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Set Up Touch Free Checkout Using QR Codes and Payment Links

Offer more touch-free checkout options through your Square Point of Sale with QR codes and payment links.

When using Pay with QR Code, a QR code displays on your POS screen. Customers use their phone to scan the code — touch free — to launch the payment screen on their phone where they can checkout. They can also tip on their own phone so they don't have to touch your point of sale.

When you select Send Payment Link, your customer will get a simple link on their own phone they can use to pay — whether they're in your store or on the go. Just text or email your customer to get started.

There is no monthly fee for using payment links with QR codes. You’ll only pay Square’s standard eCommerce processing fee of 2.9% + 30¢ per transaction.

Some immediate benefits to using these payment methods:

  • Less Contact: Increase safety and peace of mind for your customers and staff by offering a touch-free payment experience.

  • Flexible options: Whether you’re selling multiple items, requesting a custom amount, or have tipping enabled, these payment options flex to fit what you’re selling.

  • No obstacles: Customers don’t need to enter pin numbers or install special apps to pay.

  • Provide convenient payment options: Accept credit and debit cards, Apple Pay, Google Pay, and Square Pay.

Use QR Codes and Payment links as a Touch Free Payment

In your Square Point of Sale, ring up items like you regularly would or key in prices. You can also enable tipping in your settings. When the customer is ready to pay, you’ll see Pay with QR Code and Send Payment Link appear as payment options on the checkout screen.

QR codes

When you select Pay with QR Code:

  1. A unique QR code displays on your POS screen.

  2. Your customer scans the code with their phone to launch a simple payment screen.

  3. Your customer can pay and tip on their phone using their credit card, Google Pay, Apple Pay, or Square Pay.

    Checkout Link QR code in app - seller screen vs. customer screen

Note: QR codes in checkout are not supported on Square Terminal at this time.

Payment links

When you select Send Payment Link:

  1. We’ll create a unique link your customer can use to pay.

  2. You can share this link via email or text to your customer’s phone.

  3. Your customer clicks the link to open a simple payment screen.

  4. Your customer can pay and tip on their phone using their credit card, Google Pay, Apple Pay, or Square Pay.

    Payment Link Created

Note: Payment links are not supported on Square Register or Square Terminal at this time.

Enable Tipping on Payment Links

When you’re using payment links, you can easily allow for tips from your customers. To turn on tipping for your payment links:

  1. From the POS menu, go to Settings > Tipping.

  2. Toggle on Collect Tips.

Your customers will now automatically see tipping settings of 5%, 10%, and 15% on their payment link. Learn more about tipping within Square Point of Sale.

Check out additional articles on alternative ways to use payment links in Point of Sale and Square Online Checkout links. You can also review frequently asked questions.

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