A credit card reader or terminal is a device that you can use to accept credit and debit card payments by tapping, inserting, or swiping cards, or by manually entering card information. Card readers are typically small card-swipe devices that plug into your Shopify POS device. An external reader is usually a separate, standalone piece of hardware.
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Accepted card types
Shopify's supported card readers accept payment from all major types of credit card, as well as Debit Mastercard and Visa Debit cards.
In Canada, the Swipe card readers can't accept payment from debit cards that are Interac only (for example, Interac cards that aren't Debit Mastercard or Visa Debit).
If you are in the United States, then you can also accept Apple Pay Cash payments with a supported card reader.
If you use an external card reader, then you need to check with your payment processor which card types your terminal accepts.
Choose a card reader
Which card reader you choose depends on where you're located, which payment provider you use, and what device you're using to run Shopify POS.
Shopify POS has several supported card readers:
- The Tap & Chip reader
- The Chip & Swipe reader
- The Swipe card readers
- The Tap, Chip, and Swipe card reader
- The WisePad 3 terminal
These supported card readers are integrated with Shopify POS, so you can take a payment from Shopify POS, and then the details for the transaction appears in Shopify in the order's Timeline. To use a supported card reader, your store needs to be in a supported country and use a compatible payment provider.
You can also use an unsupported external card reader. You can find an external terminal provider anywhere in the world, and because the payment is processed outside of Shopify, you don't have to set up a specific payment provider in your Shopify admin.
The disadvantages of an external terminal are that you need an account with your terminal provider, and that Shopify shows the payment status of an order but not any transaction details.
|Card reader||Supported countries||Compatible payment providers (iOS)|
|Tap & Chip Reader||United States and Canada||Shopify Payments|
|Chip & Swipe Reader||United States||Shopify Payments|
|Tap, Chip, and Swipe (EMV) card reader||United Kingdom and Ireland||Shopify Payments|
|WisePad 3 terminal||United Kingdom, Ireland, Germany, European Union, Australia, and New Zealand||Shopify Payments|
|Swipe (audio-jack) card reader||Canada||Shopify Payments or a POS-supported payment provider|
|Swipe (30 pin) card reader||Discontinued||Shopify Payments or a POS-supported payment provider|
|Swipe (Lightning) card reader||Discontinued||Shopify Payments or a POS-supported payment provider|
|External card terminal||Anywhere||Payment is processed by your terminal provider outside of Shopify.|