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How to Add Variants to a Brand-New Product on Shopify

Last updated: March 01, 2024
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In this post, you’re going to learn how to add variants to a brand-new product on Shopify. Adding variants play an indispensable role when selling your products on Shopify, especially while you’re creating a new one. While adding information about a new product of your shop, its variants can also be added at the same time too.

If a product has several variants, the customers would have more choices which could meet their demands. For example, you are selling T-shirt on Shopify, you could add blue, green, black, grey to the option) value field if you option name is color. By doing this, you can enable your customers to know the information about the products you have, which could help them to consider easier when making their decisions.

And below are some simple steps that could help you to add the product variants more easily and effectively.

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How to add variants to a brand-new product

Step 1: Add a brand-new product

On the Shopify page, click Add Product.

add product

Step 2: Add variants

In the Add product page, you will find Variants head near the bottom. After seeing this section, click Add variants.

add variants

Step 3: Enter Option name

In the Option name box, the Size was default set. But you will be able to change it to suit your demands such as Color, Material, Style and so on.


Step 4: Enter Option values for the variant

In the option values, you could add several variants. If your option name is Material, you could add leather and canvas to the option values box. And remember to separate them with commas.

option values

Step 5: Create another variant option

If you have more than one option, click Add another option and follow the above step to create a new one. Remember that your maximum number of options which you could have is three.

shopify variants

Step 6: Manage variant options

If there is a variants option that you do not want to sell anymore, you can uncheck them. In this section, you could also make changes to the price, the SKU and the barcode.

variants option

Step 7: Save variants

After you have finished setting up. Click the Save button to save it.

To add variants on iPhone (Click here)

  • Step 1: Go the Shopify app. And when you saw Add variants on the Add product screen, tap it.

  • Step 2: Then choose Add options

  • Step 3: On the next screen, please enter the option names of your product. You can have one to three options and you can choose the ones available or add your own product option by tapping the + button.

  • Step 4: After that, you can add the product variants into the option values' text field. Choose return to move to another value.

  • Step 5: Once you have finished this step, remember to save it.

  • Step 6: If you want to have more option, you could tap the Add option and reiterate the above steps.

  • Step 7: To come back to the Product details screen after fishing adding all the necessary options, just tap the product name.

  • Step 8: The final thing you have to do is tap the Save button.

To add variants on Android (Click here)

  • Step 1: After opening the Shopify app, tap Products. Then you will see a + button on the top of your right-hand side, tap it then choose Add product.

    Add Product
  • Step 2: Scroll down to the bottom of the Add product screen, you will see the Variants section, tap Add variants

    Add variants
  • Step 3: On this screen, enter the option name that suits your needs and then tap + to enter its values.

    Option name
  • Step 4: Next, enter the values in text field one at a time. After entering one value, tap + to save it and turn to another one.

    option values
  • Step 5: When you have finished entering all the values that you want, tap the check mark to save.

  • Step 6: Tap Add option to add another option name and repeat the above steps, if you want to add another variant.

    add option
  • Step 7: After you have added all the options that you need, tap the check mark to save your process.


Above is a brief tutorial on how to add variations when creating a new product on Desktop, iPhone, and Android. I hope that it could help you to update your products details easily and sell more products.

Sam Nguyen is the CEO and founder of Avada Commerce, an e-commerce solution provider headquartered in Singapore. He is an expert on the Shopify e-commerce platform for online stores and retail point-of-sale systems. Sam loves talking about e-commerce and he aims to help over a million online businesses grow and thrive.

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