Use Card on File with the Square Point of Sale App
Whether you’re selling in person, online or on the go, Square can help you process nearly any kind of payment, any way you want.
Use Card on File with the Square Point of Sale app to make selling easy:
Securely add and store payment cards from the Square POS app or from your online Square Dashboard by heading to the Customer Directory.
Seamlessly charge your customers’ stored payment cards or Square Gift Cards.
Safely carry out your business with Square handling PCI compliance and authorisation on your behalf.
Note: You must have written authorisation from your customer to save their payment card. Make sure to keep authorisation forms on file and store them securely to help prevent payment disputes.
Looking to add card on file using a different Square app? You can also manage your customer directory using:
Store Payment Cards from the Square app
There are three ways to store a card on file with the Square app:
From your in-app Customer Directory
Before a sale
After a sale
Note: Phone numbers cannot be used for Card on File notifications. The processing fee for charging a card on file from your online Square Dashboard or Square POS app is 2.2% per card payment.
Charge a Card on File with the Square app
With a stored card on file, you can charge your customer with the Square app at a future visit, all without ever using the physical card.
Add items to your cart or enter a custom amount.
Tap Charge > Card on File.
Select a customer with a card on file > tap Charge to select a payment card for the transaction.
Complete the payment flow.
With Open Tickets
Select an existing Open Ticket or add items to your cart or enter a custom amount and tap Save to create a new Open Ticket.
From the Current Sale screen, tap Add a customer.
Select an existing customer or tap Create Customer to add a new profile and card.
Tap Add to Sale.
Finalise the cart and tap Charge. Note: If you’re using a mobile device or your tablet is being used in Portrait mode (vertically), tap Review Sale > Charge.
Card on File displays as a new tender type at the bottom of the screen. Tap Card on File, then Charge next to the card on file that you would like to use for the payment.
Click Confirm and complete the payment flow.
When you charge a customer’s card on file, a receipt is automatically sent to the email address associated with their customer profile.
Note: You can enable or restrict your team’s ability to add custom amounts to transactions by editing your team member’s role from Permissions > Checkout in your online Square Dashboard. Team members that do not have permission to add custom amounts will be required to key in a manager passcode to add a custom amount to a transaction.
Unlink a Card on File
You can unlink and remove your customers’ cards on file from their profile in your Customer Directory under Edit Personal Information.
Your customers can also remove their own cards by following the link provided to them on all card on file notifications. Customers will receive notifications when their card is stored, when their email address is changed, and when a payment is made using a card on file. The link on these notifications will take them to their Card on File Dashboard, where they can view and remove the cards on file associated with your business.