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Get Started with Square for Retail on Square Register

Before You Begin

To access Square for Retail features on Square Register, you’ll need to sign up for a Square for Retail Free or Square for Retail Plus plan. A free 30-day trial is available when you sign up for Square for Retail Plus, which includes advanced inventory management features to easily track, order and manage inventory.

Sign In to Square Retail POS

Follow the instructions below to sign in and set up the Square Retail POS app on Square Register as a first-time or existing user.

I’m setting up Square Register for the first time

Before signing in to Square Retail POS, complete the initial Square Register setup.

  1. Check for a software update on your Square Register by tapping Change Settings > General > About Register > Software Update.
  2. Once you confirm your Square Register is up to date, sign in to Square for Retail using your email address and password or by using a device code. Learn how to create a device code.
  3. On the ‘Choose your Point of Sale’ screen, tap Square for Retail > Continue.
  4. Choose an existing device to pair, then tap Continue. If you don’t have a device, tap Create New Device.
  5. Once you log in, you can start accepting payments.

I currently use Square Register

If you’re logged in to the Square Point of Sale app on Square Register, you’ll need to sign out of the device before using Square Retail POS. To sign out:

  1. Open your Square Point of Sale app. Tap ≡ More, scroll down and tap Sign out.
  2. Tap Sign out again to confirm.
  3. Check for a software update on your Square Register by tapping Change Settings > General > About Register > Software Update to access the latest features.
  4. Once you confirm your Square Register is up to date, sign in to Square for Retail using your email address and password or by using a device code. Learn how to create a device code.
  5. On the ‘Choose your Point of Sale’ screen, tap Square for Retail > Continue.
  6. Choose an existing device to pair, then tap Continue. If you don’t have a device, tap Create New Device.
  7. Once you log in, you can start accepting payments.

Note: If you’re logged in to Square Retail POS and want to revert to Square Point of Sale, tap ≡ More > Account > Sign out > Sign out to sign out of Square Retail POS. 

All transaction, customer and catalogue data will sync between the Square for Retail and Square Point of Sale apps.

Frequently Asked Questions

How much does this cost?

Square for Retail Plus includes a 30-day free trial and then £49/location per month. The rate for Square for Retail Plus is 1.6% per card present transaction. Square for Retail Free is no cost and the rate is 1.75% per card present transaction. Compare the Square Point of Sale app to Square Retail Free and Plus features.

Can I use the regular Square Point of Sale and Square for Retail Free or Plus on my device at the same time?

You are able to use both Square Point of Sale and Square for Retail Free/Plus on your device, but you can’t use them at the same time. To switch between the two, you’ll need to log out of Square Point of Sale and sign in to Square for Retail Free/Plus, and vice versa.

Can I have inventory tracking on by default?

Yes. Track inventory for any item variations created on your Square Dashboard or in the app for Square for Retail Free and Square for Retail Plus.

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