Sell In-Person, Online, and On-The-Go with Shopify Credit Card Reader


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A terminal or credit card reader is a device that allows you to accept credit card payments by inserting, tapping, swiping or by entering card information.

The card readers are small devices that plug into your POS device. The external reader is a standalone, separate piece of hardware.

Shopify POS and the newly available credit card readers can help you sell your items at pop-up shops, markets, fairs or in your retail store.

Which Shopify Credit Card Reader to Choose

Shopify supported credit card readers accept payments from major types of credit card service providers including Visa, Mastercard, and more.

In Canada, for example, the Swipe card readers aren鈥檛 able to accept payments from debit cards that are Interac. If you want to accept Interac debit cards, you need to use the Moneris terminal.

In the United States, the rules are different. You can accept Apple Pay Cash payments, but only with a supported card reader.

In case you are using an external credit card reader, you need to check with the payment processor to determine which card type your terminal accepts.

The type of Shopify card reader you choose depends on which payment processing services you use, where you are located, and what device you are using to run your Shopify Point of Sale or POS.

Shopify POS supports four different card readers:

The Chip & Swipe Card Reader

Pocket-size and yet powerful, the chip & swipe card reader accepts Visa, Mastercard, Discover, and American Express.

It is a very secure device – the chip technology protects you and your customers. With a certified EMV chip technology, you can rest assured knowing your data is protected.

With this Shopify card reader, you have the flexibility to run your business anytime, anywhere from any device. You can sell online, in-person or on-the-go.

  • Compatible payment providers (iOs): Shopify Payments
  • Compatible payment providers (Android): Shopify Payments
  • Supported countries: United States
  • You can use the Swipe (audio-jack) card reader, Swipe (30 pin) card reader or Swipe (Lightning) card reader.


The Swipe card readers

Swipe (audio-jack) card reader is a low-cost solution for businesses that are operating mobile. The card reader plugs into the audio jack of your smartphone device. This card reader is a good option for those who are just getting started with accepting credit card payments. It has no wires which makes it perfect for use at markets, fairs or pop-up locations.

Swipe (30 pin) card reader has a robust design and is specially created for large volumes of card swipes. It plugs straight into your iPhone or iPad and has no wires. The design looks more powerful than the Swipe (audio-jack) card reader.

Swipe (Lightning) card reader is a lightweight but robust device. It plugs into your iPhone or iPad and has no wires. It is perfect for merchants who are mobile and for those who regularly accept credit card payments.

  • Compatible payment providers (iOs): Shopify Payments or POS-supported payment provider
  • Compatible payment providers (Android): Shopify Payments
  • Supported countries: Canada

The Tap, Chip, and Swipe card reader

You can use the Tap, Chip, and Swipe card reader from Shopify to accept credit cards, as well as, contactless payments with the Shopify POS app.

The reader meets the EMV payment standard which prevents credit card frauds and counterfeiting. If you are using a non-compliant device, your business will be exposed to greater risk.

With its optional stand and wireless design, the Tap, Chip, and Swipe card reader is a versatile device that suits both physical and mobile store settings. You can take the device to markets, fairs, and pop-up locations.

If you are running a physical store, you can combine the card reader with the optional stand for a more professional checkout counter. Also, you will keep the card reader charged 24/7.

The Tap, Chip, and Swipe card reader accepts Visa, Mastercard, Discover, American Express, Android Pay, and Apple Pay.

  • Compatible payment providers (iOs): Shopify Payments
  • Compatible payment providers (Android): N/A
  • Supported countries: United States, United Kingdom, and Ireland

The Moneris iPP320 terminal

If you are currently using Shopify Point of Sale for iPad you can use the Moneris iPP320 terminal to accept, tap, chip and swipe card payments.

You can use the terminal to accept payments from all popular debit and credit cards, contactless payments like Android Pay and Apple Pay, and etc.

The Moneris terminal is designed for Canadian merchants with a permanent retail location. It is the best solution for Canadian merchants who want to offer a plethora of payment options to their customers.

This Shopify-supported card reader operates in English and French and accepts Interac-only cards.

The Moneris card terminal lowers the risk of errors that might happen if you were to use an external credit card terminal. With such, you would need to enter every transaction amount and document the sale in Shopify POS. The process is time-consuming and prone to lots of errors.

The terminal is integrated with Shopify POS which means the app is in charge of the transaction. This process prevents errors and is much quicker.

  • Compatible payment providers (iOs): Payment is processed by Moneris (via app)
  • Compatible payment providers (Android): N/A
  • Supported countries: Canada

Why Sell with Shopify POS and Card Reader

Shopify Point of Sale integrates with your ecommerce store and automatically updates your orders, inventory, and customers in real time and it also works in India | Australia |United Kingdom |Canada | Usa.

You will have more time focusing on what you do best – running a successful business online.

The new card readers offer you a quicker and safer way to get paid. When the customer wants to check out, tap a product to add to the shopping cart, accept the payment, and email the receipt. It is as simple as that.

We also encourage you to upgrade to the Retail Package, especially if you are looking for more tools to run your online store smoothly. You can benefit from seamless hardware integrations, simple staff management, gift cards, and more.

Are you ready to order your card reader and sell anywhere?

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