Use Card on File with Square Invoices
Securely add and store payment credit or debit cards in your Customer Directory.
Seamlessly charge your customers’ stored payment cards or Square Gift Cards.
Safely carry out your business with Square handling PCI compliance and authorisation on your behalf.
Note: You must have written authorisation from your customer to save their payment card. Make sure to keep authorisation forms on file and store them securely to help prevent payment disputes.
Add Card on File via the Square Invoices App
To add Card on File:
Open the Square Invoices app.
Tap the Customers tab and create a new profile or select an existing customer.
Under Card on File, click Add Card.
Enter the card details, including the expiry date and security code. Tap Next.
Confirm the customer’s email address so you can send digital receipts for purchases. Tap Next.
Enter the Billing Code to authorise the card for future purchases. Tap Agree and Save Card.
A Card and Customer Profile Saved confirmation message will appear. Click Done to return to the customer profile.
Save a Payment Card for Square Invoice Payments
Allow customers to save their payment card for future payments:
Navigate to Payments > Invoices in your online Square Dashboard > click Create Invoice.
Select a customer from your Customer Directory or enter a new name and email address.
Within the Payment section, select Allow Customer to Save Their Card.
Fill out your invoice.
When your customer pays their invoice, they’ll see the option to save their payment card with your business. If they opt to save their payment, their profile in your Customer Directory will update automatically.
Manually Save a Payment Card to your Customer Directory
You can also manually link one or more payment cards to customers saved to your Customer Directory. To do so:
Visit Directory under Customers in your online Square Dashboard.
Select an existing customer.
Select Actions > Add Card.
Use the template form to confirm you have your customer’s permission to store their payment card information. To do so, select Download Form > send the template to your customer. Note: You must have written authorisation from your customer to save their payment card. Make sure to keep authorisation forms on file and store them securely.
Enter the card details > click Save.
Charge a Card on File with Square Invoices app
With a payment card on file, you can create a new Square Invoice and charge your customer’s saved payment information.
Both you and your customer will receive an email notification confirming the invoice payment amount charged to the card on file. The invoice will also display as Paid in your online Square Dashboard.
Note: A processing fee of 2.5% per transaction is applied at the time an invoice is paid with a credit or debit card.
Schedule a Charge to Card on File
Visit Payments > Invoices in your online Square Dashboard.
Select Create Invoice.
In the Customer dropdown, select an existing customer or create a new customer.
In the Payment dropdown, select a card on file (e.g., Visa 1111) and a date to charge the card.
Finish filling in the invoice and select either Schedule or Save as Draft.
Note: If you select Save as Draft, your scheduled invoice will not be automatically sent, and you’ll need to select Schedule to determine when it will be delivered.
Your customer’s card will be charged on the selected date, and they’ll receive an emailed copy of the paid invoice to notify them their card was charged. Funds will be deposited to your linked bank account following your deposit schedule.
Tips for Using Scheduled Invoices
You can edit scheduled Invoices at any time between the point they are created and the date they are scheduled to be sent.
You can view Scheduled Invoices from your Invoices list. They’ll have a status of Scheduled and will be listed in order of the date they’re scheduled to be sent.
If you don’t see your scheduled invoices in your Invoices list, make sure the date range you are viewing includes the date the scheduled invoice will be sent and not the date you created the invoice.
Use Recurring Invoices
Use Recurring Invoices with Square Invoices to create and send invoices to your customers on a regular schedule. There is no fee to send a recurring invoice. A processing fee of 2.5% is only applied at the time an invoice is paid with a credit or debit card.
Note: If the Card on File is changed and the customer has a recurring invoice, you will need to edit that invoice series to ensure the right card is being charged.
Create a Recurring Invoice Series
If you’d like to create a series of invoices that are automatically sent to your customers on a regular schedule, click on the Recurring tab in the top-right section of the Invoices page.
Then click the Create Recurring Series button. Enter the basic information for the customer and the invoice items, as you would with any new invoice. With recurring invoices, there is a new section where you can select the start date, frequency and end date (or number of occurrences).
Note: if you or your customer want to save credit cards on file for easier automated billing as soon as an invoice is due, use the Card on File option within the Payment drop-down.
Click Send to schedule this recurring series and send your customer an email with the series details. If you select Save as Draft, your recurring series will not be set nor will any emails be sent to your customers.
Invoices within a recurring series will be automatically sent to your customer at 10 a.m. (in your time zone) on the date(s) you have configured. You’ll receive a notification email once the invoice is paid, and funds will be deposited to your linked bank account following your deposit schedule.
Keep in mind, if the Card on File is changed and the customer has a recurring invoice, you will need to edit that invoice series to ensure the right card is being charged. The card on file will be charged on the due date for each recurring invoice. If the Card on File is past its expiry or fails for another reason, a new invoice will be sent allowing the customer to enter new card information, as well as save the new card information for future invoices.