Hardware FAQ

View answers to frequently asked questions about ShopKeep supported hardware. Learn about printers, cash drawers, card readers, iPads, and more.

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General Hardware

This section addresses general questions you may have about ordering, returning, exchanging, and setting up ShopKeep hardware.

Where can I purchase ShopKeep hardware?

Currently supported ShopKeep hardware can be purchased online from our online store. Check out the ShopKeep Store FAQ for answers to common questions about ordering, shipping, returns, and warranties.

What hardware should I purchase?

All ShopKeep compatible hardware can be purchased à la carte through our online store. However, because each business has its own unique needs, you should first visit one of the following articles to see the recommended hardware for your business type:

Who can I talk to about purchasing hardware?

Contact your Account Executive for help purchasing hardware.

Does ShopKeep sell refurbished hardware?

We sure do! Browse our selection of refurbished hardware here.

How much does shipping cost?

All orders to the continental United States ship for free with no minimum order. We also ship to Hawaii, Alaska, US territories, and Canada for an additional charge.

What does the hardware warranty cover?

The warranty covers hardware purchased from ShopKeep if it fails to function under normal use (physical damage is not covered). View the full details of the hardware warranty here.

Is there a way for me to add additional protection to my hardware?

Yes, ShopKeep’s Hardware Protection Plan covers the replacement of Covered Hardware in the event of Accidental Damage and Hardware Defects as described in the Terms of Service.

When will I receive my replacement?

Hardware replacements ship overnight and arrive the next business day (Monday – Friday).

Can I return hardware I purchased from ShopKeep?

Yes, most hardware can be returned for a full refund. Please read our return policy for details and exclusions. To learn how to submit a return, visit our Return ShopKeep Hardware article.

How can I exchange purchased hardware?

Exchanges are similar to returns. Check out our exchange policy to learn how to swap a product. Note that defective hardware cannot be exchanged for a different model.

Who can I talk to with questions about my order?

Contact us if you have specific questions about your order.

I already placed my order, can I add more items?

Once an order is confirmed, you cannot add items to it. Simply place a new order for the additional items.

How do I set up my hardware?

Visit our Hardware page to view detailed setup guides for each piece of ShopKeep hardware. If you have questions about setting up your hardware, visit our Setup FAQ.

Printers and Cash Drawers

Wondering what kind of paper to order for your receipt printer? Lost the keys to your cash drawer? All of that and more is covered in this section.

What printers can I use with ShopKeep?

Visit our online store to view which printers are compatible with ShopKeep.

How do I set up my printer?

Setup steps will vary based on the model of printer you have. Visit your specific printer’s support article below for help setting up:

What kind of paper do I need for my printer?

  • Epson TM-m30 and Star TSP100 / TSP650II Receipt Printers3.125″ thermal paper
  • Epson TM-m10 Receipt Printer2″ thermal paper
  • Epson TM-U220B and Star SP700 Ticket Printers1-ply or 2-ply bond paper
  • Can I change the font, font size, or font color of receipts/tickets?

    No. Fonts, font sizes, and font colors cannot be changed.

    Can I add a logo to my printed receipts?

    Yes. First upload a logo to be used for email receipts, then enable print settings on paper receipts. Read our Receipt Setup article for more information.

    Due to limitations of thermal receipt printers, logos are automatically converted to grayscale to be able to print on paper receipts. Since not all logos are designed with this process in mind, print quality of individual logos will vary. We recommend following these tips to help your logo look its best when printed out:

  • Use a high-quality logo image as close to the 50kB file size limit as possible.
  • Upload the logo in .PNG format first. If print quality is not as expected, re-upload it in .JPG or .GIF format.
  • Make sure there is high contrast between adjacent layers as similar colors will blend and definition may be lost, especially with text. View examples of low and high contrast logos here.
  • Avoid gradients as they do not transfer well to printed logos.
  • Dark backgrounds will print as black, and light backgrounds will print as a shade of gray. For plain white, make the background transparent and save the logo as a .PNG file.
  • To test how a logo looks printed, add an item to a sale at the register, then tap ‘More…’ and ‘Print Check’.
  • Learn more about uploading a business logo and printing it on paper receipts here.

    How do I test the connection between my printer and ShopKeep?

    Follow these steps to navigate to the Printer Setup screen & print a test slip to your receipt or ticket printer.

    Can I use my ticket printer to print receipts?

    No, the Epson TM-U220B and Star SP700 ticket printers can only be used to print kitchen tickets.

    Where can I purchase a replacement ink ribbon for my ticket printer?

    Look no further than the ShopKeep Store. Visit one of the links below to purchase a new ink ribbon:

    How can I get help for an issue with my receipt or ticket printer?

    Visit one of the guides below for help solving most common printer issues:

    How do I connect my replacement printer?

    Setup steps will vary by printer model. Find your specific printer on our Hardware page for help setting up.

    Can I use a label printer to print barcodes for my items?

    Yes! ShopKeep is compatible with the DYMO LabelWriter 450 label printer.

    Can I connect my label printer to an iPad?

    No. The DYMO LabelWriter 450 label printer is only compatible with desktop and laptop computers running Windows or macOS.

    Where can I purchase labels for my label printer?

    Visit the ShopKeep Store to purchase compatible labels for your DYMO printer.

    How can I get help for an issue with my label printer?

    Easy, just visit our DYMO LabelWriter Troubleshooting guide.

    How do I set up my cash drawer?

    To set up your cash drawer, plug its cable directly into your receipt printer’s ‘DK’ port. If you need assistance, visit your printer’s support article for help.

    How is the cash drawer powered?

    The cash drawer is powered by the receipt printer it is connected to, so no power cable is needed.

    Where can I order another set of keys for my cash drawer?

    Give us a call at 866.300.9175 to order replacement keys for your standard or heavy duty cash drawer. You will need to provide the 2 or 3 digit code imprinted on the drawer’s lock to order.

    Barcode Scanners

    A barcode scanner helps speed up the checkout process by allowing you to scan items to ring them up. This section answers commonly asked questions about this handy piece of hardware.

    What barcode scanners can be used with ShopKeep?

    Visit the ShopKeep Store to view compatible barcode scanners and accessories.

    How do I set up my barcode scanner?

    Visit our Hardware support page to find the setup article for your specific scanner.

    Can I connect my barcode scanner to a computer?

    Some barcode scanners can connect to a computer, but we do not provide support for this functionality. Please refer to the scanner’s user manual for help.

    Can I use the on-screen keyboard while my barcode scanner is connected?

    Yes. Either tap and hold the arrow in the lower-right corner to open the keyboard or, if using a Socket Bluetooth scanner, put the scanner into Application Mode for iOS devices.

    Can I use my barcode scanner to add inventory?

    The barcode scanner can be used to add UPC codes to items or to receive inventory. The barcode scanner cannot add new items on its own.

    What kind of batteries does the Socket scanner require?

    The S700, S730, and S740 all use two rechargeable AA 2000mAh NiMH batteries. Purchase replacement batteries from Socket here. Do NOT use any other type of battery.

    How can I get a replacement user manual for my barcode scanner?

    User manuals for Socket Bluetooth scanners can be found here. To download a manual for The Mini USB Barcode Scanner, click here.

    How can I get help for an issue with my scanner or one of its accessories?

    Visit one of the guides below for help solving most common barcode scanner issues:

    Card Readers

    Broaden the scope of payments your business accepts by using a card reader to run credit and gift cards. Here we answer the top questions asked about this essential piece of hardware.

    What card readers can I use 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.

    How do I set up my credit card reader?

    Setup steps will vary based on the model of card reader you have. Visit your specific reader’s support article below for help setting up:

    Can I run credit cards if I lose my internet connection?

    If your internet connection goes down, you cannot accept credit cards unless you are using a Clover Mini, Clover Flex, or Clover Station device with offline payments enabled.

    How can I make sure that my card reader is connected?

    In the ShopKeep register app, visit either the ‘Card Readers’ screen or the ‘Diagnostics’ screen to check your card reader’s connection status.

    How can I get help for an issue with my reader or one of its accessories?

    Visit one of the guides below for help solving most common credit card reader issues:

    Where can I learn more about my ShopKeep Payments credit card terminal?

    For the most detailed information about the Verifone VX 520, PAX S80, and First Data FD130 terminals, download the relevant user guide below:

    Note: These terminals are external devices and do not integrate with ShopKeep.


    This section addresses frequently asked questions about using an integrated scale to weigh unit priced items in the ShopKeep Register app.

    Scale integration is only supported on the ShopKeep Register for Android.

    What integrated scales are compatible with ShopKeep?

    The Star Micronics mG-S8200 weight scale is the only scale supported for use with the ShopKeep Register app for Android.

    How do I set up my integrated Star scale?

    Visit our setup article for help setting up the mG-S8200 scale for use with ShopKeep.

    Can I connect my scale to an iPad, Clover register, or mobile device?

    No. The mG-S8200 scale is only compatible with Android tablets and the Sunmi T2 Lite.

    What is the minimum and maximum capacity of my Star scale?

    The mG-S8200 scale can weigh items ranging from 1 gram to 8,200 grams (about 18 pounds).

    What units of measurement can my Star scale weigh items in?

    The mG-S8200 scale can weigh items in ounces, pounds, or grams. Learn how to change the unit of measurement used on the scale here.

    How can I get help for an issue with my Star scale?

    Visit our troubleshooting guide for help solving common issues affecting the mG-S8200 scale.

    Networking Hardware

    ShopKeep requires an internet connection to be able to accept credit cards and sync register data with BackOffice. This section covers frequently asked questions about the hardware used to set up your network.

    What networking hardware can I use with ShopKeep?

    ShopKeep works well with most standalone routers. If you don’t have a router, we suggest using our supported Google Wifi.

    What is the best way to set up my network?

    Check out our Best Practices for Network Setup guide for tips on how to best set up your network for use with ShopKeep.

    How do I set up my router?

    If you are using our recommended Google Wifi system, follow the steps here to set it up. If you are using a different router, consult its manual or contact an IT professional for setup help.

    iPads and iPad Enclosures

    From deciding what type of iPad to buy to taking care of the stand it sits in, here we answer common questions about iPads and iPad enclosures.

    What kind of device do I need to run ShopKeep?

    ShopKeep works best on an iPad (6th gen), iPad Pro, or iPad Mini 4 running iOS 10 or above. ShopKeep also works on tablets running Android v5.0 Lollipop and above. Visit our Best Practices for ShopKeep Apps guide to learn more.

    What size iPad should I buy?

    If you plan to use your iPad only for ShopKeep, 32GB of storage is fine. If you are going to use your iPad for other purposes (playing games, taking photos, etc), you may want to consider a higher capacity model.

    Where can I learn the basics of using an iPad?

    First, check out our Introduction to the iPad article for an overview of the iPad’s buttons and ports. When you’re ready to dig deeper, visit one of our recommended Apple support links to view user guides and other in-depth information from Apple.

    How do I connect an iPad to my network?

    Use the iPad’s built-in Wi-Fi capabilities to connect it to your network wirelessly or purchase an ethernet adapter to connect via a physical ethernet cable.

    How can I get help for an issue with my iPad?

    Our iPad Troubleshooting guides can help you sort out common iPad-related problems. If you don’t see your issue listed there, contact Apple support directly for assistance.

    How do I set up my iPad enclosure?

    Setup steps will vary based on which enclosure you have. Visit your specific enclosure’s support article below for help setting up:

    What is the best way to take care of my iPad and its enclosure?

    Visit our Best Practices guide to learn the best way to care for your iPad and iPad enclosure.