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Square for Restaurants on Square Register

You are able to use Square for Restaurants Free directly from your Square Register and take advantage of Restaurant features.

Sign in to Square for Restaurants on Square Register

To get started for the first time with Square for Restaurants on Square Register:

  1. Sign in using your email and password or create a Restaurant device code from your online Square Dashboard.

  2. Once you have created a Restaurants device code , sign in by tapping Device Code in the top corner of the Register screen.

  3. After you've logged in to Square Register, you can start taking payments.

If this is your first time using the Square Register and you’ve already set it up, make sure to check for an update by tapping Utilities > Settings > Hardware > General > About Register > Software Update.

If you have already been accepting payments on Square Register using Square Point of Sale, simply sign out of each device and sign in with a Restaurants device code.



The keypad widget is a quick tool to add custom amounts to an order, adjust the quantities of items, or to use as a calculator.

Order Manager

Order Manager helps you keep an eye on your orders with three live statuses: New orders, In progress, and Ready. Incoming orders that need action will show up in green along with the number of new orders. New orders will stay green until the order status is updated. You can tap any of the three status options to launch the Orders page with the selected status in focus. 

Note: You must enable orders on your device settings on your Square Dashboard to see the Order Manager widget. 

Item Availability

Stay on top of your current stock with the item availability widget. This read-only list shows you unavailable items and items with a low count. . To get a closer look, select the View All button or one of the items listed.

Restaurants Feature Availability on Register

Keep in mind that only Square for Restaurants Free features are available on your Register. When upgrading from Restaurants Free to Restaurants Plus or Premium plans, the paid features are currently not available on Register. But if you do upgrade, you will have access to Plus Dashboard features like Category Rollup Reports and Menu Reports.

Feature Square for Restaurants Free Plan (Register Compatible) Square for Restaurants Plus Plan
Remote Menu and Grid Management ✔️
Remote Device Management ✔️ ✔️
Shared Device Settings ✖️
Service Charge Reporting
Menu Reports ✖️
Section Sale and Cover Reports ✖️
Category Rollup Reports ✖️
Open Checks (& Predefined Checks)
Decimal Quantities ✖️ ✖️
Item Creation on the POS ✖️ ✖️
Device Settings on the POS ✔️ ✔️
Image Tiles ✖️ ✖️
Dark Mode ✖️
Auto-Gratuity (manual or always apply)
Auto-Gratuity (based on seating) ✖️
Order Manager
Advanced (Conversational) Modifiers
Table Maps
Table Colors Based on Time ✖️
Coursing ✖️
Seating & Cover Counts ✖️
Item availability & Item Counts
Reopen Closed Checks ✖️
Shift Reports ✖️
Close of Day ✖️
Live Sales Report in App
6am-6pm, M-F Support
24/7 Support (not included)
Free Team Management
Paid Team Management Available as add-on Included
Coursing ✖️

You can compare the features between Square Point of Sale, the Square for Restaurants Free Plan and Plus Plan on the available chart for Square for Restaurants Free.

Restaurants on Register FAQ

How do I accept payments with Square for Restaurants on my Square Register?

If you’d like to log in using a device code, be sure you select Restaurants when creating your device. Settings are adjusted via your Square Dashboard device code and are not adjusted in the point of sale.

What does the keypad do?

With Square for Restaurants on Register, we’ve added a left hand keypad. You can easily add custom amounts, item quantities, or use it as a calculator. This keypad cannot be disabled.

Where do I set up hardware?

On Square Register, select Utilities > Settings > Hardware to adjust settings like network, Bluetooth, general, customer display, main display, sounds, and accessibility. You can also manage settings for third-party hardware, like bar code scanners, cash drawers, and printers

Where do I find reports?

Sales Reports can be found by tapping Utilities along the bottom bar in Square Register.

Can I apply Automatic Gratuity with Square Register?

Yes! You are able to apply Automatic Gratuity manually (per check) or automatically (to all checks) from your Square Register. To enable Automatic Gratuity, navigate to your Square Dashboard, Points of Sale, and Service Settings.

Does using Register add to my Square for Restaurants monthly subscription fees?

Yes, as your Square Register does count as one device. Keep in mind that Register only supports Free POS features at this time. If you are subscribed to Square for Restaurants Plus and using Square Register, you will be charged per device. Check out Square for Restaurants Pricing to learn more.

What is the processing rate for Register with Square for Restaurants?

Swiped, dipped, or tapped transactions on Square Register and Square for Restaurants cost 2.6% + 10¢.

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