PayPal Here point of sale (POS) review

PayPal Here simple and versatile payment processing service.

PayPal Here POS system
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TechRadar Verdict

A popular POS system provider with top-notch customer service.


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    Affordable pricing

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    No hidden costs

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    Quick and easy set up

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    12 month warranty

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    Intuitive interface


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    Lack of advanced features

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    Not suitable for high-volume businesses

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Ed: Paypal has confirmed that Here will be retired on April 3rd 2023. Paypal said in a statement that PayPal Here services (including both the card reader devices and the PayPal Here App) will no longer be available. This means you will not be able to accept payments through PayPal Here with the card reader device or via the PayPal Here App from that date. You can upgrade to our latest point-of-sale solution, PayPal Zettle, to continue accepting payments, manage inventory, and track sales. 

Aside from making payment processing a breeze, the best pos system should offer a suite of services for merchants to gain insights to grow their business. While most know PayPal as an online payments system, not many know that the company has its own PayPal Here POS application and mobile payment processing system. 

With Paypal Here point of sale system, merchants can accept payments anywhere with just a smartphone or tablet. In this PayPal Here POS review, we’ll look at the service’s pricing, features, interface, support, and security to help you determine if the platform is suitable for your business. 

PayPal Here POS: Plans and pricing 

While the mobile app that accompanies your card reader is free to download, merchants will have to purchase a reader that is right for their business. PayPal Here offers three devices that differ in price point and functionality. With all three devices, you’ll have to pay transaction fees that PayPal charges separately.

The cheapest reader ($24.99) is the Chip and Swipe Reader, which accepts chip and magnetic-stripe payments and is EMV compliant to support the latest payment security standards. PayPal’s entry-level reader does not support NFC/contactless transactions from apps such as Apple Pay or Android Pay. 

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PayPal Here POS pricing plans
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Card reader cost$24.99 $59.99$79.99

For that, PayPal offers a Chip and Tap Reader and a Chip and Tap Bundle. The former, which will set you back $59.99, gets you a device that takes chip, contactless, and magnetic-stripe payments. Finally, the Chip and Tap Bundle ($79.99) includes the Chip and Tap Reader along with a charging stand that keeps your reader charged all day long. 

PayPal Here also offers many POS hardware accessories, like printers, cash drawers, POS stands, and more to complete your setup. 

PayPal Here POS: Features 

PayPal Here point of sale

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While PayPal Here isn’t the most feature-rich POS service provider, it does offer some useful features that are worth mentioning.


Multiple payment options

With PayPal Here, you’ll be able to receive and process payments online, in person, or through personalized invoices. For online payments, your customers can pay via PayPal, PayPal Credit, credit cards, debit cards, and Venmo. Customers purchasing in person can opt for credit card, debit card, or contactless payments, depending on the reader that you have on your premises. PayPal Here also has an option for you to create, send out, and track your invoices and payments via the app.

All payments will go to the available balance on your PayPal account. You can then transfer the money to your bank account to be withdrawn.


Inventory and product management

On the PayPal Here app, you can build your inventory and create a database of items for sale by adding photos and descriptions. You’ll also be able to sort your products into categories. If you are selling an item that has multiple options (size, colors, designs), you can assign variations to the item from the app. You’ll also be able to create a list of your best-selling items so that they show up quickly on the system.


Employee and customer management tools

Up to 1000 users can access a single PayPal Here account at any given time. This allows you to track the sales activity of each of your employees so that you’re aware of their performance. On the app, you can select the permissions you’d like a particular user to have. For example, you could allow a manager to issue refunds but deny this permission to your other employees.

In terms of customer management, PayPal Here offers basic tools. Users can enter customer details such as their name and contact number, which can later be used for marketing purposes.


Reporting and analytics

PayPal Here’s reporting tools are rather basic. You can view and print basic sales reports which provide you some insights into the transactions by each salesperson, the items purchased, or transaction type.

PayPal Here POS: Interface and in use

PayPal Here POS user interface

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Getting started with PayPal Here POS is a breeze. All you’ll have to do is download the app and sign up for an account. You’ll then be greeted with the app's intuitive and clean interface. With a few clicks and scrolls you’ll be able to manage your inventory, view basic sales reports, and edit your business information. 

On the customer-facing end, the mobile readers are just as easy to use. 

PayPal HERE Sales Activity Interface

The PayPal Here app sports a clean, bright and intuitive interface. (Image credit: PayPal Here)

PayPal Here POS: Support 

PayPal Here offers multiple channels of customer support for its POS system users. On its website, you’ll find a Help Center where you can search for video tutorials, how-to guides, and answers to your queries pertaining to account setup, payment processing, and more. The service also has an active community forum where users can communicate with one another. 

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If you prefer to contact a customer support agent, PayPal Here’s support team is available through the phone or email. On our test, the service’s friendly support team responded to our email query within 72 hours. 

PayPal Here POS: Security 

PayPal Here is PCI-DSS compliant, and all transactions on its readers are end-to-end encrypted, so you won’t have to worry about losing your sensitive data, and that of your customers, to breaches. 

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For extra security, PayPal Here monitor client transactions 24/7, as a precaution for any suspicious payment activity or fraud.  

PayPal Here POS: The competition

With no ongoing contract and a low entry cost, PayPal Here is great for small businesses looking for a secure and easy-to-use payment processing system. Large-scale business owners with higher demands, however, may find PayPal Here’s features too basic. 


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For these users, services like Adyen POS and Helcim POS that provide advanced features such as plug-ins, integrations, advanced analytics, and detailed reports may be more appropriate. These services, however, see pricing plans that are much more complex than PayPal’s simple pricing. 

PayPal Here POS: Final verdict

With an easy-to-use app, simple backend features, clear pricing, and no contract to tie you down, PayPal Here POS is great for small business owners looking for a simple POS setup. Large-scale business owners with high-volume sales, however, may find the PayPal Here lacks advanced features and isn’t as comprehensive as they’d like. 

That said, PayPal Here’s comprehensive support, ease of use, convenience, and multiple payment options make the service easy to recommend. 

Joanne Heng

Joanne is a freelance writer based in Singapore, with a background in Sociology and a keen interest in technology. A seasoned and passionate writer, Joanne has worked with such global publications as TechRadar, Tom's Guide, CreativeBloq, and more. When she's not writing, she can usually be found binge-watching trashy reality shows on Netflix.