How To Password Protect Your Shopify Store

When launching a new Shopify store or preparing for a release, password protection can provide an effective way to limit access to your online store.

By setting up a password, you can control who can view and make purchases from your store, allowing you to build anticipation or cater to a specific audience.

Below, we'll walk you through the process of password protecting your Shopify store, ensuring that you have the privacy and control you need.

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How To Password Protect Your Shopify Store


Navigate to your Shopify sign in page and login.

Shopify Login

Online Store > Preferences

In the Shopify admin panel, locate and click on the "Online Store" tab in the left-hand menu. From the dropdown menu, select "Preferences."

Go to Online Store then Preferences

Enabling Password Protection

Once you're in the "Preferences" section, scroll down until you find the "Password protection" heading. To activate password protection for your store, tick the checkbox to enable password protection, then add a password in the text box.

Enable the password protection checkbox

Setting a Strong Password

Choose a unique and strong password that will be required for customers/users to access your store.

Aim for a combination of uppercase and lowercase letters, numbers, and special characters. Ensure that your password is memorable for you, but difficult for others to guess.

NOTE: It is important to set a strong, unique password! Leverage the many free tools to help you generate a password.

LastPass is currently the major player in town when it comes to generating and storing passwords securly - check them out.



Saving the Password Protection

Once you are satisfied with the password, click on the "Save" button to apply the changes.

Save the password changes

Testing the Password Protection

To confirm that the password protection is functioning correctly, open a new browser window or incognito tab and enter your store's URL.

You should be prompted to enter the password. Enter the password, and if successful, you will gain access to your store.

Test the new password is working

The Takeaway

Password protecting your Shopify store offers an effective means of controlling access to your online business.

Following the above steps, will esnure you can easily enable and disable password protection, allowing you to build anticipation, limit access, or cater to a specific audience during pre-launch or exclusive releases.

NOTE: Choose a strong password and take advantage of Shopify's customization options to maintain brand consistency.

Utilize password protection wisely to strike a balance between privacy and engaging your target audience effectively.

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Terry Wingfield

A techy at heart, with over 10+ years of software engineering skills, and 5+ years experience in ecommerce, retention, and personalization.