Requesting access to a client's store

You can use collaborator accounts to access your clients' stores directly through your own Partner Dashboard. Collaborator accounts give you access to only the sections of a store that your client wants you to see, and do not count towards a store's staff limit. Any stores that you have access to by using a collaborator account are labeled as Managed stores in your Partner Dashboard.


You can use collaborator accounts to log in to a store only through the Stores page in your Partner Dashboard. Since collaborator accounts don't have passwords, you can't use them to log in to a store through the Shopify app.

If you need to access a client's store by using the Shopify app, then your client should add a staff account for you with the correct account permissions.

Request access

If you want a collaborator account for a client's store, then you need to send a request to the store owner through your Partner Dashboard. You can also send your client this article to explain how collaborator accounts work.

If you already have a staff account for the client's store or have been invited by the store owner to activate a staff account (but not yet activated it), then your request for a collaborator account prompts the store owner to update your current account permissions to reflect those of your collaborator account.

To request access to a client's store:

  1. From your Partner Dashboard, click Stores.
  2. Click Add store.
  3. In the Store type section, select Managed store.
  4. Enter the URL of the Shopify store that you want to access.
  5. In the Permissions section, select the sections of the store that you want to access, or check Full access. The account owner can change these permissions after your account is created.
  6. If you want to include a message to the store owner in your request, then enter a message in the Add a message section.
  7. Click Save.

After you submit a request, the store owner receives an email about the request, and a notification on their Shopify Home:

Account request email

Shopify Home notification

View your managed stores

You can view the stores that you've requested access to on the Stores page in your Partner Dashboard. There is no limit to the number of managed stores that you can have, but you can have only up to 10 pending requests open at a time.