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Square for Restaurants Mobile POS: Get Started Guide

Focus on a better experience for your staff and guests when you take your POS on the go. Square for Restaurants mobile POS helps your servers take orders and payments tableside, at the bar or in-line.

Benefits of Restaurants mobile POS

  • Turn tables faster and increase server efficiency with intuitive tableside ordering and payments.

  • Reduce the time it takes to turn a table by speeding up order entry and guest checkout.

  • Give your servers more time to interact with their diners and provide best-in-class service.

  • Keep tabs on your VIPs with up-to-the-minute diner preferences, order history and server notes.

  • Keep service running smoothly with your staff always in the know of what’s selling and what’s about to sell out.

  • Keep diners safe with the flexibility to order and pay how they want,.

  • Get orders out quickly and accurately with tableside, curbside, online and delivery orders streamlined on one powerful handheld device.

  • Keep your kitchen efficient and your line cooks and expeditors in sync with the ability to course, fire, sequence and throttle orders accurately based on prep time and order source.

  • Keep lines moving and empower your servers to take orders on the go. Completely eliminate the back and forth from the table to the countertop POS.

Compatible Hardware 

Our powerful Restaurants mobile POS comes with a handheld option to match your workflows:

Visit the Square Shop to find additional countertop and mountable hardware options for your restaurant.


You will need either the free 30-day trial or the paid subscription of Square for Restaurants Plus to use Restaurants mobile POS. The Square for Restaurants Free plan does not allow you to use the mobile POS.

You can use Square for Restaurants mobile POS on unlimited handheld devices for $60 per month per location with your Square for Restaurants Plus subscription, excluding payment processing fees.

If you need additional handheld devices for your team, visit the Square Shop to order more Square Terminals or the Mobile POS kit.

Sign Up 

If you’re ready to get started, the first step is to sign up for your free 30-day trial of Square for Restaurants Plus. 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. Visit the Square for Restaurants page click on Get started to upgrade to Square for Restaurants Plus. When you upgrade to Square for Restaurants Plus, all of your existing account information will be available with Square for Restaurants – including your items, customers, team members and bank account information.

Create Menus

Create menus for each location and service – add drinks, appetizers, entrees, item categories and inventory counts. Start setting up your menus from your Square Dashboard

Set Up Hardware

Visit our Square for Restaurants mobile POS Setup Instructions to begin. Select your device and walk through the setup instructions. 

Device Code Creation

Create a device code from your Square Dashboard. You’ll use this to configure payment and device settings and sign in to your mobile POS. 

Table and Floor Management

After you’ve set up your Square for Restaurants account, you’re ready to start seating tables and accepting payments.

  • Build your floor plan: Map out your restaurant and customize the Restaurants app by creating a floor plan from your online Square Square Dashboard.

  • Accept payments with Square for Restaurants: Process payments, split bills, accept tips and finalize bills.

  • Bill Management: View ticket actions – including how to move, assign or void tickets from the Restaurants app.

  • Coursing with Square for Restaurants: Set up multiple courses and choose to hold, fire or create straight fire item categories.

Tableside and In-Queue Orders and Payments

Once you subscribe to Square for Restaurants Plus, you can use Square Terminal and our Mobile POS kit for Android to take orders and payments tableside or in-queue. 

Supported features include: 

  • Conversational modifiers: All modifiers and conversational modifiers, like Add, Extra and Side, are supported. 

  • Coursing: Items added to a ticket from mobile POS will support the same custom-named courses created in Dashboard and shared across any countertop devices using Square for Restaurants.

  • Seat Tracking: Set and edit cover counts from mobile POS 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 ticket.

  • Floor Plans: Effortlessly manage sections across your restaurant between the checklist and floor plans. Check table status at a glance with colour timing indicators created in Device Settings.

  • Bill Management: Process payments, split bills, accept tips and finalize bills.

Mobile POS FAQ

What is the processing rate with Square for Restaurants?

Swipe, insert or tap transactions on Square Terminal with Square for Restaurants cost 2.6% + $0.10.

Can I apply Automatic Gratuity

Yes, Automatic Gratuity will be applied according to the Service Settings configured in Dashboard.

How do I manage my orders?

Through your Square Terminal you can view and filter your orders by status or type, update order progress and have your orders printed from the Square Terminal’s built-in printer. Learn how to get started with Managing orders on Square Terminal.

Are there any features with Square for Restaurants not supported on Mobile POS?

The following features are unavailable on Square Terminal but are coming soon. Keep an eye on the Seller Community for updates:

Reopening bills and splitting by item – this is currently only available on iPads.

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