Manually Key In Card Payments without the Square Reader

If your customer or a payment card isn’t present, you can manually enter your customers’ card information without a Square Reader on a supported device, or send an invoice from your online Square Dashboard or mobile device

For manually entered transactions, Square’s fee is 3.4% + 15 cents. Learn more about Square’s fees.

Note: You are unable to manually enter payments while in Offline Mode.

Steps to Manually Enter Payments

To accept payments on a supported device using the Square app without a reader:

  1. Ring up a transaction by adding items or entering custom amounts using the keypad. 
  2. Tap Charge to process the payment.
  3. Tap Credit Card or Card to enter the card number, expiration date, security code, and the customer’s billing postal code.
  4. Tap Charge.
  5. If you have signatures enabled, ask your customer to sign with their finger. If you’re using an Android device, you’ll skip the signature screen entirely. Your customer can also leave a tip if this feature is enabled. You can write Phone or Internet Order in place of a signature when your customer is unavailable to sign. If you want to cancel the payment, tap the X in the upper-left corner.
  6. After the customer taps Done Signing they can enter their preferred receipt delivery method.
  7. You’ll see a final screen that reads You’re All Done after the payment completes.

Tap New Sale to take another payment.

Note: Change the quantity, apply tax, add a description or remove an item by tapping it in your current sale.

Required Information for Manual Entry

We require all of the following information for transactions entered manually:

  • Complete card number
  • Expiration date
  • Security code/CVV
  • Billing postal code

If any piece of information is entered incorrectly, the card will be declined. If the card numbers entered turn red, review Square’s payment troubleshooting.

Learn how merchants protect themselves from fraud and chargebacks with safety tips for manually entered transactions.