Chip & Swipe Reader

Available only from Shopify

Chip & Swipe card reader for Shopify POS

The Shopify Chip & Swipe Reader is an EMV-compliant credit card reader that connects wirelessly to your iPad or iPhone. Customers can insert or swipe their card, and then sign on the screen of your POS device.

Who is the Chip & Swipe Reader for?

The Chip & Swipe Reader is pocket-sized, wireless, and comes with a base to rest on a countertop. It's a good choice if you often sell in different locations, or if you're just getting started with accepting card payments in a retail store.

You can also use the Chip & Swipe Reader alongside another card reader as a cost-effective backup when you're travelling or during busy selling periods.

Card reader requirements and supported payment types

To use the Chip & Swipe Reader, you need to meet the following requirements:

  • a store based in the United States
  • Shopify Payments activated as your store's payment provider
  • a compatible device

The Shopify POS app works with devices which meet the following requirements:

Devices that work with the Shopify POS app
Device Description
iPhone iPhone 5s or better running iOS 12.5.1 or higher
iPad Air Generation 2 or better running iPadOS 12.5.1 or higher
iPad Generation 5 or better running iPadOS 12.5.1 or higher
iPad mini Generation 2 or higher running iPadOS 12.5.1 or higher
iPad Pro All iPad Pro models running iPadOS 12.5.1 or higher
Android Android device running version 7.0 (Nougat) or higher

iOS 14 permission requirements

If you have updated your device to iOS 14 or higher and use third-party Shopify apps, then you might need to enable Cross-Website tracking in your iOS settings. Cross-Website tracking lets third-party Shopify apps that you have installed in your Shopify admin stay connected in Shopify Inbox, Shopify Point of Sale, and the Shopify mobile app.

To enable Cross-Website tracking, complete the following steps:

  1. Open the Settings app on your device.
  2. Tap Shopify, Shopify POS, or Shopify Inbox.
  3. Enable Allow Cross-Website Tracking.

You can use the Chip & Swipe Reader to accept the following payment types:

  • American Express
  • Discover
  • Mastercard and Debit Mastercard
  • Visa and Visa Debit

Mount the Chip & Swipe Reader

The Chip & Swipe Reader comes with two mounting stickers, which you can use to attach it to another device (such as the back of a cellphone or tablet) or a smooth, flat surface. If you detach your Chip & Swipe Reader, then the mounting sticker can be wiped clean and re-used.

Clean the mounting surface and the Chip & Swipe Reader before attaching the mounting sticker to ensure a strong bond.

To mount the Chip & Swipe Reader: 1. Remove the protective film from one side of the mounting sticker. 2. Attach the mounting sticker to the back of the Chip & Swipe Reader (the side with no logo). 3. Remove the remaining protective film from the mounting sticker. 4. Press the sticker side of the Chip & Swipe Reader against the mounting surface and hold for 3 seconds.

Power the Chip & Swipe Reader on and off

To turn on the Chip & Swipe Reader, press and release the power button on the side of the reader. The status light turns on. If you've already paired and connected the reader with your POS device, then the reader automatically connects to the device.

After 30 seconds of inactivity, the Chip & Swipe Reader goes into standby mode, and the status light flashes every 5 seconds. While in standby mode, the card reader turns on automatically when you take a card payment at checkout.

After 3 hours of inactivity, the Chip & Swipe Reader turns itself off fully. When you next want to take a card payment, you need to press and release the power button to turn on the card reader again. Typically you need to turn on the card reader only once a day. You can manually turn off the reader at any time by pressing and holding the power button until the status light turns off.

The Chip & Swipe Reader status light

Whenever the Chip & Swipe Reader is turned on, its status light shows the reader's connection status and whether the reader needs to be charged:

How to interpret the Chip and Swipe reader status light
Continuous flashing The card reader is ready to connect to a POS device.
Flashing every 5 seconds The card reader is in standby mode.
Green The card reader is charged.
Yellow The card reader is charging.
Red The card reader's battery is at 10% and the reader should be charged.
No light The card reader is turned off.

You can continue to make sales when the status light turns red, but you should charge the reader soon.

Charge the Chip & Swipe Reader

You can charge the Chip & Swipe Reader by using the USB cable that's supplied with it. To charge the reader, plug the micro USB connector into the card reader or its base, and then plug the larger USB connector into a phone charger or computer.

The Chip & Swipe Reader takes 1-2 hours to charge fully. After the reader is fully charged, its battery should last for a week of selling (about 400 chip transactions, or 700 swipe transactions).

Pair and connect the Chip & Swipe Reader to your POS device

To use the card reader with Shopify POS, you need to pair and connect the reader with your device. After the reader and device are paired, the reader connects to the device automatically whenever both are turned on and in range.

If you accept credit cards and your card reader is not connected during a checkout, then you are prompted to follow the instructions on the Shopify POS screen to connect it.


  1. From Shopify POS, tap > Settings.

  2. Tap Set up hardware.

  3. On the Set up hardware page, tap Card reader.

  4. On the Select your card Reader page, tap Chip & Swipe.

  5. Press and release the power button on the side of the card reader. The status light starts flashing.

  6. When the card reader appears beneath Available card readers, tap Pair card reader beside it.

  7. Tap Finish setup.

When the pairing is successful, you return to the Hardware screen where you see that the Chip & Swipe Reader is connected.

Unpair the Chip & Swipe Reader from your POS device

You can use the Chip & Swipe Reader with only one device at a time. If you want to use the card reader with another device, then you need to first unpair it from its current device.


  1. From Shopify POS, tap > Settings.

  2. On the Hardware screen, tap Manage connected hardware.

  3. Tap the name of your connected card reader.

  4. Tap Forget card reader.

Update the Chip & Swipe reader software

Your Chip & Swipe card reader might require a software update. Updating the Chip & Swipe card reader can take up to 15 minutes.

  1. Connect your card reader and iPad to their charging cables.

  2. Pair your card reader with your iPad.

  3. From the Shopify POS, tap > Settings.

  4. Tap Manage connected hardware.

  5. Select your card reader.

  6. Under Update available, Tap View details.

  7. Tap Update.

Accept payment with the Chip & Swipe Reader

  1. From the Shopify POS, tap Checkout. If the Tap & Chip Reader is connected, it displays Swipe or Insert card at the top of the screen.

  2. Allow the customer to swipe or insert their card. The chip must face up towards the Shopify logo.

  3. If an account selection is required, then the customer must select either a checking or savings account. Depending on the bank that the customer uses, they might also be prompted to select which language to complete the transaction in.

  4. Allow the customer to discretely enter their PIN on the PIN entry screen. After the customer completes the entry of their PIN, they tap the green button with the checkmark logo.

  5. When the transaction is successful, the customer can remove their card and you can choose whether to provide a receipt.

  6. Tap Done.

Troubleshoot the Chip & Swipe Reader

If your card reader isn't working, then go through the following steps with a test order for a 1.00 quick sale item (you can refund the order later):

  1. Check that you meet the requirements to use the Chip & Swipe Reader.

  2. Check that you have an internet connection. Shopify POS needs to connect to the internet through Wi-Fi or your device's cellular data to process payments. If you can't connect to the internet, then you can't process card payments.

    If you don't meet all the requirements, then you can still take credit card payments using an external payment terminal.

  3. Check that your device has Bluetooth enabled and that the card reader is showing as connected in the Shopify POS hardware settings. If the card reader isn't showing as connected, then try pairing the card reader with your device.

  4. Make sure that you're tapping Credit at the payments screen. The External terminal payment option is only for when you're using an external payment terminal instead of a Shopify-supported card reader.

  5. Make sure that you're inserting or swiping the card correctly.

  6. Try entering the credit card information manually. If this works, then there's a problem with the card reader.

  7. If the manual entry doesn't work, then force quit the Shopify POS app, and then turn off the device and card reader. Turn the device back on, open Shopify POS, and then turn on the card reader. When the card reader's status light shows that the reader's connected, try another test order.

If your card reader's still not working, then contact Shopify Support.

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