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Create and Manage Items from the Square App

Learn how to create unit types and items from the Square app.

Set Up Your Item Unit Type

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Each business is different — some Square Sellers sell whole item quantities (like articles of clothing), while others sell items by weight or length. Some businesses sell both.
By default, each new item you create will have the unit type per item. When you set your unit type, you can choose from a list of preset units, such as pounds, ounces, and feet. You can also choose to add your own custom unit — in whole number or decimal quantities.

Keep in mind, time-based units, such as hours and minutes, are not yet supported with Square. However, you can always use custom units to track these items.

To set your unit type:

  1. Tap the following icon in the navigation bar: Three Horizontal Lines or the down arrow at the top of the Square Register: Register Switcher
  2. Next, tap Items > Unit > Create Unit. Search for an existing unit, or scroll to the bottom of the list and select Create Custom Unit.
  3. Next, set the unit precision. Note: The precision helps you keep track of your inventory and item sales price by allowing you to set the item count up to the ten-thousandths place (.00000).

Keep in mind, each custom unit type must have a unique name. Names are not case-sensitive.

Edit or Delete a Unit Type

To edit or delete a unit type online:

    1. Tap the following icon in the navigation bar: Three Horizontal Lines or the down arrow at the top of the Square Register: Register Switcher
  1. Next, tap Items > Unit and then click an existing unit. If you’re updating a custom unit, you’ll see the option to change the name and abbreviation. You’ll also see the option to change the precision.
  2. Choose to Save your changes, or click Delete to remove the unit type altogether.

Note: By default, if an item is assigned to a unit type you delete, the new unit type will convert to a per item quantity. Additionally, Updating a unit type will not adjust your stock counts.

Create and Manage Items

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Once you set up your unit type, you’re ready to start creating your items.

To get started:

  1. Tap the following icon in the navigation bar: Three Horizontal Lines or the down arrow at the top of the Square Register: Register Switcher
  2. Tap Items > All Items > Create Item.
  3. Enter the item name, unit type, price, SKU, and stock amount. If the item has multiple price points, tap Add Variation.
  4. Add any applicable modifiers, and enable or disable sales tax.
  5. Once you’re all set, tap Save.

Edit or Delete an Item

You can update an item from the Item Details page:

  1. Tap Items. Search or scroll through your item list and click an existing item.
  2. You can update the item name, category, description, unit type, stock amount, or variations.
  3. Choose to Save your changes, or click Delete Item From This Location.

Create and Manage Categories

Item categories help you group items together to help you organize your item library and fine tune your in-app reports.

Create an Item Category

  1. Tap the following icon in the navigation bar: Three Horizontal Lines or the down arrow at the top of the Square Register: Register Switcher
  2. Tap Items > Categories > Create Category.
  3. Name your category, then Tap To Edit to customize your category tile’s label and color.
  4. Select which items will be included in this category.
  5. Tap Save.

Edit an Item Category

  1. Tap the following icon in the navigation bar: Three Horizontal Lines or the down arrow at the top of the Square Register: Register Switcher
  2. Tap Items > Categories > select the category you’d like to edit.
  3. Tap Edit Category.
  4. Edit items included or tap Tap To Edit to customize the tile’s label and color.
  5. Tap Save.

Set Up Your Item Grid on a Tablet

Your Items Grid transforms your POS into a lightning-fast, user-friendly tool for your employees. It syncs to all devices assigned to a location. Employees cannot set up an individual Item Grid.

Build your Item Grid to quickly access frequently used items, discounts, or categories. To do so:

  1. Select a numbered item page from your navigation bar.
  2. Tap and hold any empty square.

Item Grid for the Square Point of Sale App

  1. Tap any + icon on the grid.
  2. Add an item, category, or discount to the page. 
  3. Tap Done Editing to save.

If you’re using an Android tablet you can customize the appearance of your Items Grid:

  1. Tap the three horizontal lines in the navigation bar. 
  2. Tap Settings > Item Appearance
  3. Select your display preference. Choose between image or text tiles.
  4. Tap Save.

Note: An items grid isn’t available from the Square app on smartphones.
Learn more about setting up your item library with Square.

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