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Connect Recommended Hardware to Square Stand

Square Stand makes it easy to connect compatible cash drawers, receipt printers, barcode scanners and scales. To start, be sure your Square Stand is connected to the USB hub and plugged into a power outlet.

Connect Hardware to the Square Stand

Compatible USB cash drawers, receipt printers, barcode scanners and scales can be plugged into the USB port of the Square Stand's USB hub. The USB hub is the rectangular component that connects to the Stand and then to the power adaptor.

For Square Stand (2nd Generation) only, the USB hub is optional. If you do not want to use the USB hub, simply remove it from the power cable and connect the USB-C power cable directly to the Square Stand and outlet.

When a piece of hardware is properly connected, the Square app will give you confirmation. To test your connected hardware:

  1. Tap ≡ More from the navigation bar.

  2. Tap Settings > Hardware.

  3. Tap the hardware you’d like to test from the list (e.g., Cash Drawers, Printers).

  4. Tap Test.

Connect USB Hardware

USB Printers

  1. Depending on the model of printer, plug the appropriate cord directly into your USB hub or router.
  2. From the Square app, tap ≡ More > tap Settings > Hardware.
  3. Tap Printers > Create Printer Station.
  4. Enter a printer name, select the appropriate printer from the Printer model list, and specify what the printer will be used for (e.g. Receipts, Bills and Reports, Order tickets, etc).
  5. Review your printer settings - including the option to Automatically Print Receipts, Entering a Custom Name or Number for the order, or selecting the specific categories to print on the ticket.
  6. Tap Save.
  7. Tap Test Printer to ensure the hardware is working properly.

Printer-Driven Cash Drawers

If you need to connect more than three hardware accessories to your Square Stand we recommend using a printer-driven cash drawer to free up space on your USB hub.

  1. After successfully connecting your printer by following the instructions above and creating a printer station, connect the cash drawer’s interface cable directly into your receipt printer.
  2. From the Square app, tap ≡ More > tap Settings > Hardware.
  3. Tap Cash drawers.
  4. Tap Test Cash Drawer to ensure the hardware is working as needed.

Note: Printer-driven cash drawers will not appear under Available Cash Drawers, but you can ensure they work by tapping Test Cash Drawer as noted above. A properly connected cash drawer will open automatically after every cash payment.

USB Cash Drawers

You can also connect USB cash drawers that do not require a printer to operate with your Square Stand.

  1. Connect the cash drawer’s USB cable directly into your USB hub.
  2. From the Square app, tap ≡ More > tap Settings > Hardware.
  3. Tap Cash drawers > confirm the appropriate cash drawer is listed under Available Cash Drawers.
  4. Tap Test Cash Drawer to ensure the hardware is working as needed.

Note: A properly connected cash drawer will open automatically after every cash payment.

USB Barcode Scanners

  1. With your Square Stand running Square Point of Sale, plug your barcode scanner into the USB hub.
  2. From the Square app, tap ≡ More > tap Settings > Hardware.
  3. Tap Barcode scanners > confirm the appropriate barcode scanner is listed under Available Barcode Scanners.

USB Scale

The CAS PD-2 USB scale is supported with the following Square Stands:

  • Square Stand (2nd generation)
  • Square Stand for iPad (2021, 2020, 2019), 10.5” iPad Air (2019), iPad Pro 10.5”
  • Square Stand for iPad (2017, 2018), iPad Pro 9.7”, and iPad Air (1, 2)

A successful connection requires the following:

  • USB cable for your Square Stand Model: This can be purchased through Square Shop. If you purchased the CAS PD-2 USB scale for your Square Stand model from Square Shop, the cable is included.
  • Serial to HID adapter (only for Square Stand for iPad (2017, 2018), iPad Pro 9.7”, and iPad Air (1, 2))
  • Null model adapter/null modem cable
  • National Measurement Institute certified sticker

To connect the CAS PD-2 scale to your Square Stand for iPad (2021, 2020, 2019), 10.5” iPad Air (2019), iPad Pro 10.5”:

  1. Plug the 9-pin RS-232 male side of the FTDI cable into the female end of the null modem adapter/null modem cable.
  2. Plug the male end of the null modem adapter/null modem cable into the port on your scale.
  3. Plug the male side of the USB-A into a hardware hub for the Square Stand.

To connect the CAS PD-2 scale to your Square Stand for iPad (2017, 2018), iPad Pro 9.7”, and iPad Air (1, 2):

  1. Plug the 9-pin male end of the serial-to-HID adapter into the female end of the null modem adapter/null modem cable. Then plug the male end of the null modem adapter/null modem cable into the port on your scale. To keep the adapter firmly connected, twist the security screws into place.
  2. Plug the micro-USB end of the cable into the adapter, and plug the USB-A side of the cable into the USB accessory hub on Square Stand.

To check the connection of your scale:

  1. Open the Square Point of Sale app and tap ≡ More.
  2. Tap Settings > Hardware > Scales.
  3. The connected scale should appear in the app menu as USB Scale. If you do not see the scale name appear under Settings, please check the connection between your scale and relevant cables, or accessories.

To disconnect the scale, just unplug the scale’s cable from your device.

Note: The Square Point of Sale app can only connect to one scale at a time. The CAS PD-2 USB scale is not supported on iPads with no Square Stand or on iPhone at this time. For a list of all supported hardware by device, check out our hardware compatibility page.

Connect Bluetooth Hardware

Bluetooth Barcode Scanner

To connect a Bluetooth barcode scanner to your Square Stand:

  1. Scan the barcode below to put your Bluetooth Socket Mobile SocketScan S700 into iOS pairing mode.
  2. Visit your iPad’s Settings.
  3. Make sure Bluetooth is toggled on.
  4. Tap Socket S700 from the Devices menu to pair it.

Socket Mobile Bluetooth Pairing Barcode

Note: Bluetooth can pair with only one mobile device at a time. To pair your Bluetooth hardware with a different iPad, you’ll first need to unpair it.

To unpair your scanner:

  1. Hold the Trigger button (large button) and the Power button (small button) down together until you hear three beeps.
  2. Release both buttons.

Follow the same steps above to pair your barcode scanner to a different iPad.

Bluetooth Receipt Printer

To connect a Bluetooth receipt printer to your Stand:

  1. From the iPad’s home screen, tap Settings.
  2. Tap Bluetooth > toggle the switch on.
  3. Press the iPad’s home button > tap and open the Square app.
  4. From the Square app, tap ≡ More from the navigation bar.
  5. Tap Settings > Hardware > Printers.
  6. TapConnect a Bluetooth Printe and follow the steps in the new window.

From the Square app you’ll see confirmation the printer is connected.

  1. Tap Printer and select your USB printer. To test your printer connection, tap Test Print.
  2. Toggle on Receipts, Order Tickets, and/or Order Ticket Stubs.
  3. Tap Save.

Once your receipt printer is connected, learn more about printing customer receipts and order tickets for your kitchen.

Note: Bluetooth printers are only compatible with iPads running the latest version of Apple iOS.

Connect Ethernet Hardware

Ethernet Printer

To connect an Ethernet printer to your Stand:

  1. Locate your wireless router with Ethernet port and make sure you have a strong Wi-Fi signal.
  2. Connect one end of the Ethernet cable into the rear panel of the printer, and plug the other end of the cable into the wireless router’s Ethernet port.
  3. From the Square app, tap More from the navigation bar at the bottom of your screen.
  4. Tap Settings > Hardware > Printers > Create Printer Station.
  5. Enter a printer station name.
  6. Select Printer and select your printer.
  7. Make sure the receipt printer and your device are connected to the same Wi-Fi network. To test your connection, tap Print Test. For iOS devices, Square needs access to your local network in order to connect to network printers. Toggle ON for Local Network in your device Settings > Square > Local Network to enable access, then relaunch the Square app.
  8. Under the section Use this printer for, toggle on whether you’d like to print: Receipts, In-person order tickets, Online order tickets, Order ticket stubs or Void tickets.
  9. Tap Save.

To connect multiple devices to the same Ethernet printer, follow these steps with each iOS device. You can also print copies of the same receipt to multiple printers from one device.

Note: Your printer must have an Ethernet interface. You can order swappable interfaces but be sure to request the Ethernet connection type on your printer.

Connect Wi-Fi Hardware

Wireless Printer

To connect a Wi-Fi printer to your Square Stand:

  1. Ensure that your device is connected to your Wi-Fi network.
  2. From the Square app, tap ≡ More from the navigation barn.
  3. Tap Settings > Hardware > Printers > Create Printer Station.
    4 Enter a printer station name.
    5 Tap Printer and select your printer.
    6 Make sure the receipt printer and your device are connected to the same Wi-Fi network. To test your connection, tap Print Test.
    7 Under the section Use this printer for, toggle on whether you’d like to print: Receipts, In-person order tickets, Online order tickets, Order ticket stubs or Void tickets.
    8 Tap Save.

Note: For iOS devices, Square needs access to your local network in order to connect to network printers. To do this, go to your iOS device Settings, then tap Square. Toggle on Local Network to enable access, then relaunch the Square app.

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