A Square vs. Tyro comparison.

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Square vs. Tyro – a direct comparison table

3.9/5

Square’s Trustpilot score

1.4/5

Tyro’s Trustpilot score

Cost comparison

  Square Tyro
In-person processing fee and monthly fees* 1.6% on Square Terminal and Square Register
1.9% on Square Reader or Square Stand

No monthly fees for payments
1.4%
+
$29 Monthly rental fees
apply for EFTPOS machines
One simple fee on
in-person Afterpay transactions
Yes
Processing fees
+ separate fee to Afterpay
No chargeback fees
Yes
Information not available publicly
No additional fees for
American Express or JCB
Yes
Additional fees may apply
for EFTPOS machines
No hardware rental fees
Yes
No monthly fees for Tyro Go or BYO.

$29 Monthly rental fees apply for
Countertop and Mobile EFTPOS
Next day transfer to
external bank account
Yes
No
Weekend transfer to external bank account
Yes
No
Instant transfer -
access funds in minutes (for a small fee)
Yes
No

In-person payments

  Square Tyro
Award-winning POS app
with inventory management
and more
Yes and there are no monthly fees
when you take payments with Square.
No
All-in-one POS system with
customer display and built-in software
Square Register - $1,099
No
Portable EFTPOS machine
with built-in receipt printer &
pre-installed POS software
Square Terminal - $329 $29 per month for Mobile EFTPOS.
No POS software included
Countertop iPad POS stand with
built-in card reader
Square Stand - $149
No
POS Hardware starting price Square Reader - $39 Tyro Go - $59
Custom physical and digital gift cards
Yes
No
Afterpay acceptance in person
Yes
Yes
Built-in surcharge feature
Yes
Yes
Offline mode
(Process card payments
without internet access)
Yes, with Square Terminal
and Square Register
No
Start taking payments in minutes
Yes
No

Online and remote payments

  Square Tyro
Free online store
Yes
No
Website templates
Yes
No
Online ordering
for Restaurants
Yes
No
Photo Studio app for
item library and online store
Yes
No
Payment links
Yes
Information not available publicly
Invoicing software
Yes
No
Virtual Terminal to take
payments over the phone
or on your computer
Yes
Yes
Afterpay acceptance online
Yes
No
e-Gift Cards
Yes
No
Requests payments via SMS
Yes
No

Solutions designed for you

  Square Tyro
Retail POS System
Yes
No
Restaurant POS System
Yes
No
POS System for
Appointments-based
businesses
Yes
No
Kitchen Display System
Yes
No
Loyalty program software
Yes
No
Email marketing software
Yes
No
Team management software
including rostering
and time tracking
Yes
No
Inventory management
Yes
No
Customer management
Yes
Yes

*Custom pricing may be available for businesses processing over $250k per year.

Competitive data on this page was collected as of 14 September 2023 and is based on information found on tyro.com. This information is subject to change or update without notice. Square does not make any representations as to the completeness or accuracy of the information on this page.

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Square is the all-in-one payments and POS partner you need to grow your business, whether you’re selling in person, online or both.

What makes Square different?

Accept payments however you need with Square

Whether you need EFTPOS payments for your retail store, quick-service restaurant, beauty salon or on-the-go payments, Square offers the reliability and ease of use that every business needs.

In-person contactless payments

With our range of POS apps that work seamlessly with our range of hardware, you can easily take payments in person at your counter or on the go.

Online

Set up a free online store and accept payments wherever your customers are. Already have an online store or mobile app? Integrate with our online payment services.

Manually Keyed In

Accept payments over the phone by keying in card information directly into your Square app or web browser.

Send a payment request

Create and send digital invoices or send your customers a checkout link to pay via text or email.

Why people choose Square over Tyro.

When comparing Square vs Tyro for payments, many people are drawn to Square’s all-in-one system of hardware and software and the support this provides when it comes to growing their business.

Speed

With Square’s ability to create an account and get set up online in minutes in most cases, you can start taking payments straight away.

Simplicity

With a fully integrated system and the free Square Point of Sale app when you take card payments with Square, you only pay transaction fees when you take the payment.

Security

With Square’s team of fraud experts and dispute agents by your side, you can protect your business from fraudulent purchases and payment disputes. And all at no extra cost.

Stylish hardware

Impress customers and stand out from the crowd with Square’s suite of payment hardware products that suits any business.

Frequently Asked Questions

(by people thinking about switching from Tyro to Square POS)

Is it easy to switch and migrate from Tyro to Square?

Yes, all you have to do is create a free Square account and you can start taking payments. Square also integrates with third-party software like Xero and Quickbooks to keep track of everything when you switch.

How do I get started?

You can go from downloading Square POS to making your first sale in minutes in most cases by signing up for your free account here. Our hardware works out of the box with no configuration required.

How do Square’s processing fees work?

You’ll just pay one flat fee per transaction. You purchase our hardware outright, so there are no monthly rental costs. You also get access to our POS app completely free. Learn more about how our fees work and what that processing fee covers.

How much does Square hardware cost?

Our hardware costs anywhere from $39 to $1,099, with interest-free instalment plans available. It all depends on your business needs. You also own the hardware outright, meaning there are no monthly rental costs.

Does Square offer custom pricing?

Yes, we can create custom pricing packages for some businesses that process more than $250K in card sales. Custom pricing will vary depending on your processing volume, average ticket size, your history as a Square seller and some other factors. Contact sales.

Does Square integrate with my current POS system?

Square is able to integrate with some POS software, but the benefit of using Square is that we’re an all-in-one package. Plus our POS is completely free to use. It’s also simple to switch from your current POS by importing your items and customer information.

Does Square integrate with third-party platforms like Xero and MYOB?

You bet. Square partners with several business providers that you can be integrated directly with your Square account. You can see a full list of Square’s partners right from your online Square Dashboard. Explore App Marketplace.

Run your business online.

Whether or not your business has a brick-and-mortar location, building a robust online presence can help you engage shoppers from a distance.

  • Build your free website to take orders, sell goods, manage inventory and book appointments – all synced through your POS system.
  • Accept every kind of payment and track all your sales in one place – from your online store, invoices, payments over the phone and in-person sales.
  • Sell online – including through Instagram – and offer pickup and delivery options.

Pricing

Square has no set up fees or monthly fees to accept payments. Only pay when you take a card payment.

Processing rate

1.6%

Per tap or insert on Square Terminal and Square Register.

1.9%

Per tap or insert on Square Reader or Square Stand.

2.2%

For any online, card on file, invoice or manually keyed-in payment.

Hardware starting at

$39

with the Square Reader

Monthly fee

$0 per month

No long-term commitments or contracts

Ask about a custom rate.

We can create custom pricing packages for some businesses that process more than $250K in card sales.

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Pay no extra fees
You only pay when you accept a card. That’s it. No setup fee, no monthly minimum fee, no compliance fee, no hardware rental fee.

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*All payment plans are issued by Square AU Pty. Ltd. All plans are interest-free. First payment will be due at checkout. Available plan lengths vary from 3, 6, and/or 12 instalments based on purchase amount. All plans subject to credit approval.