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Process Card Payments with Offline Mode

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The Square app requires an internet connection at all times to function properly. This can be either a Wi-Fi connection or a data service on your mobile device (such as 4G or 5G).  If your internet connection becomes interrupted or temporarily unavailable, you can accept payments during an offline session and upload them once you have an internet connection again. Please refer to the Offline Payments section of the Payment Terms for terms and conditions that apply to this feature.

Offline payments are stored in your Square app and will process automatically when you reconnect your device to the Internet. You must reconnect to the internet within the time limit, depending on what Square hardware and connected hardware you are using. See the Time Limit section below for full details, terms, and conditions. Any offline payment that is not processed within the proper time limit will expire and the funds will not be received from your customer. Your current processing rate will be applied to offline transactions, so you’ll see no difference in fees.

When accepting offline payments, it is important to note that: 

  • There is additional risk with any offline payments you accept. Square is not responsible for any loss due to declined cards or expired payments taken while offline. In addition, Square can not contact any customers on your behalf should an offline payment be declined or expire.

  • You are responsible for any expired, declined, or disputed payments accepted while offline. Before taking an offline payment, we recommend you verify the name of the cardholder as well as the expiration date to ensure it’s a valid card.

  • When taking offline payments, you will not be able to accept physical contactless card payments, Square Gift Cards, and e-gift cards. You will not be able to manually enter a card number with offline payments.

If you have pending offline payments:

  • Do not delete the Square app.

  • Do not sign out of the Square app or your Square account.

  • Do not factory reset the device that has taken offline payments.

Pending offline payments will be permanently lost and the funds won’t be captured if you log out of your Square account, delete the Square app, or factory reset the device that has taken offline payments. Make sure you process these payments by reconnecting your device to the internet within the Time Limit specified below.

Compatible Square Apps

Offline payments are available on the following Point of Sale apps:

Devices and Payment Types

With offline payments enabled, you can accept payments from the following card brands:

  • Mastercard

  • Visa

  • American Express

  • JCB

  • Apple Pay

  • Google Pay

Chip and PIN, and mobile transactions acceptance functionality using offline payments varies by device. Physical contactless cards are not supported with offline payments.

Device Chip & PIN Contactless
Card
Apple Pay,
Google Pay
Square Terminal ✅ Yes ❌ No ✅ Yes
Square Register ✅ Yes ❌ No ✅ Yes
Square Stand (2nd generation)
✅ Yes ❌ No
✅ Yes
Square Reader (1st gen, v3)
✅ Yes ❌ No
✅ Yes
Square Reader (2nd gen)
✅ Yes ❌ No
✅ Yes

Enable Offline Payments

Offline payments must be enabled on your device prior to going offline. 

Enable offline payments by tapping ≡ More > Settings > Checkout > Offline payments > toggle on > Allow.

Offline payments will be enabled on all compatible devices signed into your account. 

In order for your team members to enable or disable offline payments, they will need to have the Configure Checkout Settings box checked in their permissions setting. Team members without this permission granted can still process offline payments, but will be unable to enable or disable offline payments.

In the event that your internet connection fails, for Square Reader and Square Stand, you will see a notification banner at the top of your device screen indicating that your device has automatically started an offline payments session accompanied by a countdown clock showing how much time you have left to accept offline payments on that device. You will receive an in-app notification when your offline session has expired or if it was interrupted. 
Note: Square Register and Square Terminal will not show an on-screen countdown clock.
After you have regained internet connectivity and uploaded your offline payments, another offline session will activate if you lose connectivity again.

Offline payments will appear as pending from your in-app payment history while your device is offline. When you reconnect your device to the internet, payments will show as completed and will be visible from your online Square Dashboard. Customers’ digital receipts and your payment notification emails will also be sent when the device is back online.

Time Limits

Payment card industry partners and regulators set specific requirements related to the duration of offline payment sessions. Due to those requirements, offline payments product features, including the duration and availability of offline payments may differ based on the payment type and hardware used.

When the offline payments feature has been enabled on Square Reader and Square Stand you will see a notification banner at the top of your device screen indicating that your device has automatically started an offline payments session accompanied by a countdown clock showing how much time you have left to accept offline payments. You will receive an in-app notification when your offline session has expired or if it was interrupted.

Note: Square Register and Square Terminal will not show an on-screen countdown clock.

There are duration limitations associated with how long you can accept offline payments once you go offline and how long you have to upload offline payments once you regain internet connectivity.

You’ll have up to one hour from when your device goes offline to accept offline payments and up to 24 hours from when your device goes offline to upload offline payments using:

  • Square Reader (1st generation - v3) for chip and PIN, and mobile transactions (Apple Pay and Google Pay only) payments.

  • Square Reader (2nd generation) for chip and PIN and mobile transactions (Apple Pay and Google Pay only) payments.

  • Square Stand (2nd generation) for chip and PIN, and mobile transactions (Apple Pay and Google Pay only) payments.

Note: For the products listed above, you must reconnect your device to the internet and upload your offline payments within 24 hours of the start of your offline payments session. Once you reconnect to the internet, your offline session will restart if you go offline again.

You’ll have up to 24 hours from when you process the first offline payment to accept and upload offline payments using:

  • Square Terminal for chip and PIN and mobile transactions (Apple Pay and Google Pay only) payments.

  • Square Register for chip and PIN and mobile transactions (Apple Pay and Google Pay only) payments.

Note: For the products listed above, you must reconnect your device to the internet and upload your offline payments within 24 hours of when you process your first offline payment. Once you reconnect to the internet, your offline session will restart if you go offline again.

Contactless card payments, Square Gift Cards, e-gift cards, and manually entered cards do not work with offline payments.

Terms & Conditions apply.

Accept Offline Payments Safely

There is additional risk when accepting payments offline. Square is not responsible for any loss due to declined cards or expired payments taken while offline. In addition, Square can not contact any customers on your behalf should a payment be declined or expire when taken as an offline payment. 

Remember, if a payment card is declined, Square is unable to provide customer contact information or contact the customer on your behalf.

Refund Offline Payments 

Offline payments can’t be canceled or refunded while they are still processing. You can issue a refund once your Internet connection has been restored.

To issue a refund:

  • Complete your pending payments by reconnecting to the internet within the designated Time Limit.

  • This will automatically upload your payments.

  • Once complete, you can issue a refund from the Transactions tab of your iOS or Android device, Square Terminal, Square Register, or online Square Dashboard.

FAQ

Learn more via our Offline Payments FAQ.

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