If your customer or a payment card isn't present, you can manually enter your customers' card information, accept a payment online, or send an invoice from your online Square Dashboard or mobile device. Square allows you to manually enter credit card payments on your supported device without using the Square Reader.

Note: You are unable to manually enter payments while in Offline Mode.

How Much Does Square Charge for Manual Entry?

For manually entered transactions, Square’s fee is 3.5% + 15¢ per transaction. Learn more about Square’s fees.

Steps to Manually Enter Payments

To accept payments with the Square app without a reader:

  1. Ring up a transaction by adding items or entering custom amounts using the keypad. 

    Custom sale screen: Cart, charge, add note, keypad

  2. Tap Charge to process the payment.
  3. Tap Credit Card or Card to enter the card number, expiration date, security code, and the customer’s billing ZIP code.

    Choose the method of payment you will accept: Credit Card, Cash, Other
  4. Tap Charge.
  5. If you have signatures enabled, have your customer sign with their finger. Your customer can also leave a tip if this feature is enabled.You can write Phone or Internet Order in place of a signature when your customer is unavailable to sign. If you want to cancel the payment, tap the X in the upper-left corner to cancel the payment and return to the previous screen.
  6. After the customer taps Done Signing, they can enter their preferred receipt delivery method.
  7. You'll see a final screen that reads "You're All Done" after the payment completes.

Tap New Sale to take another payment.

Note: Change the quantity, apply tax, add a description, or remove an item by tapping it in your current sale.

Required Information for Manual Entry

We require all of the following information for transactions entered manually:

  • Complete card number
  • Expiration date
  • Security code/CVV
  • Billing ZIP code

If any piece of information is entered incorrectly, the card will be declined. If the card numbers entered turn red, review Square's payment troubleshooting.

Learn how merchants protect themselves from fraud and chargebacks with safety tips for manually entered transactions.

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