Shopify phone card reader

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We have currently shopify POS and a store.   We're planning to close the store, but trying to see if we can keep shopify (without POS) and take payment from customers either through credit card through regular shopify iphone app for our downsized non-store operations .    Does shopify Iphone/Android card reader option available?  If it's available, do you need shopify POS on the phone for it to work or we can use regular shopify (non POS) app and process and take payment for an order through mobile phone card reader?  Is there information on this , any links would help.   





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Shopify Staff
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Hi, @shopshop19!

Our card readers are mostly designed to allow for use and connection with a mobile device, but you will need the Shopify POS app in order to use them, as well as have Shopify Payments enabled for your store. We have a variety of card readers depending on your store location, but as an example if your store is based the US you can take a look at our US hardware store here for some card reader options. To connect your reader to a mobile device, you can visit our Help Centre as we have a step by step guide that can help you. This Help Centre document, for example, lays out all the information you need to know about our Tap & Chip card reader.

Was there a reason that you're wanting to keep your Shopify online store without the POS option? It sounds like you are still looking to accept payments in person occasionally, is that correct? If this is the case, I would suggest in continuing to use the POS app, however if you are on our POS Pro subscription you can perhaps look into downgrading to our POS Lite option. The Shopify POS Lite option still allows you to sell and accept transactions in-person, and this is available for all stores on any Shopify plan for free. Take a look at our POS features page here for more information as well as a features compare and contrast chart for POS Lite and Pro.

Kimi | Social Care @ Shopify 
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