Adding and updating products

You can add or update information about a product such as its price, variants, and availability from the Products page in the admin.

Add a new product

To add a new product:

Duplicate a product

To save time when you add a new product, you might want to duplicate a similar product. You can duplicate a product and then make any changes to add the new product.

If you want to add options to a product, such as color or size, then add a variant to the existing product instead of duplicating the product.

To duplicate a product:

Add a new product using Shopify POS

You can create new products from the Products screen in Shopify POS. Products that you create in Shopify POS won't appear on your other sales channels unless you update their availability settings in Shopify.

To create a new product in Shopify POS:

To edit or delete one of your products, you need to open it from the Products page in your Shopify admin. You can't edit or delete products directly in Shopify POS.

Maximum number of products for Shopify POS

Your POS catalog is stored locally on your POS device, and some devices have a maximum number of products that they can store. If your catalog has too many products, then the device might not run the Shopify POS app as expected.

Below are the recommended maximum numbers of products and variants for certain devices:

Device Number of products Number of variants
iPad 2 2,000 4,000
iPad 3 3,000 6,000
iPad 4 3,000 6,000
iPad 5 5,000 8,000
iPad mini (All models) 3,000 6,000
iPad Air 5,000 8,000
iPad Pro 9.7" 5,000 8,000
iPad Pro 10.5" 7,000 10,000
iPad Pro 12.9" 7,000 10,000

Edit a product

After you've created products, you can edit them to change their descriptions, prices, and any other product details.

You can change existing products in the Shopify admin, but you can't change them by using the Shopify POS app.

Saved changes take effect immediately in your online store.

To edit an existing product:

Make products available on your sales channels

You can control where you are selling a product by making it available to your active sales channels. If you decide not to make a product available to a particular sales channel, then it will be hidden from that channel's product catalog. You might hide a product from a sales channel for a variety of reasons:

  • You have seasonal products that you want to display for only part of the year.
  • A product is out of stock but you will have more in stock at a later date.
  • You don't want to sell a product, but you might offer it again later.
  • You want to offer online exclusive, or in-store exclusive products.
  • You don't want to sell a product using a particular sales channel.

Add or remove tags

Tags are searchable keywords associated with your product. Tags can help customers find your product through your online store search, and you can also use them to create automated collections.

Add tags

To add a tag:

Remove tags

To remove tags from a product:

Edit a search engine listing preview

You can edit the way that a product appears in search results on the product's details page:

  1. In the Search engine listing preview section, click Edit website SEO:

    Edit website SEO button

  2. In the Page title field, enter a descriptive title. This title will display as a link in search engine results. You can enter up to 55 characters in the title.

  3. Enter a description for the search engine listing. Make sure to include relevant keywords to help new customers find your link, and to include your business name. You can enter up to 320 characters in the description.

  4. In the URL and handle section, you can edit the web address. In most cases, you won't need to make changes to the web address. If you do make changes, then make sure that you set up URL redirects from the old web address. The URL can't contain any spaces. Handles are used in theme design.

  5. Click Save.

Scan a barcode with your device's camera

You can use the Shopify app to enter a barcode for a product by scanning it with your mobile device's camera.

To scan a barcode with your device's camera:

Delete a product

You can delete a single product, or delete multiple products at once using a bulk action. When you delete a product, it's permanently removed from Shopify. Deleted products can't be restored. If you run out of stock or no longer want to display a product for any reason, but don’t want to permanently delete it from your store, then you can hide the product instead.

To permanently delete a product:

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