Advanced Topics FAQ

Advanced topics include specialized functions and integrations, such as Serverless Sync™ and Apple Pay. Here are the most frequently asked questions about these types of features.

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Credit Card Processing

This section addresses common credit card processing questions. Need to get set up? Check out our Credit Card Processing support article.

What credit card readers work with ShopKeep?

Visit our online store for a list of compatible card readers. All models must be purchased directly from ShopKeep to work with the register.

Can I use an external credit card machine?

External terminals, such as those provided by credit card processors, do not integrate with ShopKeep. If you have to use one, enable External Credit/Debit as active tenders for cashiers to use at the register.

Can I run credit cards with no internet?

ShopKeep can run cash sales without an internet connection, but an active internet connection is required to process credit cards and sync register data to BackOffice. If your internet connection goes down, you cannot run credit cards. In times like these, consider accepting only non-credit tenders or using a credit card imprinter so you can enter credit transactions manually when the connection is restored. To run a manual credit transaction, the card number, expiration date, CVV code, and billing zip code are required.

Can I accept debit cards?

Yes, as long as the card has a Visa/MasterCard/AMEX/Discover logo. Swipe or insert debit cards just like credit cards, but be aware that PIN entry is not supported.

Can I accept EMV chip cards?

The business must use ShopKeep Payments and an eligible EMV card reader to be able to accept EMV chip cards. Visit our ShopKeep and EMV article to learn how to accept EMV payments.

Can I accept credit payments online?

Credit card payments cannot be accepted online through ShopKeep or BackOffice. Accept payments online through your BigCommerce account with our eCommerce integration.

How do customers sign for credit card sales?

Customers can sign and tip on the register’s screen or on a printed receipt. Visit our Tips and Gratuity article to learn how to change the Tips and Signature setting.

Can I disable the customer copy or business copy of the credit card receipt?

No. When customers sign and tip on a paper receipt, the customer copy and business copy of the receipt always print automatically.

Do I need to enter the tip right after swiping a card?

No. If customers sign and tip on a paper receipt, the cashier can enter the gratuity at any point after the sale using the Tip Later feature.

What happens if a cashier forgets to enter a tip?

Cashiers must enter the tip before finalizing a sale. There is no way to add gratuity to a sale after it is closed.

Can I adjust a tip after entering it?

No, you cannot change a sale’s gratuity after entering it and finalizing the sale.

How can I view gratuity reporting and pay out tips?

Visit our Tips and Gratuity support article to learn how to perform these actions.

Do I need the customer’s credit card to process a return?

No. Returns automatically refund back to the card used in the original sale. Manual returns to a credit card are not allowed. Visit our Performing Returns support article to learn about the returns process.

Can I refund a tip without returning the sale?

No. A cashier must return the entire sale to refund its gratuity.

Can I refund part of a tip?

No, the entire gratuity amount must be refunded.

How do I settle my batch when the business closes?

ShopKeep sets up accounts for automatic batch closure at 12:00 am local time. Contact Customer Care if you are concerned batches are not closing or if the business does not receive funding.

Can I change credit card processors?

Yes. The first step is to fill out a boarding form with the new processing account details. We will test the account and send the Business Owner an email to schedule a time for the switch. We require a timely response from the Business Owner before we can make the switch.

Is ShopKeep PCI compliant?

Yes. ShopKeep credit card readers instantly encrypt customer info when a cashier processes a card. This data travels through our payment gateway to your processor. ShopKeep does not store sensitive credit card information on the iPad or in BackOffice. Check out this guide for more information.

How can I get help with a credit card processing issue?

Visit our troubleshooting guide for help with most common problems and error messages.

Apple Pay

Look no further for answers to popular questions about using Apple Pay with ShopKeep.

How do I set up Apple Pay?

The business must use a compatible processor, Apple Pay enabled card reader, and the latest version of ShopKeep. Visit our ShopKeep & Apple Pay article to learn how to set up and use Apple Pay.

Which devices can customers pay with?

Customers can pay with any compatible iPhone or Apple Watch. Visit Apple Support for a complete list of supported models.

How do I accept Apple Pay on a sale?

Tender the sale as Credit and have the customer hold their device within 1″ of the card reader. For a step-by-step walkthrough, visit our ShopKeep & Apple Pay article.

ShopKeep Pocket

This section covers frequently asked questions about downloading and using our mobile app, ShopKeep Pocket. If you have questions about the reporting contained in Pocket, visit our Reporting FAQ.

What devices is ShopKeep Pocket available for?

ShopKeep Pocket is available for iOS and Android devices.

Where do I download Pocket?

Depending on what kind of device you have, download Pocket from either the Apple App Store or Google Play Store. Visit our ShopKeep Pocket for iOS & Android support article for help downloading Pocket.

Is Pocket free to download?

Yes. However, you must have a pricing package that includes access to ShopKeep Pocket to add accounts to the app.

How do I upgrade my subscription to use Pocket?

Contact us for help upgrading to a pricing package with ShopKeep Pocket access.

Can I run sales, check inventory, or perform other actions in Pocket?

No. ShopKeep Pocket is a mobile reporting app designed to show recent sales data for all of your stores.

How do I refresh my sales in Pocket?

Swipe from top to bottom with one finger to update Pocket’s sales information.

How can I get help if I have an issue with Pocket?

Visit our ShopKeep Pocket Troubleshooting guide for help solving most common problems.

Serverless Sync™

Serverless Sync enables the business to view open checks from any register on the same WiFi network.

How do I enable Serverless Sync?

Turning on Serverless Sync is a multi-step process involving both the iPad and BackOffice. Visit our Serverless Sync support article to learn how to set up this feature.

What requirements must my network meet to use Serverless Sync?

Visit our Serverless Sync article for recommendations to ensure a seamless experience.

How can I see which registers are connected?

Visit the ‘Register List’ area of the register’s Control Panel to see which registers are connected and able to communicate with one another via Serverless Sync.

Why are checks not showing up on all registers?

Visit our Checks Screen Troubleshooting guide for help resolving issues related to checks and registers staying in sync.

Can I disable Serverless Sync?

Yes. However, do NOT disable Serverless Sync while shifts are open. After closing all checks and shifts, Serverless Sync can be disabled in BackOffice by unchecking the ‘Enable’ box checked during setup.

MailChimp Integration

This section answers common questions about ShopKeep’s integration with MailChimp. If you have questions about setting up this integration, visit our MailChimp Integration Setup article.

NOTE: This feature is only available for ShopKeep merchants on select pricing packages.

What is MailChimp?

MailChimp is a service used to send mass emails to customers. MailChimp integration allows you to automatically sync your ShopKeep customer list to MailChimp.

NOTE: MailChimp is only available for ShopKeep merchants on select pricing packages.

What customer information syncs to MailChimp?

First/last names and email addresses sync from ShopKeep to MailChimp.

Can I sync my ShopKeep customer list to multiple MailChimp lists?

No. ShopKeep customers can only be synced with one MailChimp list.

Where can I learn about how to use MailChimp?

Learn the basics of using MailChimp directly from the source. Visit one of the MailChimp links below for help getting started with the service.

  • Getting Started with MailChimp
  • MailChimp Resources
  • MailChimp Support
  • NOTE: MailChimp is only available for ShopKeep merchants on select pricing packages.

    How can I get help for an issue related to MailChimp integration?

    Visit our MailChimp Integration Troubleshooting guide for help solving most common problems.

    NOTE: MailChimp is only available for ShopKeep merchants on select pricing packages.

    Can I unlink MailChimp from ShopKeep?

    Yes, just visit our troubleshooting guide for the steps to do so.

    QuickBooks® Integration

    This section answers common questions about using ShopKeep’s QuickBooks integration. If you have questions about setting up this integration, visit our QuickBooks Integration Setup article.

    NOTE: This feature is only available for ShopKeep merchants on select pricing packages.

    Can I sync information from QuickBooks to ShopKeep?

    No. Synchronization between ShopKeep and QuickBooks is one-way and information only syncs from ShopKeep to QuickBooks.

    Can the integration sync previous days’ reporting to QuickBooks?

    No. Information starts syncing on the day you enable QuickBooks integration.

    Can I sync my ShopKeep inventory or time clock data?

    No. QuickBooks integration only syncs register activity like sales, returns, and payouts.

    Can I manually import information from ShopKeep into QuickBooks?

    QuickBooks allows certain types of information to be imported, but we cannot provide support to help with this. If you need help importing data to QuickBooks, visit QuickBooks Online Support.

    How can I get help using QuickBooks?

    Intuit offers a number of resources to help you hone your QuickBooks skills:

  • QuickBooks Tutorials
  • QuickBooks Webinars
  • QuickBooks Online Support
  • Contact QuickBooks Support
  • How can I get help with an issue related to QuickBooks integration?

    Visit our QuickBooks Integration Troubleshooting guide for help solving most common problems.

    NOTE: This feature is only available for ShopKeep merchants on select pricing packages.

    AppCard Integration

    AppCard is a loyalty program that integrates with ShopKeep and allows you to reward frequent customers with special offers. Check out this FAQ for answers to common questions about AppCard integration.

    BigCommerce Integration

    BigCommerce is an e-commerce platform that integrates with ShopKeep, allowing you to sell products online. Check out this FAQ for answers to common questions about BigCommerce integration.

    ShopKeep Spotlight

    ShopKeep Spotlight allows you to manage your business’s online visibility across multiple platforms to identify listing inconsistencies and update business information directly from BackOffice. Check out this FAQ for answers to common questions about ShopKeep Spotlight.


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