Get Started with Square for Restaurants
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Square for Restaurants is our built-from-scratch platform designed specifically for restaurants. Whether you have a full service or a grab and go, Square for Restaurants is built for your front of house, back of house and office.
Check out the full comparison of features between Square POS, the Square for Restaurants Free Plan and Plus Plan.
Sign Up and Set Up Your Account
Sign Up: If you’re ready to get started, the first step is to sign up for your free 30-day trial. If you’re just getting started with Square, you’ll need to create a new account. If you already have an existing account, click Sign in with your Square account.
Download the Restaurants App: The Restaurants app is an all-in-one restaurant solution. You can manage tables, bills and team members. Square for Restaurants Free is available on both iPad and Square Register, but Square for Restaurants Plus features are only available on iPads at this time.
Learn About Pricing: Your Square for Restaurants subscription price is based on the number of active locations and devices.
If you’ve already created a Square account, upgrading to Square for Restaurants is simple. When you subscribe, all of your existing account information will be available with Square for Restaurants – including your items, customers, team members and bank account information.
Review the full comparison of features between Square POS, the Square for Restaurants Free Plan and Plus Plan.
Square for Restaurants and Square Register
To get started for the first time with Square for Restaurants Free on Square Register, simply sign in using your email and password or create a Restaurant device code from your online Square Dashboard. Then, sign in by tapping Device Code in the top corner of the Register screen. Then you can start taking payments.
Note: Square for Restaurants Plus features are not compatible with Square Register.
If this is your first time using the Square Register and you’ve already completed setup, make sure to check for an update by tapping Utilities > Settings > General > About Register > Software Update. You must be on version 4.17 or higher to log into Square for Restaurants.
Note: Square Register checks for an update every 15 minutes. If you don’t see one right away and your current version is lower than 4.17, make sure your device is connected to the internet and wait several more minutes for an update to appear.
If you have already been accepting payments on Square Register using Square Point of Sale, simply sign out of each device. Next, sign in using your email and password and select Square for Restaurants. You can also create a Restaurants device code from your online Square Dashboard to sign in, and start taking payments.
Create Device Codes: Customise your point of sale settings and sign into the Restaurants app. Enable Shared Settings if you have multiple points of sale at your restaurant. Note: The process for signing into the Restaurants app is a little different from the Square Point of Sale app; rather than using your email address and password to sign in, you’ll need to create a device code.
Next, you can create menus for each location and service – add drinks, starters, mains, item categories and inventory counts.
Manage and Track Items: Learn how to track your inventory, call-out items and view inventory history.
Set Up Team Members
Create profiles for each team member at your restaurant.
Once you download the Square for Restaurants app and receive your hardware, you can start setting up your restaurant’s kitchen and waiter stations.
Hardware Compatibility by Device: Make sure you’re connecting compatible hardware. Square for Restaurants is available and compatible with both iPad and Square Register.
Set Up Your Hardware with Square for Restaurants: Configure your hardware from the app.
Connect Recommended Hardware to Square Stand: If you’re using the Square Stand, learn how to connect hardware with the plug-and-play USB port.
Use Square Terminal with Square for Restaurants: Use Square Terminal for tableside ordering.
Table and Floor Management
After you’ve set up your Square for Restaurants account, you’re ready to start seating tables and accepting payments.
Accept Payments with Square for Restaurants: Process payments, split bills, accept tips and finalise bills.
Bill Management: View bill actions – including how to move, assign or void bills from the Restaurants app.
Seat Tracking: Set and edit cover counts from Square Terminal as well as add items to a specific seat during order entry. These settings can be adjusted from your Dashboard Device Settings. You can assign a cover count to a table and a seat position to specific items at that table from any Square for Restaurants device. If there are any changes to the number of guests at a table, you can easily edit the number of seats on the open bill.
Square Online, powered by Square, enables you to design your own website where customers can place online orders for pickup and shipping.
Once you get started, you’ll be able to manage incoming orders from the Restaurants app or your online Square Dashboard. To get started, just head to the Orders tab of your online Square Dashboard.
End of Day and Reporting
With Square for Restaurants, you’ll have access to a suite of reporting tools.
Customise Your Closing Procedures: Customising your closing procedures is the best way to ensure your team members complete all of the necessary steps before ending their shifts or closing the restaurant.
Square for Restaurants Reports: Access in-app and online reports for a detailed breakdown of item and team member sales.
End of Day Reports: Run team member shift, close of day and cash drawer reports to close your restaurant.
Tip Out Team Members: (if applicable to your business) Tip out team members payment card tips from an open cash drawer, or calculate tip pooling.