Variants

Sometimes the same product is available in different styles or types. For example, you might sell a t-shirt in several different sizes, or a hat in a variety of different colors. Create product variants to show your customers all the options that they can choose from.

Creating variants for a new product

To create variants while you're adding a new product:

  1. From the Add a product page, click Add variants:

    Product create variant
  2. Accept the default Option name (Size) or type a different option name into the field.

  3. In the Option values field, enter each value followed by a comma.

  4. Click Add another option if your variants differ in more than one way, for example, if the product is available in different colors as well as different sizes. You can have a maximum of three option names.

  5. Now you can Modify the variants to be created. Look through the list of variants and uncheck the boxes next to any combinations that you don't sell. You can also add prices, SKUs, and barcodes for individual variants at this stage.

    Create size variants

    Note

    You can show different product images for each variant with Variant Images.

  6. Click Save.

Note

Are you selling custom products that have more than three options or 100 combinations? You can edit your theme code to extract line item properties and get more information from your customers.

Changing the variants of an existing product

You can make changes to the variants of an existing product at any time: 1. From your Shopify admin, click Products (or press G P P):

Products

  1. Click the name of the product that you want to update.

  2. On the product details page, find the Variants section.

  3. There are several ways to change a product's variants:

    • Click Reorder variants to change the variant display order on your website.
    • Click Edit options to change an option name for all your variants. Enter a new name in the boxes or click Add another option.
    • Click Add a variant to create a new variant.
    • Click Edit next to a variant you want to change. You can then change the variant options, prices, inventory, and shipping information.
  4. Click Save when you've finished updating the variant information.

Creating additional variants of an existing product

If you want to sell new varieties of an existing product, then you'll need to create additional variants.

Add or duplicate a variant

  1. From your Shopify admin, click Products (or press G P P):

    Products

  2. Click the name of the product that requires additional variants.

  3. In the product information page, find the Variants section.

  4. You can either add a new variant, or duplicate an existing variant:

    • Click Add a variant to create a new variant.
    • Click Edit next to a similar variant, then click Duplicate.
  5. Update the variant information as required to create a unique variant.

  6. Click Save.

Bulk duplicate existing variants

  1. From your Shopify admin, click Products (or press G P P):

    Products

  2. Click the name of the product that requires additional variants.

  3. In the product information page, find the Variants section.

  4. Check all the variants you want to duplicate.

  5. In the Bulk actions dropdown, select the new variant you want to create:

    Select duplicate variant
  6. In the Duplicate Variants dialog, enter the option you want for the variant you selected.

    Enter variant option
  7. Click Done.

You will now see new variants with the option that you entered, and options from the variants that you selected in step 1.

Changing the order in which variants are shown on your store

You can change the order in which your variants are shown on your store from your Shopify admin.

To change the variant display order:

  1. From your Shopify admin, click Products (or press G P P):

    Products

  2. Click the name of the product whose variants you want to re-order.

  3. In the product information page, find the Variants section.

  4. Click Reorder variants.

  5. In the Reorder variants and options window, click and drag an option name to move it to a different position:

    Reorder variant options

    When a customer is on the product page, they will see the options for this variant in the order you set.

  6. Click and drag a variant name to move it to a different position:

    Reorder variants

    Variants at the top of this list will show up first when a customer views the product page.

  7. Click Save.

Note

You might not see the same order of options you set. Each variant in the list decides how to sort the variants below it. The order of options you set for the other variants will automatically change depending on what items you have available in stock.

Variant limits

If you get an error message while attempting to add variants to a product, it means that you've exceeded the limit of 100 variants per product. This limit cannot be raised for any account or plan.

How do I know how many variants my product has?

On the Products page of your Shopify admin, under the Inventory column, you will see how many variants a product has.

Inventory variants

So I can only have 100 variants. What about options – can I have more than 3?

Each product can have a maximum of 3 options, for example Size, Color, and Style. Note that options can differ from product to product. One product might use Size, Color, and Style, and another might use Weight, Finish, and Material. This limit of 3 options per product cannot be raised for any Shopify account or plan.

Creating variants for a new product

To create variants while you're adding a new product:

  1. On the Add product screen, tap Add variants.
  2. Tap Add option.
  3. Shopify gives you some preset options to choose from. If you see the option that you want to use, then tap it:
    All option presets iphone
  4. If you want to add your own custom option, then tap Add option, enter the option name, and tap the + button.
  5. After you've chosen your option, you can add each option value. Enter each option value in the text field, and tap return after each one to add it:
    Enter option values iphone
  6. When you're finished adding option values, tap Save.
  7. If you want to add another option, then tap Add option and repeat steps 3 to 6.
  8. If you're finished adding options, then tap the product name to return to its details screen.
  9. Tap Save.

Changing the variants of an existing product

You can make changes to the variants of an existing product at any time:

  1. From the Shopify app, tap Products:
    Products button iphone
  2. From the Products screen, tap the product that you want to edit.
  3. From the product details screen, tap the variant that you want to edit.
  4. On the variant details screen, edit the variant's information.
  5. Tap the product's name to return to its details screen.
  6. Tap Save.

Creating additional variants of an existing product

To create additional variants for an existing product, you need to first add any new options that you need. When you do that, you'll set the first option value. After all your options are created, you can then add a variant for each combination of options.

For example, you might sell a blue t-shirt in small, medium, and large sizes. If you want to sell the t-shirt in green as well, then you need to add a Color option, and set its first value to Blue. This will add the Color option to all your existing variants, with a value of Blue. Then you would add a variant in each size with a color value of Green.

Add additional options

  1. From the Shopify app, tap Products:
    Products button iphone
  2. From the Products screen, tap a product.
  3. Under Variants, tap Edit options.
  4. Tap Add option.
  5. Shopify gives you some preset options to choose from. If you see the option that you want to use, then tap it:
    Additional option presets iphone
  6. If you want to add your own custom option, then enter its name in the Add option field, and tap the return key on your iPhone's keyboard.
  7. After you've chosen your option, enter the first option value in the text field, and then tap return:
    Save first option value iphone
  8. Tap Save.
  9. On the Options screen, tap the product's name to return to its details screen.
  10. Tap Save.

Add additional variants

To add additional variants to a product:

  1. From the Shopify app, tap Products:
    Products button iphone
  2. From the Products screen, tap a product.
  3. Under Variants, tap Add variant:
    Add variant button iphone
  4. Enter the information for the new variant.
  5. When you're finished, tap Save:
    New variant screen iphone
  6. On the product details screen, tap Save.

Repeat this for each combination of options that your product is available in:

Variant combinations iphone

Variant limits

If you get an error message while attempting to add variants to a product, it means that you've exceeded the limit of 100 variants per product. This limit cannot be raised for any account or plan.

How do I know how many variants my product has?

On the Products page of your Shopify admin, under the Inventory column, you will see how many variants a product has.

Inventory variants

So I can only have 100 variants. What about options – can I have more than 3?

Each product can have a maximum of 3 options, for example Size, Color, and Style. Note that options can differ from product to product. One product might use Size, Color, and Style, and another might use Weight, Finish, and Material. This limit of 3 options per product cannot be raised for any Shopify account or plan.

Creating variants for a new product

To create variants while you're adding a new product:

  1. On the Add product screen, tap ADD VARIANTS.
  2. Shopify gives you some preset options to choose from. If you see the option that you want to use, then tap it:
    All option presets android
  3. If you want to add your own custom option, then enter the option name, and tap the return key on your Android keyboard.
  4. After you've chosen your option, you can add each option value. Enter each option value in the text field, and tap return after each one to add it:
    Enter option values android
  5. When you're finished adding option values, tap the back arrow.
  6. If you want to add another option, then tap Add option and repeat steps 3 to 6.
  7. If you're finished adding options, then tap the check mark to save.

Changing the variants of an existing product

You can make changes to the variants of an existing product at any time:

  1. From the Shopify app, tap Products:
    Products button android
  2. From the Products screen, tap the product that you want to edit.
  3. From the product details screen, tap the variant that you want to edit.
  4. On the variant details screen, edit the variant's information.
  5. Tap the check mark to save.

Creating additional variants of an existing product

To create additional variants for an existing product, you need to first add any new options that you need. When you do that, you'll set the first option value. After all your options are created, you can then add a variant for each combination of options.

For example, you might sell a blue t-shirt in small, medium, and large sizes. If you want to sell the t-shirt in green as well, then you need to add a Color option, and set its first value to Blue. This will add the Color option to all your existing variants, with a value of Blue. Then you would add a variant in each size with a color value of Green.

Add additional options

To add additional options to a product:

  1. From the Shopify app, tap Products:
    Products button android
  2. From the Products screen, tap a product.
  3. Under Variants, tap EDIT OPTIONS.
  4. Tap ADD OPTION.
  5. Shopify gives you some preset options to choose from. If you see the option that you want to use, then tap it:
    Additional option presets android
  6. If you want to add your own custom option, then enter the option name, and tap the return key on your Android keyboard.
  7. After you've chosen your option, enter the first option value in the text field, and then tap return:
    Save first option value android
  8. Tap the check mark.
  9. From the Edit options screen, tap the check mark to save your new option.

Add additional variants

To add additional variants to a product:

  1. From the Shopify app, tap Products:
    Products button android
  2. From the Products screen, tap a product.
  3. Under Variants, tap ADD VARIANT:
    Add variant button android
  4. Enter the information for the new variant:
    Add variant screen android
  5. When you're finished, tap the check mark to save the new variant.

Repeat this for each combination of options that your product is available in:

Variant combinations android

Variant limits

If you get an error message while attempting to add variants to a product, it means that you've exceeded the limit of 100 variants per product. This limit cannot be raised for any account or plan.

How do I know how many variants my product has?

On the Products page of your Shopify admin, under the Inventory column, you will see how many variants a product has.

Inventory variants

So I can only have 100 variants. What about options – can I have more than 3?

Each product can have a maximum of 3 options, for example Size, Color, and Style. Note that options can differ from product to product. One product might use Size, Color, and Style, and another might use Weight, Finish, and Material. This limit of 3 options per product cannot be raised for any Shopify account or plan.

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