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Get Started with Square Messages

Create a single channel for all your communications with customers through Square Messages. With Square Messages, you can send and reply to messages via text or email, such as feedback and replies to receipts. Square Messages is accessible from your online Square Dashboard and is available with the following Square apps on Android and iOS devices: Square Appointments, Square for Retail, Square Point of Sale, and Square Invoices. Square Messages is also available on Square hardware, including Square Stand, Square Terminal, and Square Register.

What are some of the benefits of Square Messages?

  • Never Miss A Sale: Send online payment links to your customers for quick and easy payments.

  • Save Time: Answer customers’ questions, while attending to any immediate needs of the business.

  • Customer Experience: Customers expect an efficient, personal customer experience. Customers want to feel heard and understood, even when expectations have not been met.

Set Up Your Account

Before you can send messages to your customers, you will need to complete the identity verification process required for your Square account. This process only needs to be completed once, and the steps are in your Setup Guide.
Once the identity verification process is complete, you will be able to access Messages a few different ways:

  • From the home page of your online Square Dashboard, find and click the Messages icon in the menu bar. 

  • In Square Point of Sale and Square for Retail

    • From the main menu, tap Customers

    • Tap more options (...) > View Messages.

  • In the Appointments app, tap the main menu > Messages.

Consent with Text Messages


When you start a conversation with your customer, you’ll be asked to confirm that you have consent from your customer to send a text message to their phone number. No action will be needed from your customer.

When you send a text message containing marketing content (such as a coupon), you will need to request consent from your customer to send marketing messages over text. This is to protect you and your customers from receiving unwanted marketing messages. Your customer will receive a text message asking them to confirm that they would like to receive messages from you. Once they confirm, they will receive a second text message to confirm that they would like to receive marketing content.

Send a Message

To create a new message:

  1. Select the Messages icon.
  2. Search for a customer from your directory or select Create Customer. Be sure to include your customer’s phone number when saving the new customer profile.
  3. Type your message into the box labelled Send via text or Send via email. If you have both email and phone number on file for your customer, switch the channel by tapping on the three dots in the upper right corner of your conversation.
  4. Tap the blue arrow to send your message.

To view your messages and respond to customers:

  1. Select a conversation.
  2. Enter your message into the box labelled Send via text or Send via email. This box will default to the most recent channel used by your customer. If you have both email and phone number on file for your customer, switch the channel by tapping on the three dots in the upper right corner of your conversation.
  3. Tap the blue arrow to send your message.

Send and Receive Photos

Square Messages supports photo sharing between you and your customer.  Exchanging images can help increase communication and drive a unique, personable experience.

To send and receive photos with Square Messages, please make sure your Point of Sale App is updated to the latest version. There are no additional setup steps needed.

To attach photos in your text conversation:

  1. Open the conversation with your customer.

  2. Tap the plus icon (+) for more options.

  3. Choose to attach a photo from your Photo Library or Camera.

  4. Attach up to four photos and Send

Note: Photo support is only available with iOS SMS text messaging at this time. Android compatibility is coming soon.

Online Checkout Links

Complete a sale quickly and easily through Square Messages with payment links. You can request payments directly from your customers via text message or email with just a few clicks.  Request a single payment, create new payment links or send existing payment links – all from Square Messages.

Send a payment request

Request a custom payment from your customer for a single amount. From the Square Messages conversation with your customer:

  1. Select $ to open the Request Payment screen.
  2. Choose Amount and use the keypad to enter the total sale price.
  3. Select Request Payment to send the payment link to your customer.

Create and send a new payment link

From the Square Messages conversation with your customer:

  1. Select $ to open the Request Payment screen.
  2. Choose Payment Links.
  3. Select Create New Link.
  4. Choose your Link purpose: Collect payments, Accept donations or Sell items.
  5. Enter your link details, such as the name of the link or the amount.
  6. Select Send.
    All new payment links you create automatically save to your payment link list for future use.

Send an existing payment link

From the Square Messages conversation with your customer:

  1. Select $ to open the Request Payment screen.
  2. Choose Payment Links to view your existing links.
  3. Select the payment link you want to use from the list to send the link to your customer automatically.
    Note: Businesses with multiple locations are not able to send existing payment links.
    Messages Checkout Link via POS App

Notifications

For your customer/client: Your customer will receive messages to the most recent channel used to receive a receipt or book an appointment. You can update the phone number or email on file for your customer if needed. Learn how to manage your Customer Directory online.

For your business: Square Messages has two notification options so you never miss a message. Email notifications will be sent only to the owner’s email when a new message is received. Push notifications are sent to every device you are logged in to, including Square hardware, iOS devices and Android devices. 

To adjust either of these settings, go to your Square Dashboard and select Messages > Settings.

You can also configure which employees can send and receive messages from your Team Management permissions sets in your Dashboard.

Do Not Disturb Mode

Limit your message notifications with Do Not Disturb mode. Once you turn on Do Not Disturb mode, you won’t receive notifications for any Square Messages – text or email – that customers send to you. Turn off Do Not Disturb when you’re ready to start receiving notifications again.

If customers send you a message while Do Not Disturb is on, they will receive an automated reply letting them know your direct messaging is not active and they should contact your business directly. You can still view customer replies when Do Not Disturb is turned on through the Square Assistant sections in Messages.

Note: Only the business owner or full access team member can turn on Do Not Disturb mode.

To turn on Do Not Disturb mode:

  1. Go to your Square Dashboard and click the Messages icon.

  2. Click the gear icon to open Settings.

  3. Toggle on Do Not Disturb.

  4. Click Confirm > Save.

Block a Customer

You can prevent your business from receiving unwanted contacts through Square Messages by using the Block Customer option. This feature will halt the conversation between you and a specific customer. Customers will not be notified of the block, and your business will not receive any future messages from them until you unblock them. Your customer will still receive system messages, such as receipts and appointment reminders. 

To block a customer:

  1. Select a conversation from the Messages section of your Dashboard or Point of Sale app.

  2. Select more options ( . . . ) to open the menu.

  3. Select Block and confirm.

Repeat the steps above to unblock a customer.

Troubleshooting

If using a mobile device or iPad:

If encountering trouble on your online Square Dashboard, check out our video on Square Dashboard troubleshooting steps. Our website sometimes encounters errors when trying to connect to your browser. 

You may see an error message giving a reason why you aren’t able to text a certain customer. For instance:

  • Your customer’s contact information is not on file with Square. Read more on how to get started with customer information collection tools.

  • Your customer has unsubscribed from Square Messages. In this case your customer will not receive a message.

Employee Permissions with Square Messages

Square Messages will only be accessible to your employees with the following permission enabled:

Grant access to view and send messages to customers. This includes access to items and customer data for sending messages. 

Note: This permission is turned ON by default for Owners and Full Access roles only (similarly to all employee/staff permissions). The Owner or Full Access roles can enable this permission for any other employee role from the Team Permissions settings.

Learn more about Team Management permissions sets.

FAQ

How do I sign up for Messages?

Square Messages is a completely free feature, but we require you to verify your identity in order to send messages to your customers through Square. This step is part of our ongoing effort to keep your account and communications secure. You can find this simple identity check in your Setup Guide on your Square Dashboard.
Learn more about the required documentation for signup.

Can I send my customers coupons with Messages?

You can send a dollar amount coupon via Messages on your online Square Dashboard.

To do so:

  1. Navigate to the ‘+’ button next to your conversation.

  1. Tap Send coupon.

How does a customer use Square Messages to contact my business?

A customer can contact you via text or email by replying to a digital receipt or an appointment reminder.

Can I use Messages to send my customers invoices or estimates?

Yes! You can send an invoice within Messages or access Messages when creating an invoice. With Invoices and Square Messages , you can send invoices and estimates to your customers via text or email.

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