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Accept Payments on Square Register

Once you’ve set up your Square Register, you can start processing payments right away.

Taking Payments with Square Register

Position the customer display so your customers can easily see it and pay with their cards and devices. To take a payment, build your cart and tap Charge. Learn more about accepted cards with Square.


The contactless logo lights up after tapping Charge. Ask your customer to hold a contactless device or card near the contactless logo to trigger the payment. If the transaction is over $200, the customer must enter their PIN.


Ask your customer to insert a chip card into the illuminated chip card slot on the customer display and leave it in place until they have entered their PIN and the sale is complete. If prompted, your customer can select their preferred account after inserting their card before entering their PIN on the customer display.

Note: The front of the card should face upwards if the customer display is docked, and towards your customer if the customer display is undocked.


Ask your customer to swipe a magnetic-stripe only card through the magstripe reader on the customer display. Customers can swipe either direction and must enter a PIN if the transaction is over $200. Note: Only internationally issued cards without a chip can be swiped, or cards with a chip that is faulty.

Docked Display
Undocked display

Add Images to Your Customer Display

Square Register’s customer display can show up to eight custom images when not in use. This is a great way to share your company’s brand, highlight specific products, or announce sales and events.

To get started, you’ll first upload your image(s) from your online Square Dashboard, then configure the appearance from your Square Register. Here’s how:

To upload your image(s):

  1. Sign in to Account & Settings in your online Square Dashboard.

  2. Expand the Business tab > click Locations.

  3. Select the location you’d like to update or create a new one.

  4. Scroll to Point of Sale Checkout Background, and click the + icon in the image box to upload your image(s).

  5. Add up to eight images, and click Save.

To configure your customer display and image settings:

  1. On your Square Register, tap the down arrow at the top of the screen.

  2. Select Settings > Hardware > Customer Display.

  3. Toggle on Show Image.

  4. If you have more than one image to display, you’ll see the option to choose the speed of your image slideshow.

Connect Hardware Accessories

The accessory hub lets you connect a cash drawer, printer, or bar code scanner to Register via USB. Learn more about supported hardware accessories for Square Register.

Note: Charging USB devices is not supported by the hardware hub USB ports.

Supported Point of Sale Features

Square Register allows you to do a lot more than take payments. Learn more about what your device can do: