to iPad POS in 2013, and today it essentially manages the world. Of course, I’m talking about Shopify hardware.

The Shopify POS hardware’s worldwide dominance, as well as one of my favorite aspects about it, is that it is very transparent in disclosing every component of hardware with which its point of sale system interacts.

This makes sourcing equipment simple, purchasing the right bundle through Shopify straight, or checking to see if you can utilize any existing POS hardware a snap.

However, selecting the appropriate Shopify hardware configuration for your firm may be difficult.

The hardware you’ll be able to choose from will vary depending on a variety of things, including your device, Shopify plan, credit card processor, and country where you reside.

Your specific selling requirements will also impact your hardware needs, for example. Cashless firms do not require a cash drawer.

Continue reading to discover everything there is to know about Shopify hardware, including what you’ll need, how much it’ll cost you, where to get it, and how to get the most bang for your buck if you’re on a budget.

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How Much Does Shopify Hardware Cost?

Shopify Hardware cost

On Shopify’s website, you can find pricing for a variety of Shopify hardware. For as low as $29 per month, you may begin selling on your phone or tablet.

If you want a full countertop register with a cash drawer, receipt printer, and so on, you may save money by buying a package that will cost around $500 more if you already have an iPad.

You have the option of purchasing your POS hardware components one at a time, or in a package.

Through Affirm Financing, you may also be able to buy certain hardware in monthly payments.

Shopify iPad Stands

  • iPad Mini Stand: $119
  • Shopify Retail Stand For iPad: $149
  • iPad Pro Stand 12.9″ (3rd Gen): $169
  • Shopify 9.7″ iPad Swivel Stand: $139
  • iPad Pro Stand 12.9″: $169
  • iPad Stand 10.2″: $129

Shopify Card Readers

  • Shopify Tap & Chip Case (For iPhone X/Xs): $19
  • Shopify Tap & Chip Card Reader: $49
  • Shopify Chip & Swipe Reader: $29
  • Shopify Dock for Tap & Chip Reader: $39

Shopify Cash Drawers

  • 16″ Star Micronics Cash Drawer: $139
  • 13″ Star Micronics Cash Drawer: $139

Shopify Receipt Printers

  • Star Micronics Bluetooth Receipt Printer: $349
  • Star Micronics Wi-Fi Receipt Printer: $359
  • Star Micronics Wired Receipt Printer: $289

Shopify Hardware Bundles

  • Star mPOP With Scanner: $569
  • Custom Kit: Starts at $539
  • Star mPOP Basic: $439
  • Shopify Retail Kit: $229

You may also get Shopify hardware from their website, including barcode scanners, receipt paper, and other accessories. The pricing of all Shopify hardware is available on its online hardware store.

Can I Buy Third-Party Hardware For Shopify POS?

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Yes, you may buy Shopify-compatible POS hardware from a third party, with the exception of card readers, which must be purchased directly from Shopify.

It should be simple to comparison shop for goods like iPad stands, cash drawers, and barcode scanners on Amazon, Staples, or even eBay since Shopify provides the same model numbers for the equipment you may use.

The pricing for Shopify’s hardware is reasonable, but you may get a better price on certain goods elsewhere; just double-check the item model number to ensure compatibility.

Shopify provides 24/7 assistance for that hardware and risk-free 30-day returns, which is a benefit of purchasing it directly from them.

A third-party hardware vendor may or may not give you the same level of security. Even if that firm offers assistance, it’s typically preferable to get POS hardware support from your POS software provider since they’ll have a better understanding of how the hardware works with the software and payment processing system.

Some of the more expensive hardware goods, such as receipt printers, label printers, iPad stands, and hardware packages, can be financed through Shopify. Third-party merchants may or may not provide equipment financing, but if you finance your POS hardware, make sure you’re receiving adequate terms on the loan.

Which Shopify Hardware is Available for You to Buy?

You can either buy POS hardware from Shopify or seek for a reputable third-party vendor that sells Shopify-compatible goods, such as iPad stands and receipt printers. A card reader is the only thing you’ll need to buy from Shopify in order to use the Shopify POS software.

Check out the Shopify Hardware store to learn more about all of Shopify’s own hardware choices.

Here’s a summary of our favorite Shopify POS solutions.

All-in-on Shopify POS Systems and Bundles

For smaller or growing firms, Shopify offers complete retail POS kits and bundles. These may help you save money by allowing you to buy all of the necessary hardware and add-ons for your company rather than purchasing them separately.

Here are the most useful, popular retail POS kits for setting up your store:

Shopify Retail Kit 10.2″/Air 10.5

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The Shopify Retail Kit includes a tap and chip card reader, a dock for tap and chip readers, and a retail stand for your iPad. Occasionally out of stock owing to its high demand, it comes with a tap and chip card reader, as well as a dock for tap and chip readers.

The start of any retail POS system is the same, but you may always build on it by including barcode readers, receipt printers, and cash drawers in your shopping cart.

The simplicity of this module makes it an ideal first, second, or tenth POS command center in your retail shop.

This is the only package that works with 10.2″/Air 10.5″ iPads, but the specs vary depending on the newest version of the iPad and when Shopify updates its stands to match them.

The Samsung Tap and Chip Card Reader is compatible with Android, iOS, and Bluetooth. You also get a Shopify Mini Dock Cable and a mounting kit to assemble and connect the hardware.

An iPad is not included with the Shopify hardware.

Pricing

The price for this particular version is not presently available, but it costs around $220 on average. A simplified retail bundle costing $159 is also available. The main distinction is that it does not require a mini dock cable. For the same price, the Retail Bundle 9.7″ includes a smaller iPad mount in addition to other features.

Start-up Bundle 9.7″ or 10.2″/Air 10.5

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The Standard Bundle comes in a number of sizes, but the price is the same. You select the iPad’s size, so the bigger difference between versions is the retail stand that supports it. For example, you may choose from the 10.2″/Air 10.5″ iPad Startup Bundle or the 9.7″

The specs are enticing for firms requiring almost all retail equipment in one package, including an iPad stand, barcode scanner, cash drawer, and receipt printer. You also get a mounting kit and a Shopify Chip and Swipe card reader as standard.

By integrating your ecommerce platform with Shopify’s equipment, you’ll be able to do it all in a few seconds. A shopper comes into your retail shop seeking to buy something, then you can scan the item, authorize a card payment, and print a receipt all within a few seconds.

When it comes to the types of products that are included in this bundle, you have a lot of alternatives. The Bluetooth, WiFi, or wired internet connection versions are available for the receipt printer.

You may change the size and color of your cash drawer, as well as the barcode scanner. Not to mention the choice between a 1D or 2D scanner.

Pricing: $789.

It appears that increasing the amount of cash drawers or adding 2D barcode scanners to a product does not raise the price at all.

Star mPOP Bundles

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You may buy receipt printers and cash drawers separately through Shopify, but you may also get an mPOP bundle that combines the two, cuts the price a bit, and allows you to acquire the whole package in one go.

Shopify offers three mPOP bundles: Star mPOP with Scanner, Star mPOP Basic, and mPOP Receipt Printer Rolls.

The Star mPOP with Scanner bundle includes a Bluetooth-enabled device, four bill compartments, and six money compartments, making it ideal for keeping cash in your wallet or purse. Set up your iPad on a basic stand, use the included roll of printer paper to print receipts, and utilize the 1D barcode scanner. These bundles include an internal power supply by default.

We should bear in mind that the mPOP packages are only available for iOS and not Android.

Pricing

The Star mPOP with Scanner bundle starts at $639.

Star mPOP Basic costs $499.

The cost of a roll of mPOP receipt printer paper is $29. As previously stated, you get one roll free when you buy the machine.

DYMO Backoffice Starter Kit

The DYMO Backoffice Starter Kit has all of the equipment you’ll need to get your retail store’s back office up and running. It includes a printer for printing shipping labels and another for printing barcode labels for inventory, in a single package.

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The following are the printer models that handle Shopify labels: You may print 46″ stickers on these printers. Two rolls of shipping labels are included in the package so you can get started with your back-office operation.

A USB connection enables your computer to communicate with the printer. It also requires the DYMO software, which is included with the printers. There are alternatives for producing smaller-sized labels and address labels for items about to be sent out to clients.

We recommend this bundle for business owners who want to send out items, whether they’re phone orders, in-store purchases, or those that come through your ecommerce website.

Everything you’ll need to print your own labels, from the required USB cables to adaptors and power connections, is included in this package. The primary equipment consists of a DYMO LabelWriter 450 Label Printer, as well as a 4XL Label Printer.

Pricing: $489

DYMO eCommerce Shipping Bundle

The DYMO Ecommerce Shipping Bundle includes equipment for back-office needs as well as shipping out for online purchases. You may weigh, print out shipping labels, and connect to your computer to manage all labels and orders online with this package.

If you need to weigh and label products before sending them to clients, this package is a good deal. You get the DYMO LabelWriter 4XL Label Printer, two rolls of labels, a USB cable, adapter, and power cable in this bundle.

The DYMO scale is capable of handling products weighing up to 25 pounds, and there’s a converter for added security.

Pricing: $329

Tablet Devices

To construct a POS with your own iPads, Shopify sells complimentary gear. As a result, no equipment is included in any of the goods you buy from Shopify.

In fact, there are no reputable third-party sellers of Shopify POS systems that include iPads in their packages. That’s probably because Apple has exclusive retail partners and sells the majority of its goods in Apple Stores or on its own website.

Regardless, you must acquire tablets or smartphones and connect them to the Shopify POS system separately.

The majority of Shopify POS systems are designed for iPads, which means you’ll need one. The chip and tap swipe readers, on the other hand, work with Android devices as well. Despite the fact that we’ve seen some Shopify POS support for Android tablets, it isn’t nearly as widespread.

Card Readers

Magstripe readers are used in most retail settings. They’re the primary point through which consumers tap, swipe, or insert their credit card to make a purchase.

Many payment processors (like Square) provide free swipers for this, but they’re typically only suitable for tapping a card directly into your smartphone.

The Shopify hardware card readers can handle chips, swiped cards, and non-touch taps, among other things.

The following Shopify card readers are available in the Shopify hardware store on a regular basis.

Note: Card readers are the only piece of equipment that you must purchase directly from Shopify. The Shopify POS software doesn’t support third-party card readers.

Chip and Swipe Reader

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The Chip and Swipe Reader, as the name implies, accepts swipes and chip payments. It’s possible to utilize the reader as a portable solution, but it also acts as a tool for controlling your entire retail operation; simply get as many as you need.

The card reader is compatible with any permanent or new POS retail system and connects to other gadgets using Bluetooth communication. You may connect to Apple and Android devices, as well as meet Visa Ready and PCI DSS standards for credit card payments. When linked to your device, the card reader displays a screen that records signatures after a transaction is completed.

The Chip and Swipe Reader is a simple retail experience with a sturdy base for your counter, a chip reader, a micro USB, and a travel bag for carrying the swiper. Finally, this Shopify hardware includes an “Accepted Here” sticker to display in your store window.

Pricing: $29

Shopify Tap and Chip Card Reader

The Tap and Chip Card reader, on the other hand, has a more modern design that combines credit card tap technology with the traditional chip reader from conventional POS hardware.

The swiper, which might be a pain for some users, but it improves the security of both you and the consumer, is removed in this reader.

tap and chip card reader

Overall, you may use your existing retail POS or connect this reader with other Shopify hardware you buy. Customers can then make contactless payments or choose to insert their card’s chip after that.

Other benefits of a card reader with this functionality include the fact that they can take all major credit cards as well as alternative payment systems such as Google and Apple Pay.

This card reader, like all Shopify credit card readers, connects to mobile phones or tablets via Bluetooth.

It’s also inconvenient to carry around if you’re going to events where you’ll be selling items. The reader is equipped with a USB charger.

Pricing: $49

Shopify Dock for Tap and Chip Reader

The Shopify Dock was designed more for brick-and-mortar businesses than online shops. It’s a little thicker and includes a contactless tap reader with a card chip insertion.

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For inserting a card into the chip slot, the Dock has an ergonomic design that makes it simple to do so. It’s also built in such a way that it stays in one place on your countertop, with a mounting mechanism that fastens it to the surface.

The same reader as before, but on a stand for a more sturdy, pleasant card reading experience.

The reader comes with a bolt and nut for installation, as well as a charging USB cable. The mount also maintains your card reader charged at all times, which is convenient.

Pricing: $39

Shopify Tap and Chip Case

Because it replaces the traditional mobile phone swiper and enables you to attach a contemporary tap and chip reader to your smartphone, this piece of equipment is a must-have for all traveling merchants.

tap and chip case - Shopify POS hardware

The product is a phone case that contains a chip and tap card reader on the backside of your phone for collecting payments wherever you go. You must purchase the Shopify Tap & Chip Reader separately before connecting it to the case.

The app is only compatible with iPhone devices. There’s also companion software for managing your business on the move.

Pricing: $19

iPad Stands

An iPad, card reader, and possibly a printer, scanner, and cash drawer are all necessary components of an optimal POS setup. However, placing the iPad on the counter may be unprofessional.

That’s why an iPad stand is such an important component of every Shopify POS setup. To accommodate your tablet, Shopify provides a number of stands to help you prop it up for customers and add additional functions like rotating.

Here are some of the top iPad stands for keeping and installing Shopify hardware.

Shopify Retail Stand (For Multiple iPad Sizes)

The Shopify Retail Stands can accommodate a wide range of iPad sizes, so make sure you pick the one that is appropriate for your iPad’s construction. The current stands, for example, include options for 9.7″ and 10.2″ iPads as well as 10.5″ iPad Airs.

retail stand

The sleek and sturdy stand hooks up to the iPad Pro smoothly and securely, so your cashiers and clients can view a slick interface while they sign or submit tips. It includes a detachable cover, allowing you to slip the iPad Pro into it before connecting it to the stand.

The stand is easy to attach, and once installed, it locks in place for immediate POS usage. It also has a mechanism to bend back and forth so that the screen may be seen by someone on the other side.

The stand maintains your iPad charged at all times and gives you access to two additional charging ports for other gadgets such as a card reader, barcode scanner, or phone. The power adapter, AC cable, and iPad case are included with the stand.

Pricing: $149

Shopify iPad Swivel Stand

The iPad Swivel Stand is a more versatile way to face the screen towards customers or others. Shopify’s one only works with one size of iPad, but maybe future versions will be available.

iPad swivel stand

The Swivel Stand is designed with robust aluminum for a lightweight yet durable structure. You can mount the stand on your counter using hooks, then rotate the iPad’s view with the circular swivel beneath the stand.

This is a more in-home display than one you’d take on the road. We like it the most for people who want a contemporary aesthetic while still keeping things simple and secure with the cable lock and sturdy installation techniques.

It’s also easy to set up the stand without mounting it in place on a counter or cash drawer. The product comes with a tamper-resistant bracket set, a swivel base for rotating, an assembly package, and of course, the stand.

Pricing: $129

Eddy Tablet Stand

The Eddy Tablet Stand is a beautiful and adaptable POS system with a tilting and rotating mechanism. This feature ensures that your tablet is at the proper height for the customer to see, and it allows you to move it for them.

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One of the most important reasons to consider this tablet stand is that it works with every iPad model. You may also utilize some iPhone versions. In reality, the closing brackets appear to be made for no particular brand, therefore we’ve discovered that several Android devices fit as well.

The tray is ideal for cable management, allowing you to keep your countertop tidy. A fixing kit, several tablet supports, and a stand are all included in the box.

Furthermore, the stand is compatible with the Kensington Microsaver Lock to improve protection. That lock isn’t included.

Pricing: $149

Universal Tablet Stand

The Shopify-approved Universal Tablet Stand can support virtually any type of tablet, regardless of who makes it.

At the end of the day, you can choose an Android or Apple tablet and compare it to other tablets like Kindles or Samsung products. The mount attaches to the back of your device and clicks into the stand after that.

universal tablet stand - Shopify POS hardware

You’ll get the pivot stand and a tablet adaptor in order for everything to work together. This is best for folks who have no idea what sort of tablets they will buy or already own Androids.

Overall, the Universal Tablet Stand has a variety of ways to attach it to a counter, pivot between the merchant and customer positions, and fasten it to any surface you like.

Pricing: $99

iPad Pro Stand

The Shopify iPad Pro Stand will generally support the most recent two or three versions of iPad Pros. It has a stronger foundation for the heavier tablet as well as a rotational feature inside the base that allows you to spin its viewpoint to see it from different perspectives.

iPad pro stand

The device also includes a 6-foot long, USB connection. The cables are hidden within the stand for better cable management.

This is a little plastic mount with rubber feet, which appears to be a tried-and-true fixture for everyday use since it can take a beating and remain stationary on the counter. It also has a matte powdered surface for some flair.

Everything from an extended USB cable to a sturdy base and a rotation base is included in the bundle.

Pricing: $219

Barcode Scanners, Printers, and Labels

The Shopify Hardware store offers two types of barcode scanners: 1D and 2D. The names explain it all, with options for scanning 1D barcodes or more sophisticated 2D barcodes depending on your configuration.

The 1D scanner is compatible with Code 128, EAN, and UPC. QR and PDF417 codes may be registered using the 2D scanner. You can choose whether to have a black or white color scanner (you can’t mix them), as well as whether to use Bluetooth to navigate your shop.

Shopify’s scanners are quite effective, as they include both notifications and vibrations, as well as antimicrobial capabilities.

Scanner Pricing

$229 to $329

You may purchase a scanner cradle for $49.

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There are many different types and sizes of Shopify barcode printers. They don’t always accomplish the same task, either. For instance, the DYMO LabelWriter prints shipping labels. Outside of a retail store, there are barcode printers that work wirelessly, as well as tiny versions for taking with you.

Barcode Printer Pricing

The printers start at $119 and go up to $499. Barcode labels for printers cost between $19 and $25.

Shopify POS hardware printers

Receipt Printers and Paper

Occasionally, as a result of poor management or technological limitations, receipt printing is required in addition to barcode printing. Some individuals still want to save money on paper, which is understandable. Yet, some clients prefer a hard copy instead of receiving one via email.

You can purchase a receipt printer and the paper required with it to enable that.

Receipt printers that connect via Bluetooth, Wifi, and USB are available from Shopify. If you choose the Bluetooth option, you’ll be able to print 60 receipts per minute.

This one also has a wall mount bracket for stability, or you may just put it on the countertop and appreciate the sleek design. The majority of these printers are great because you won’t have to worry about toner or ink since they’re all run on thermal technology.

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Receipt Printer Pricing

From $299 to $369. Receipt printer paper starts at $29 and goes up to $89 per roll.

Cash Drawers

In today’s cashless payment environment, having a cash drawer may seem unusual to new businesses. Experienced retailers, on the other hand, are well aware that it isn’t always as simple as telling a customer you only take credit cards.

Some people insist on paying with cash. In some cases, it’s unreasonable or impossible for individuals to obtain credit cards, thus they must resort to using cash. It is dependent on your consumer base, but keeping an eye on consumers’ payment method behaviors can be beneficial to you.

If you cater to a more aged clientele, cash is more common. When you’re selling items at a lower price, it’s also typical to spot cash since clients may just pull out their wallets and see which bills they have to pay the purchase with.

If you discover that a cash drawer is useful for your company, Shopify has various alternatives to explore.

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They’re little cash drawers with locks that store money on the surface. The Shopify versions, on the other hand, connect to receipt printers in your POS system to automatically open when you make a sale.

The drawer may also be opened by physically engaging the opening function. Two sizes are available: 14″ and 16″. The drawers are made of white or black plastic, and they have up to five bills and eight coin slots.

The bulkheads are available in three great finishes: white, black, and natural wood. The drawers come with two media slots, cables, locks to keep the drawers safe at all times, and keys to open them when needed.

The Shopify cash drawers are designed to sit on your retail counter so that you may use an iPad stand and iPad on top.

Cash Drawer Pricing

$139 for a 14″ drawer and $159 for a 16″ drawer.

Shopify Plans That Support Shopify Hardware

The Shopify POS Lite package is available on all Shopify ecommerce platform plans.

You may utilize mobile POS and hardware accessories on any Shopify plan. We recommend reading our Shopify pricing article to learn more about your choices.

While the average credit card rate is around 19%, there are some cards that offer considerably lower rates. The lowest in-person credit card rates start at 2.4 percent plus $0 USD, but they’re not as cheap as they appear.

Here are the in-person credit card rates based on your Shopify plan:

  • Basic Shopify ($29 per month for the plan): 2.7% + 0 credit card fee
  • Shopify ($79 per month for the plan): 2.5% + 0 credit card fee
  • Advanced Shopify ($299 per month for the plan): 2.4% + 0 credit card fee

So, all POS clients begin at the 2.7% credit card fee and decrease as they upgrade their Shopify ecommerce platform plan.

This package includes the Shopify POS Lite software, which establishes your credit card rate, enables mobile POS and hardware add-ons, and provides order and product management tools. Customer profiles may also be created using the program.

The majority of the card readers, iPad stands, and other mobile POS hardware are referred to as “mobile” POS hardware. In fact, unless you’re setting up a more permanent business with several stands, scanners, and printers, you shouldn’t have to worry about upgrading to the Pro POS plan.

However, if you’re not a mobile store, you can’t game Shopify by pretending to be one. As a result, you’ll need to upgrade to the Shopify POS Pro plan for an extra $89 per month per location.

It appears that Shopify considers small businesses to be “mobile retailers,” therefore the most significant reason you’d want to upgrade to the Shopify POS Pro plan is if you need more than one or two registers and staff permissions for a large number of people.

How to Set Up Your Shopify Hardware

The goal of a Shopify POS is to make things as simple and user-friendly as possible, even for non-techies.

A few of the components in most hardware packages, as previously said, are included to construct the complete POS system at your retail shop or for selling on the road.

Some configurations simply need one item of hardware, while the most popular POS combinations include an iPad stand and card reader, or a stand, card reader, and scanner.

You’ll also need an iPad or another comparable gadget (ideally a tablet) to access the Shopify POS interface and perform activities like processing payments, registering discounts, and scanning items into the shopping cart.

Although it’s difficult to cover the entire Shopify hardware setup, we’ll go through the procedure for the most popular hardware so you have enough information for your business.

Let’s start with the POS hardware setup, then go over the extras, such as selecting your Shopify plan and deploying the POS app.

Step 1: Select Your Shopify Hardware

For these specific types of businesses, Shopify recommends the following configurations of equipment:

  • A card reader and an Apple device with the proper software are required for part-time, casual sales operations, pop-up shops, and short-term events.
  • For permanent retail outlets, you’ll need an Apple device, a credit card reader, and a receipt printer.
  • For warehouses or retail enterprises with many locations: a compatible Apple device, card reader, receipt printer, barcode scanner, and cash drawer

Following these guidelines, you may get started with our list of Shopify POS hardware, which is accessible earlier in this post.

You may buy bundles to get everything in one box, and you can even purchase multiple setups to operate many POS terminals in a single retail space.

The Shopify Hardware Shops are available to all merchants in the United States, the United Kingdom, Canada, Ireland, and Australia.

If you’d like to search for those digits from verified third-party sellers, check out Shopify’s model number reference guide. This strategy is ideal for companies not based in any of the aforementioned countries.

Step 2: Connect Your Card Reader

The card reader is where it all begins. That’s the first thing you want to do.

The actual sort of card reader model is determined by your nation and the place you buy it. As a result, they differ based on cables, connectivity elements, and even product design. As a result, if you’re not familiar with Shopify hardware, we recommend consulting the user handbook that came with your reader when setting it up.

Otherwise, here are the most effective actions you can take to turn on and connect your card reader for payment processing:

  1. Locate the Shopify POS app on your iPad or another device.
  2. Turn on Bluetooth for your devices. Check your iPad to see whether the Shopify POS app is compatible with Bluetooth.
  3. Setup Shopify Payments.
  4. To use a credit or debit card to pay at a store, you’ll need to go into the settings menu on your POS app, select Payment Settings from the drop-down menu, then Credit/Debit Shopify Payments. Make sure the Accept Credit Cards At Checkout Button is switched on.
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After that, we’ll go through the steps of installing the card reader hardware.

To access the Connection module, return to the Settings page and click on the bottom right corner of the Connection icon. There’s also a Setup Hardware option farther down on that screen as an alternative.

connected button

You can get there by going to the page where you select a Plan. Select a Plan, and then click the Set Up Hardware button on this page.

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Choose your hardware type.

For this scenario, we’d choose a Card Reader.

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However, keep in mind that you use the same procedure for all other Shopify hardware components, such as receipt printers and barcode scanners, when setting up these devices.

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Shopify sells a variety of card readers. They all have the specified names printed on the product pages, as well as the packaging and usage instructions that come in the package.

Go ahead and click on the one you have.

The Chip and Swipe Reader is a popular reader that we’ll use for this example.

chip and swipe

The Shopify POS software begins looking for hardware (in this case, card readers) in the vicinity.

If you see this, press and hold the white button on the card reader’s side for four seconds. Bluetooth pairing is enabled as a result of this.

scanning for card readers

You should see the model number of your hardware as an option to pair with your iPad. The number on the side of your hardware (for example, your card reader) should match the Shopify POS app’s model number.

After you’ve determined it’s the correct piece of hardware, select Connect from the list.

To complete the installation, open the Tapestry Plus application and select “Finish Setup.” Then go through the step-by-step hardware overview to check that everything is in working order.

And that’s all there is to it!

Return to the Connectivity button to check and maintain the connection of your card reader.

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Of course, all other hardware components, such as scanners and printers, use the same linking method in Shopify POS to connect to your iPad and the POS software.

When it comes to equipment, manuals should be consulted for scales, cash drawers, and all wiring.

Step 3: Add Your Products and Configure Store Settings

You may now use your iPad POS software to interact with customers. However, without items, retail locations, and tax settings, you can’t really run a company.

To allow for the fast entry of items while checking out as well as precise pricing, therefore, go through our last list of setup stages.

  1. Use the Shopify POS app, the Shopify mobile app, or the regular Shopify Admin page in a desktop browser to add your items.
  2. On the Shopify admin, if you need to add all of your commercial locations, do so. Go to Point of Sale > Locations on the Shopify dashboard and then Add Location. You may select a primary retail location and include other shops here.
  3. Set up your tax obligations. The setup process for POS taxes is different than that of online store taxes, so consult the Shopify guide about how to set them up.
  4. Maintain a separate bank account for each payment method. To ensure that the installation is progressing as planned, test various payment types. It’s also a good idea to conduct regular testing of refunded and partial payments. We also advocate utilizing many payment options such as Google Pay, swiping credit cards, and reading credit card chips. Last, treat every piece of your hardware as you would a customer in front of you. To check if the correct goods display on Shopify POS, scan a barcode with the scanner. Check to see whether receipts come out of the printer. Even move the iPad stand around to learn how to swivel it when a customer wants to sign for a payment or split payments between two cards.

Conclusion on Shopify Hardware

Online and brick-and-mortar retailers have distinct characteristics. Some owners like to sell in-store and online, while others prefer to meet with clients at craft and trade exhibitions.

The Shopify platform comprises a wide range of applications, so you’ll have to figure out which one is perfect for your needs. This will entail choosing a domain name and getting website hosting.

But the type of Shopify hardware you choose depends on the unique quality that sets it apart from other businesses.

For example:

  • Retailers that are looking for an elegant solution to showcase their iPad displays may consider purchasing a bundle that includes iPad stands, card readers, and printers.
  • Larger-sized stands are not always required, especially if companies accept payments on the go. On-the-fly retailers must search for smaller card readers and portable stands.
  • Shipping label printers and scales are useful for anybody who needs to print or weigh labels.
  • With a tap and chip reader, as well as a cash drawer, you can give your clients more payment alternatives.
  • Barcode printers, scanners, and the labels that go with them are required for retailers with barcodes.
  • Unless you intend on going paperless or traveling much of your sales, most businesses should use physical receipt printers.

With that in mind, we hope this Shopify hardware buying guide has assisted you in selecting the best goods.

If you have any further questions regarding purchasing or setting up Shopify POS hardware, please let us know in the comments area below.

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