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Create and Manage Discounts

Create and edit discounts from your online Square Dashboard or from the Square app. After you’ve set up discounts, learn how to apply them at checkout.

Keep in mind, the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) prohibits misleading “former price comparisons.” If you advertise or promote item(s) at a discounted price, it’s your responsibility to ensure you’re meeting the FTC’s guidelines.

We recommend you reach out to a legal expert if you have questions about the FTC’s guidelines.

Create Manual Discounts

From your online Square Dashboard

  1. Visit Items > Discounts in your online Square Dashboard.
  2. Click Create New Discount.
  3. Enter the discount details – including the discount name, amount (either percentage or dollar amount) and applicable locations.
  4. When you’re all set, click Save.

From the Square App

  1. Tap the three horizontal lines > Items.
  2. Tap Discounts > Create Discount or select a discount to modify.
  3. Enter the discount details and tap Save.

Note: If you’d like to create a variable discount so you can enter the amount at checkout, leave the Amount field blank.

Although you can create manual discounts online or from the Square app, to create automatic discounts, head to the online Square Dashboard.

Create Automatic Discounts

Create automatic discounts for specific items, categories, quantities, daily specials like happy hours or limited time offers.

You can create four types of automatic discounts:

  • Item or Category:
  • Quantity
  • Recurring
  • Limited Time

Automatic discounts can be used in combination. For example: You can create a minimum quantity discount on a recurring basis or for a limited time by setting up the discount Schedule or Date Range.

Item and Category Discounts

Create a discount that will automatically apply when you add an item or category to a sale.

  1. Visit Items > Discounts in your online Square Dashboard.
  2. Click Create New Discount.
  3. Enter the discount details – including the discount name, amount (either percentage or dollar amount) and applicable locations.
  4. Toggle on Auto Apply to Items and Categories.
  5. Select Item and Category > Done.
  6. Next, search and select each item or category you’d like to automatically discount when added to a sale > Save.

Create Quantity Discounts

Create a discount that will automatically apply when you add items or categories and a specified quantity to a sale.

You can set up two types of quantity discounts:

  • Exact Quantity: When you add an exact item quantity to your basket, the discount will automatically trigger and apply to the item cost.
  • Minimum Purchase Quantity: When you add a minimum quantity of an item to your basket, a discount will apply to all of the specified items.

To get started:

  1. Visit Items > Discounts in your online Square Dashboard.
  2. Click Create New Discount and add a name and discount amount.
  3. Toggle on Auto Apply to Items and Categories.
  4. Click Quantity.
  5. Add the required quantity and select the items or categories you want to include.
  6. Next set your Discount Rule. You’ll have two options for setting up your quantity discount:
  • Exact Purchase Quantity
  • Minimum Purchase Quantity
  1. Select exact or minimum quantity and save the discount.
  2. Click Save.

You can update an existing discount at any time by clicking Edit Purchase Rule from the discount details page.

Quantity-based discounts also work with schedule or date range features. For example, you could create a Minimum Purchase Quantity every Saturday or for the month of December for holiday specials.

Create a Recurring Discount

  1. Visit Items > Discounts in your online Square Dashboard.
  2. Click Create Discount to add a new discount.
  3. Enter the discount details.
  4. Toggle on Auto Apply to Items and Categories.
  5. Click Select Items to apply discounts to certain items or categories automatically.
  6. Choose up to 1,000 individual items or categories and click Done. To select all items, select the checkbox next to the “Items” heading.
  7. Toggle on Set Schedule.
  8. Set the days of the week and times of day this discount is available.
  9. Click Save.

Create a Limited Time Discount

  1. Visit Items > Discounts in your online Square Dashboard.
  2. Click Create New Discount.
  3. Enter the discount details.
  4. Toggle on Auto Apply to Items and Categories.
  5. Click Select Items to apply discounts to certain items or categories automatically.
  6. Choose up to 1,000 individual items or categories and click Done. To select all items, select the checkbox next to the “Items” heading.
  7. Toggle on Set Date Range and select dates to create a limited time discount.
  8. Click Save.

Learn more about using discounts with Square.