Accepting credit cards as the method of payment

Depending on the hardware that you are using and the payment methods that you accept, a customer can pay for a purchase using a credit card.

Swipe credit payment

You can accept a credit payment with a supported swipe card reader.


Tap and chip credit payments

If you're using the Tap & Chip Reader or the Tap, Chip, and Swipe card reader, then you can accept contactless payments, which include tapped credit cards, Android Pay, and Apple Pay.


External card reader

An external payment provider processes payments for you. You might use an external payment provider if you choose not to use Shopify Payments or, if you are in a region that does not support Shopify payments.

To use an external card terminal, you need to set up an account with a payment processor, then buy or rent a terminal from them, and create a custom payment type in the POS app. When you use the terminal to accept a payment, Shopify POS marks the order as paid while the actual payment is processed by your terminal provider, not Shopify.


Manual credit payment

If you don't have a card reader, or if you are having trouble using your card reader, then you can enter credit card details manually to take payment.


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