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Set up your Square for Retail POS device

Who is this article for?
This article is for business owners and team members with device permissions who are setting up devices to use with the Square Retail POS app. Learn more about custom permissions.

About Square Retail POS devices

With Square for Retail (Free or Plus), you can sign in to the Square Retail POS app with your email address and password or use a device code. A device code allows you and your employees the ability to log in to any supported device and assign it to a specific location.

Before you begin

To set up a Square Retail POS device, you will need to have a Square for Retail Free or Square for Retail Plus subscription and access to your Square Dashboard. Learn more about subscription features and how to sign up for Square for Retail. You will also need to have a device or Square hardware compatible with Square for Retail. View compatible devices and hardware.

Create a device code

  1. Sign in to your Square Dashboard and click Settings > Device Management > Device codes.

  2. Click Create and specify the kind of device you’re adding.

  3. Select which application this device will use.

  4. Select the location where this device is used and click Next, if applicable.

  5. Enter the device code name and click Create. If applicable, set an owner passcode and click Next.

  6. Follow the steps to sign in on your device using the device code listed.

  7. Click Copy to copy your device code. Click Send to share your device code via email or phone number.

  8. Click Done.

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