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Compare Square Stand and Terminal

In addition to our suite of Square Readers, we offer two counter-top point of sale solutions, the Square Terminal and the Square Stand for Contactless and Chip

Here are some important things to know about our counter-top options:

  • They’re not linked to any specific Square point of sale account or bank account.
  • They can be shared among multiple Square accounts or locations.
  • They don’t store specific account holder or buyer information. If your hardware is lost or stolen, you can rest assured that your account information is stored safely and securely on our servers.

Square Terminal

Square Terminal

Complete Integration Square Terminal is an all-in-one product that is 100% built by Square and does not require a separate device. Square Terminal accepts all payment types and print receipts in one compact device.
Fast Processing Speed Square Terminal can process chip cards in just seconds to keep your line moving. Never miss a sale because of slow transactions.
Durable and Strong Sell confidently knowing Terminal has ultra-durable construction, including Gorilla glass.
Improved Security Software built specifically to run your point of sale keeps your device completely on the Square System and does not allow 3rd party apps or web access.
Powerful Battery Ditch the messy cords and sell all day with a battery designed to last from open to close.
Network Options Square Terminal can be connected via WiFi or Ethernet (with purchase of Hub for Square Terminal) while iPhones, iPads, Android phones, Android tablets devices must be connected via WiFi or cellular connection.
Improved Security Software built specifically to run your point of sale keeps your device completely in Square’s ecosystem and does not allow 3rd party apps or web access.

Keep in mind, Square Terminal does not support Bluetooth accessories at this time.

Square Stand for Contactless and Chip

Square Stand

3rd Party Apps Square Stand for Contactless and Chip lets you use other apps on your POS, whereas Square Terminal is purpose-built for Square’s POS app and doesn’t run other apps.
Your own Device If you have an existing compatible iPad, you can purchase the Square Stand for $199.
Power Options: Plug Square Stand in to a three-prong grounded AC power outlet to accept payments while charging your iPad. You can also accept payments on Square Stand without a power outlet. When Square Stand is not plugged in to a power outlet, it utilizes the iPad’s battery to allow you to swipe magstripe cards and connect to the Square Reader for Contactless and Chip Cards via Bluetooth to accept tapped and dipped chip card payments. Note: USB accessories are not supported in this mode.
Available in Retail Stores If you need hardware right away, you can purchase a Square Stand from one of our retail partners.

Square Apps

Square Terminal Square Stand  
Square Point of Sale Yes Yes
Square Appointments No Yes
Square Online Store No Yes