Troubleshoot Your Bar Code Scanner

Review these tips to troubleshoot your Bluetooth or USB bar code scanner.

Troubleshoot Bluetooth Bar Code Scanners

  • Confirm you’re using an iPad with a Bluetooth scanner. Android devices aren’t supported at this time.
  • Check that your scanner is fully charged.
  • Make sure the scanner is paired to your iPad and not to another device.
  • Check that Bluetooth is turned on within your iPad settings. If enabled, turn it off and back on.

What do the lights mean?

Socket Mobile Bluetoother Scanners comes with two indicator lights, a green light for battery and a blue light for bluetooth.

Green Battery Indicator Light

Solid Green Battery is charging or is at least 25% charged
Solid Orange Battery is 25%-10% charged
Solid Red Battery is less that 10% charged
Blinking Red Battery is low and charge immediately

Blue Bluetooth Indicator Light

Blinking twice per second Scanner is looking for pairing connection
Blinking once per second Scanner is trying to pair with a previously connected device
Solid light Scanner paired
No light Scanner failed to pair

Reset your Bluetooth Bar Code Scanner

You can also factory reset your Bluetooth bar code scanner. To do so:

  1. Turn on the bar code scanner.
  2. Press and hold the trigger button while pressing the power button. After 15 seconds, the scanner will beep.
  3. Release the trigger button. The scanner will beep 5 times and power off.
  4. Turn the scanner back on and scan the bar code below:

Hard reset barcode for Socket Mobile 7ci scanner

Troubleshoot USB Bar Code Scanners

  • Check the USB connections of your bar code scanner by unplugging it from your Android or iOS device and plugging it back in.
  • Make sure Square Register or Square Stand is plugged into the USB accessories hub, and the hub is plugged into a power adaptor. Ensure the power adaptor is plugged into an outlet.
  • Clear the USB accessory port of debris and dust.
  • Plug the bar code scanner into a different port on the USB accessories hub.

If you’re using a bar code scanner with your iPad and Square Stand, find additional troubleshooting tips for USB hardware.

Note: If you are having trouble pulling up your onscreen keyboard, double click the power button on the scanner.

Reset your USB Bar Code Scanner

To reset your bar code scanner:

  1. Print the Quick Start Guide.
  2. Under SET DEFAULTS, scan the bar code labeled RETURN TO FACTORY DEFAULTS while your barcode scanner is connected to your device.
  3. Unplug the bar code scanner and then plug it back into your device.

It’s important to note that you’ll need to print the document, as you can’t scan it from your monitor or screen. Additionally, a copy of this document should’ve been included in the original scanner package.

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