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Create and Manage Items from the Square App

Learn how to create unit types and items from the Square app.

Set Up Your Item Unit Type

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Each business is different – some Square Sellers sell whole item quantities (like articles of clothing), while others sell items by weight or length. Some businesses sell both.
By default, each new item you create will have the unit type per item. When you set your unit type, you can choose from a list of preset units, such as pounds, ounces and feet. You can also choose to add your own custom unit – in whole number or decimal quantities.

Keep in mind, time-based units, such as hours and minutes, are not yet supported with Square. However, you can always use custom units to track these items.

To set your unit type:

  1. Log in to the Square app and tap on the three horizontal lines to bring up the navigation menu > Items.
  2. Next, tap Unit > Create Unit. Search for an existing unit, or scroll to the bottom of the list and select Create Custom Unit.
  3. Next, set the unit precision. Note: The precision helps you keep track of your inventory and item sales price by allowing you to set the item count up to the ten thousandths place (.00000).

Keep in mind, each custom unit type must have a unique name. Names are not case-sensitive.

Edit or Delete a Unit Type

To edit or delete a unit type online:

  1. Log in to the Square app and tap on the three horizontal lines to bring up the navigation menu > Items.
  2. Next, tap Unit and then click an existing unit. If you’re updating a custom unit, you’ll see the option to change the name and abbreviation. You’ll also see the option to change the precision.
  3. Choose to Save your changes, or click Delete to remove the unit type altogether.

Note: By default, if an item is assigned to a unit type you delete, the new unit type will convert to a per item quantity. Additionally, Updating a unit type will not adjust your stock counts.

Create an Item

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Once you set up your unit type, you’re ready to start creating your items.

To get started:

  1. Log in to the Square app and tap on the three horizontal lines to bring up the navigation menu > Items > All Items > Create Item.
  2. Enter the item name, unit type, price, SKU and stock amount. If the item has multiple price points, tap Add Variation.
  3. Add any applicable modifiers, and enable or disable sales tax.
  4. Once you’re all set, tap Save.

Edit or Delete an Item

You can update an item from the Item Details page:

  1. Tap Items. Search or scroll through your item list and click an existing item.
  2. You can update the item name, category, description, unit type, stock amount or variations.
  3. Choose to Save your changes, or click Delete Item From This Location.

Learn more about setting up your item library with Square.