Connect Square Point of Sale to Square Terminal
With Square Point of Sale, you can wirelessly connect Square Terminal to any tablet, iPad, or smartphone to make checkout easier for your customers. With the Square for Retail App, you can wirelessly connect Square Terminal to a compatible iOS device.
In seconds, you can turn Square Terminal into a dedicated customer display and checkout device. You can also:
Let customers check out anywhere: Keep your POS at the counter and use Square Terminal to let customers pay curbside or tableside.
Sell accurately and minimise errors: Show customers their itemised cart and total before they complete the transaction.
Keep a safe distance: Minimise contact by ringing up a sale via Square POS app or Square Retail app, and then your customer completes the transaction on Square Terminal.
Important to Note
Before getting started, make sure that your Square Terminal, Square POS app, Square for Retail app and your phone, iPad or tablet is up to date.
This feature is not yet available with Square Appointments, Square for Restaurants, or Square Invoices apps.
Connect Square Terminal to Square Point of Sale
Watch our YouTube video to learn more about connecting your Square Terminal to your Square POS app:
Connect Square Terminal to Square for Retail
Device codes will expire after five minutes. If your device code expires before you complete the pairing process, you'll need to generate a new code by following the same steps again.
Make a note of this device code, and grab your Square Terminal device to begin the next steps. You can reuse this same device code if you ever need to reconnect to your Square Terminal.
Take Payments with Square Terminal
Go to the Checkout page of your Square app.
Build a cart by selecting an item from your Item Library or entering a custom amount, then press Charge. Note: You can enable or restrict your team’s ability to add custom amounts to transactions by going to Permissions > Checkout in your online Square Dashboard.
On the tender screen, tap Continue next to your Square Terminal’s nickname and have your customer complete payment by following the instructions on the Square Terminal.
Note: Split tender functionality is not yet supported on Square Terminal connected with Square Point of Sale app or Square for Retail app. To accept split tender payments, connect a Square Reader to your POS device to complete the payment.
Cancel Payments with Square Terminal
If you want to cancel a payment, tap the X on either your Square app or on Square Terminal. You’ll see a notification in the Square app that the buyer has cancelled. You can then confirm the cancellation by tapping X and then Cancel Payment, or you can attempt the checkout again by tapping Try again.
Printing Receipts on the Square Terminal
When you connect your Square Terminal with your Square app, receipts will be printed from your Square Terminal for card payments.
Note: When your customer pays with cash, payments are marked as completed on your Square POS device. As the transaction is not sent to the Square Terminal, the terminal will not print receipts for cash payments. We recommend connecting a supported printer to your Square POS device to print all receipts.
Access Settings on the Square Terminal
From the “Powered by Square” screen on Square Terminal, swipe the screen from the left to reveal the menu that provides access to Checkout, Settings, and Support.
Under Settings, you can configure your:
Display and sound options
Accessibility for talkback or magnification
Other general settings, including date and time, device names, and language
Disconnect Your Square Terminal
On your POS device, tap Menu, then tap Settings > Hardware > Square Terminal.
Tap Disconnect from this device.
Tap Disconnect to confirm. Square Terminal will disconnect from POS automatically.
Note: If the disconnection fails, Square Terminal will continue to display the “Powered by Square” screen, and you'll need to manually sign out by swiping from the top left side of the Square Terminal screen to reveal the menu, then tap Settings > Sign Out. Tap Sign Out again to confirm.
Square Terminal FAQ
Find answers to common questions about connecting your device to a Square Terminal.