If you’ve worked with Shopify in the past, you’ve asked the question, “Which Shopify apps are the best?” The question generally comes from beginners trying to scale up their stores, but eventually you’ll start hearing similar thoughts ringing in your head. Although this time, it’ll be more focused, like apps for accounting, email marketing or social media. You’re also bound to hear yourself thinking about budgetary restraints, meaning the free and affordable apps are generally on your radar first.
As you learn from on our Shopify reviews, this platform has consistently squashed competition because of a modern interface, beautiful support options and one of the best app stores on the market. In fact, there’s no comparison, Shopify apps are far easier to install and use than other platforms.
So, in an effort to cut down your research, we want to review the best paid and free apps in the Shopify store. We sprinkled in apps from all categories, ranging from marketing to sales, social media to shipping, and customer service to reporting.
If you’d like to add simple product review areas for customers to fill out, this is the solution for you. It’s completely free, and you get features such as bulk filtering, exporting, importing, SEO friendly review scores and more.
Pricing: Starting at $5 per month
The Xero Shopify app exports your orders to the amazing Xero accounting program. This way you can see beautiful financial reports, create invoices and receive global tax support. Read more about this fantastic solution in our detailed Xero review.
Pricing: Starting Free ($59 per month for basic plan)
Our first app offers 10 intriguing ways to reward customers, then your customers redeem points for free products. Some of the rewardable tasks include social shares, purchases, referrals and social follows.
The whole point of this app is to accept pre-orders from your customers, all without having to pay for the app. You can enable this for individual products and even limit the number of pre-orders that come in for each of your products.
Whether you’re offering a free gift, free shipping or any other type of promotion, you should consider utilizing this free promotional bar that pops up when someone is browsing your site. Adding links and buttons is possible, and you can change around the location, color and overall style of your bar.
The Social AutoPilot app delivers Twitter tweets and Pinterest pins to those networks without you having to think about anything. The tool pulls from your product pages and blog posts, so you’ll never have empty social feeds again.
The WhatShare app offers a simple social sharing button that has shown to improve conversions and get the word out about your products. It consolidates all of the sharing buttons into one, and you can track all of the products and pages getting shared.
If your products make for quality Instagram posts, there’s no reason you shouldn’t be showing an Instagram gallery on your Shopify store. This app lets you select how many photos to put in the live feed, engaging more customers and showing them you have an Instagram page.
It doesn’t matter whether you’re setting up shipping rates for local or international deliveries, because the Parcelify app allows for custom shipping rates. For example, you could specify that local customers get cheaper shipping, while international folks have to pay a little more.
The StatusNotes app takes the Order Status Page to a new level. Since Order Status pages only include a tracking number, this app realizes that other important information may be needed here. For example, you could specify anything like how long it takes the average order to ship or which shipping company you use.
With over 40 local and international couriers, the Postmen Shopify app sends shipping notifications and tracking numbers. Not only that, but you can generate shipping labels for your company and calculate the rates you should expect to pay.
Considering customers spend so much time on Facebook, it’s not a bad idea to deliver customer service chatting through the social media tool. You can chat with customers through their Facebook accounts, all right through your store. In addition, the app has mobile support and customer profile viewing.
Bonus: Shopify has its own tool for selling directly through the Messenger part of Facebook. It pulls product pages into your chats, provides alerts and interacts with customers where they actually hang out online.
You should have an FAQs page on your Shopify store. However, there’s no need to spend much time on it. Therefore, consider utilizing the HelpCenter app to make a searchable FAQ with beautiful articles, categories and sections.
Most Shopify stores come with contact forms, but this one has more to it. The Improved Contact Form app offers popup contact widgets and webpages, along with customizable form fields. Finally, the intelligent form tells you where customers are located before talking to them.
We recommend installing the Intuit app if that’s the software you use for your bookkeeping. It lets you export orders directly into QuickBooks, and you receive some seamless reporting to view with the click of a button.
Rstream CyberCloud helps you distinguish between good and bad customers by halting chargebacks and reducing losses through your merchant account. It’s interesting because it doesn’t slow down the sales process, and you don’t have to review every single order.
Red Stag Fulfillment won an award for Best Fulfillment Service in 2016. It’s a well-run operation that picks, packages and ships your products. They easily integrate with a long list of ecommerce platforms, and ERP systems, including Shopify.
18. Infinite Options
If your product needs to be personalized in any way, or if you have lots of product variants, we recommend checking out the free Infinite Options app. You receive an unlimited number of product options, such as engraving, monogramming, radio boxes, dropdown menus and more.
For a more advanced reporting system, go with Kash. It lets you look at sales trends in a more user friendly manner, and your transaction history is broken down in a beautiful list. Customer payment methods are shown, along with the costs associated with each of those methods.
As one of the first social sales channels on Shopify, the Twitter app creates an environment where customers can purchase items without leaving Twitter. Your products are shown with Buy buttons, and you can leverage trends through hashtags and retweets.
The Facebook app syncs your products with a stunning Facebook store, designed for the mobile interface and easy to pull items like product details, images and inventory.
The last social channel is Pinterest. It uses items called Buyable Pins, generating a store on Pinterest and prompting folks to buy on Pinterest. This works on the iOS and Android apps, and it means that customers don’t have to go to your site in order to buy.
23. Low Stock Alert
Most smaller stores don’t need a complicated restocking tool. So the Low Stock Alert app sends you email notifications when an item is low or out of stock. You can import and export CSV, while also looking at a full grid with stock levels.
Pricing: Free Trial (Starting at $14.99 per month)
Here’s another option for managing your inventory. The main difference is that the Restocked Alerts app notifies customers when an item is back in stock. Therefore, you can improve your sales through customers who showed interest but missed out on full shelves.
Pricing: Free Trial (Starting at $10 per month)
Many businesses only sell on Amazon. But if you’re thinking of also opening a Shopify store, the ByteStand app is the way to do it. Capture everything from images to complete product listings, and watch as one button populates the Shopify store with all items in your Amazon shop.
26. SEO Manager
Pricing: Starting at $20 per month
From managing 404 errors to templating titles, the SEO Manager app launches your SEO options to a new level. Whether it’s Google, Bing or Yahoo, features like SEO scanning, suggestions, advanced meta settings and sitemap management are sure to move you up in the search rankings.
27. Pop-Up Window
Pricing: Starting at $5.95 per month
The Pop-Up Window app has mobile responsive pop-up windows and forms, and it integrates with services like MailChimp and Klaviyo. Coupon codes are available, and you get other features like exporting, customization, frequency changes and typography options.
Pricing: Free to $5.99 per month
This app has advanced targeting and amazing customization tools by popping a coupon in front of customers who are trying to leave. For example, you could grab sales from abandoned carts and window shoppers.
Pricing: (Free trial for three months) Starting at $19.99 per month
This is the most robust recurring billing app with an onslaught of features. Customers can manage subscriptions from your website, while you can decide when to bill your customers. Along with bulk imports, major credit card integrations and multiple delivery options, the ReCharge app stands out.
Pricing: Starting at $7 per month
The Cross-Sell app puts you in control of what you’d like your relevant products to be. Instead of relying on an algorithm, you choose the related upsells based on complementary items and more information. You can specify how many cross-sells to show, and it lets you customize the text above the recommendations.
31. Checkout Hero
Pricing: Starting at $19.99 per month
Show discounts and promotions to customers right in the shopping cart. The offers are built off of various items. For example, you can make an offer based on tagged customers, collections or even the total price in the cart.
32. Social Login
Pricing: Starting at $1.49 per month
The Social Login app links with services like Facebook, LinkedIn and Amazon to provide quick logins for your customers.
Pricing: Free to $39.99 per month
Generate galleries from Instagram, or make your own. The shoppable galleries sell products directly from your photos, and you can curate the images from places like Instagram or your own custom photos.
Pricing: Starting at $9 per month
SocialShopWave boosts social sharing, encourages reviews and rewards customers for taking action on your site. For example, the system prompts buyers to make reviews and share their purchases with friends.
Pricing: Starting at $4.99 per month
This is one of our favorite shipping apps, since it automatically shows customers shipping times and costs involved with each purchase.
Pricing: Starting at $19 per month
Here’s an app that’s ideal for stores with brick and mortar shops as well. You can offer in-store pickup, or customers can choose to have their products delivered locally. In addition, the app provides in-store up-selling features.
Pricing: Starting at $9 per month
ShipStation lets you consolidate orders from multiple channels, print shipping labels and gain the best USPS shipping rates possible. You also get a mobile app for managing the whole process.
Pricing: Starting at $4.90 per month
Oberlo is a dropshipper’s dream, because it imports large lists of products from AliExpress, and you don’t have to worry about shipping, storage or packaging. In addition, your inventory counts and prices are constantly updated.
Pricing: Free to $14.99 per month
Interested in bulk editing multiple product prices, product types, weights or descriptions? This allows you to edit by collection, keywords and other parameters. You no longer have to edit each product individually.
Pricing: Starting at $99 per month
TradeGecko is known to make your inventory much easier to manage, so this app syncs TradeGecko with Shopify to monitor inventory and stock levels. All the data is provided in real time.
41. Tidio Live Chat
Pricing: Free to $12 per month
For a more advanced live chat module on your site, the Tidio app lets you always remain online for chatting via mobile devices. You can send automated messages, change languages and view all users on your site.
Pricing: Free to $4.99 per month
This is similar to the Questions area on Amazon. It asks customers to post questions on a product page. When an answer is submitted it goes on the product page and sends an email to the customer.
Pricing: Starting at $9 per month
Whether you’re offering services or large batch order for B2B clients, invoices come in handy. This app automatically sends the invoices for each order.
Pricing: Free ($24 per month for the next plan up)
Create banners, announcement bars and popups with the Privy. It all ties into your cart abandonment and exit intent strategy, and you can integrate with platforms like MailChimp, Soundest and Adroll.
Pricing: Free to $39.99 per month
Speed up your site by compressing images automatically! The process is rather simple: Once installed, the app provides lossless compression for current and future images.
Pricing: Starting at $9.99 per month
Scale up your store by offering sales to people in other countries! This app converts currencies so someone in France can buy from your shop located in the US. No coding is needed at all.
Pricing: Starting at $7 per month
We like this app because it exports data like customers, articles, sales stats and orders in one spreadsheet.
Pricing: Starting at $10 per month
Lucky Orange plays a video of users walking through your website. Combined with heatmaps, polls and form analytics, it gives you insights into when and why customers are leaving your site.
49. Shopify POS
Pricing: Free to $40 per month
If you own a physical store, or you’d like to sell product while on the move, the Shopify POS app provides a beautiful mobile app and a free card reader. It sends email receipts, accepts payments and tracks everything from orders to customers.
Pricing: Starting at $1.99 per month
This responsive app works with all product images, giving customers a beautiful zoom tool. You get to choose settings like background color, full screen view and how much the zoom goes in.
Sometimes you have to pay for security and trust seals in order to make your customers feel confident about shopping at your site. This app gives you plenty of seals for free, including a PCI Compliance Seal, SSL Seal, Secure Architecture Seal and Money Back Guarantee Seal
Which Shopify Apps Are Best for You?
Now that you’ve had a chance to see our favorite Shopify apps, feel free to recommend some other options in the comments below. We covered just about every category needed for a successful shop, but we know there are plenty more awesome Shopify apps out there.