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Reintroducing Square Point of Sale

Square Point of Sale is now better than ever. The user interface that you’ve come to know over the years has gone through a few key changes to make your day-to-day business easier to manage. With added features throughout the redesigned checkout and navigation flows, you’ll be able to accomplish more each day and watch your business grow.

What’s New?

Along with the addition of the new Settings redesign, the Square app has transformed to simplify the way you interact with your point of sale.

  • The Keypad, Library, and Favorites sections have moved from the bottom of the screen to the top of the screen for iOS devices, Android devices, and Square Terminal. The same tools will be available on the left side of the screen for Square Register.

  • The option to add a customer to your sale is now seamlessly integrated into your checkout.

  • Easily manage your balances, reports, invoices, items, customers, orders, and settings through the ≡ More menu to ensure your business runs just the way you like it to — smoothly and efficiently.

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Get Started

Before you get started:

Note: If you’re using Square Register or Square Terminal, you’ll need to make sure the software is up-to-date prior to utilizing the new features. Learn more about updating your Square Register and/or Square Terminal.

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Opt-In

To upgrade to the newly redesigned Square Point of Sale:

  1. Tap ≡ More > Settings > Checkout.

  2. Under "Appearance," tap Upgrade to the new Square Point of Sale to implement the changes to your point of sale.

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Customize Item Grid

Sellers using the Square POS app on a mobile device or Square Terminal will have the ability to create an item grid through the Favorites section of the Checkout screen. The feature allows sellers to add frequently used items and categories (as well as gift cards and discounts) to their main Checkout screen for ease of use.

Customize the Main Menu

You can customize the main menu to fit your needs by picking which tools appear on the main screen for instant access, and which are housed under ≡ More. You may add or remove up to two tools.

Note: Checkout and Notifications will always remain in the main menu for quick access. To customize your menu bar:

  1. From the Square app, tap ≡ More.

  2. Tap Customize

  3. Add frequently used tools to the tab bar so they’re always next to Checkout and Notifications

  4. Tap Save

Accept Payments

While there are some slight changes to the checkout experience, all of the same features you’ve come to expect from Square are still in place. Whether you’re using the Keypad to enter a dollar amount, or choosing items from your Item Library or Favorites pages, you’ll still have the ability to quickly and easily accept payments at any time. With the ability to add customers directly from the checkout flow, you can also start to build your customer base with each sale and keep them coming back with products like Square Loyalty and Square Marketing.

Note: If you’d prefer to remove the option to add a customer directly from the checkout flow, visit ≡ More > Settings > Checkout > Customer management. Under "Collect Customer Information," toggle off Before checkout.

After logging in to the Square POS app, you’ll see the Keypad you’re familiar with for entering dollar amounts, as well as your Item Library and any other Favorites pages you’ve created in the past. You can set up your item grid on a tablet to add a new Favorites page, items, categories, discounts, and more. To rename your Favorites page(s) to something else (e.g. Drinks, Food, Merchandise, etc), tap the pencil icon next to the name of the Favorites page during creation. Once you’re familiar with the updated layout, you can start the checkout process.

Taking Payments on a Tablet

  1. From the Checkout screen, enter an amount via the Keypad, or select an item from your Library or Favorites page(s).
  2. Confirm your transaction details under Current sale when using the app in Landscape mode (horizontally), or tap Review sale when using the app in Portrait mode (vertically).
  3. From the Current sale screen, add a customer or discount if applicable, and either tap the Charge button to move forward or the Save Ticket button to save the sale for a later time.
  4. Once you’ve tapped the Charge button, process the card or digital wallet payment or manually enter their card information if they’re not with you in person.
  5. Once your customer has been charged, they’ll have the option to receive a receipt by email or text message, or no receipt at all. Note: If you’re using Square Loyalty and have the appropriate settings enabled, your customer will see the option to enroll in your Loyalty Rewards program.

Taking Payments on a Mobile Device, Square Terminal, or Square Register

  1. From the Checkout screen, enter an amount via the Keypad, or select an item from your Library or Favorites page.
  2. Tap Review sale on the Checkout screen to view the Current sale.
  3. From the Current sale screen, add a customer or discount if applicable, and either tap the Charge button to move forward or the Save Ticket button to save the sale for a later time.
  4. Once you’ve tapped the Charge button, process the card or digital wallet payment or manually enter their card information if they’re not with you in person.
  5. Once your customer has been charged, they’ll have the option to receive a receipt by email or text message, or no receipt at all. Note: If you’re using Square Loyalty and have the appropriate settings enabled, your customer will see the option to enroll in your Loyalty Rewards program.

Open Tickets

Depending on your business type, you may have the need to save your customers’ orders for a later time. Whether they’re shopping around or dining in, it’s important to meet your customers where they are during their time with you. You can do exactly this by using Open tickets — where you can create, edit, and save an order before completing the sale, on any compatible device.

To enable Open Tickets from the Square POS app:

  1. Tap More > Settings > Open Tickets.

  2. Toggle on Open Tickets.

By enabling Open Tickets, you’ll be able to view, manage, and complete them directly from the Tickets button on your main Checkout screen, across all devices.

If you’re using an iOS or Android Tablet, Square Terminal, or Square Register, you’ll see two additional options — Use Open Tickets Menu as Home Screen and Use Predefined Tickets — that can be used to customize the way you and your team interact with Open Tickets. By toggling on Use Open Tickets Menu as Home Screen, you’ll return to the tickets menu after each completed transaction. Toggling on Use Predefined Tickets will give you the option to create ticket groups, reuse ticket names, specify the number of open tickets per group, and access ticket group reporting from your online Square Dashboard.

Learn more about how to use Open Tickets with your business.

Refund Payments

We understand that not every sale may work out in the long run. With a few simple taps, you can easily refund your customers directly from Square Point of Sale. Choose the item(s) in question or provide a specific amount to send back to your customer and they’ll receive their funds to their original form of payment. You’ll also have the option to refund to a Gift Card to use the next time they visit your business.

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Refunding Payments on a Tablet

  1. From the Transactions screen, select the transaction that needs to be refunded, swipe to search by payment card, or search by full card number, phone number, customer name, receipt number, notes, or item in the search bar.
  2. From the transaction details screen, tap Issue refund.
  3. Select the item(s) that needs to be refunded or tap Amount to refund a specified amount > tap Next.
  4. Select a reason for refund and confirm the original payment method with your customer or tap Add Gift Card or Swipe to refund to a Gift Card.
  5. Tap Refund > Done.

Once the refund is complete, you’ll be sent back to the transaction details screen. If your customer would like a receipt for their refund, simply tap New receipt and enter their email address or phone number.

Refunding Payments on a Mobile Device, Square Terminal, or Square Register

  1. From the Transactions screen, select the transaction that needs to be refunded or search by full card number, phone number, customer name, receipt number, notes, or item in the search bar at the top of the screen.
  2. From the transaction details screen, tap Issue refund.
  3. Select the item(s) that needs to be refunded or tap Amount to refund a specified amount > tap Next.
  4. Select a reason for refund and confirm the original payment method with your customer or tap Add Gift Card or Swipe to refund to a Gift Card.
  5. Tap Refund > Done.

Once the refund is complete, you’ll be sent back to the transaction details screen. If your customer would like a receipt for their refund, simply tap New receipt and enter their email address or phone number.

Create Items

Item creation and management are a breeze with the redesigned Square app. Whether you’re just getting started or already have an item library set up, you can easily create items, categories, modifiers, discounts, and more to ensure the checkout process is smooth for both your customers and your team members who use the point of sale daily.

Note: Bulk item importing and exporting is still available through your online Square Dashboard in case you need to create/manage large amounts of items at any time.

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Create Items on a Tablet

  1. From the navigation bar, tap ≡ More > Items.
  2. Under the All Items section, tap Create Item.
  3. Fill out all applicable item information like Name, Category, Price, Description, etc.
  4. Tap the item tile near the top of the screen to set a label color or take/upload a photo > tap Done.
  5. Tap Save.

Note: If you’re using the Item Grid, you can also create an item by tapping on an empty tile and selecting Create Item.

Create Items on a Mobile Device, Square Terminal, or Square Register

  1. From the navigation bar, tap ≡ More > Items.
  2. From the All Items section, tap Create Item.
  3. Fill out all applicable item information like Name, Category, Price, Description, etc.
  4. Tap the item tile near the top of the screen to set a label color or take/upload a photo > tap Done.
  5. Tap Save.

Note: If you’re using the Item Grid, you can also create an item by tapping on an empty tile and selecting Create Item.

Manage and Create Orders

For sellers who are actively managing orders, the Orders section will be accessible from the navigation bar at the bottom of your screen. This allows you to quickly access the information you need to complete orders for your customers in live time. Whether you’re shipping items across the country or preparing orders for contactless pick-up, Square Point of Sale’s Order Manager is a one-stop shop for simple order fulfillment. Note: Sellers who aren’t actively creating and managing orders will not see the Orders option in their navigation bar, but can still access the feature by navigating to ≡ More > Orders.

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Managing Orders on a Tablet or Square Register

  1. Tap ≡ More > Orders.
  2. You’ll see each order listed, along with the time elapsed since the original order was placed.
  3. Tap an order to bring up the details page and select Mark as In Progress to start the fulfillment process.
  4. Depending on the fulfillment type (Delivery, Shipment, Pickup, Curbside, or Digital), tap Mark as ShippedMark as Ready, or Complete Order.

From here, next steps will vary based on the fulfillment type your customer has chosen. Details such as tracking information, pickup/delivery notes, address, and phone number can be confirmed throughout the process. You can also message your customer about their order through email or text with Square Messages.

Learn more about managing orders with Square Point of Sale app.

Managing Orders on a Mobile Device or Square Terminal

  1. Tap ≡ More > Orders.
  2. You’ll see each order listed, along with the time elapsed since the original order was placed.
  3. Tap an order to bring up the details page and click In Progress to start the fulfillment process.
  4. Depending on the fulfillment type (Delivery, Shipment, Pickup, Curbside, or Digital), tap Shipped, Ready, or Complete.

From here, next steps will vary based on the fulfillment type your customer has chosen. Details such as tracking information, pickup/delivery notes, address, and phone number can be confirmed throughout the process. You can also message your customer about their order through email or text with Square Messages.

Learn more about managing orders with Square Point of Sale app.

Creating Orders on a Tablet, Mobile Device, Square Terminal, or Square Register

In order to start accepting pickup orders, you’ll need to turn on the Create orders in checkout setting on Square Point of Sale. Note: Be sure to disable all dining options in your online Square Dashboard.

To enable order creation from your Square app:

  1. Tap ≡ More > Settings > Orders.
  2. Tap Order creation.
  3. Toggle on Enable order creation in checkout.

To create an order:

  1. From the Library tab or Favorites tab on your Checkout screen, add items to the current sale.
  2. Tap Schedule for pickup on the right-hand side.
  3. Tap Add a customer to add your customer to the sale.
  4. Select an order type (e.g. In-store or Curbside pickup) > tap Next.
  5. Select a Pickup time > tap Done.
  6. Continue the Checkout process.

Review Sales

Keeping track of sales is a crucial part of running any successful business. That’s why, with the redesigned Square POS app, you’ll have access to reporting in live time — ensuring you have full visibility into how your business is doing day in and day out. From cash drawer reporting to overall sales reports and graphs, you can keep an eye on how your business is performing wherever you're logged in to the app.

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Reviewing Sales on a Tablet

  1. Tap ≡ More > Reports.
  2. Select from a variety of different reports, including Cash Drawer reporting, Sales reporting, Disputes reporting, and Loyalty reporting.
  3. Using the toggle icon, customize your report by time frame and filter by device and/or team member > tap Done.
  4. From here, you’ll be able to review the report in question. If you’re reviewing the Sales Report, tap the arrow icon to email the report to an email address of your choice.

Reviewing Sales on a Mobile Device, Square Terminal, or Square Register

  1. Tap ≡ More > Reports.
  2. Select from a variety of different reports, including Cash Drawer reporting (not available on mobile devices), Sales reporting, Disputes reporting, and Loyalty reporting.
  3. Tap the date near the top of the report to customize by time frame and filter by device and/or team member, or tap the toggle icon from your Square Terminal or Square Register > tap Done.
  4. From here, you’ll be able to review the report in question. If you’re reviewing the Sales Report, tap the arrow icon to email the report to an email address of your choice.

Sign Out

If you need to sign out of the Square Point of Sale app for any reason, you can do so by tapping ≡ More from the navigation bar at the bottom of your screen and selecting Sign out.

FAQ

Can I revert back to the previous version of the Square Point of Sale app?

Soon Square sellers will no longer be able to revert back to the original Square Point of Sale. We want to ensure you have a smooth transition to the new experience, so you can refer to this guide or contact Square Support for any questions.

What iOS versions does the new checkout experience support?

Square sellers using Apple devices running iOS 13 or below will not be able to update to the new Square Point of Sale experience and will be restricted to Square v6.2. We recommend upgrading to a compatible iOS device using iOS 14 (or higher) or purchasing our latest Square Hardware (financing options available) to access important improvements and functionality that Square will release moving forward.

Can I customize which tools appear in the main menu at the bottom of my app screen?

Yes. From your Square POS app, tap ≡ More > Customize. Add frequently used tools to the menu bar so they’re always next to Checkout and Notifications. Tap Save.

Note: You can add or remove up to two tools.

Can I turn the “Add a customer” button in Checkout on or off?

Yes. If you’d prefer to remove the option to add a customer directly from the checkout flow, visit ≡ More > Settings > Checkout > Customer management. Under “Collect Customer Information,” toggle Before checkout off.

Can I customize the name(s) of my Favorites pages?

Yes. To rename your Favorites page(s) to something else (e.g. Drinks, Food, Merchandise, etc), tap the pencil icon next to the name of the Favorites page while creating or editing your Favorites.

Can I add multiple Favorites pages when using a mobile device or Square Terminal?

At this time, the ability to add more than one Favorites page when using Square Point of Sale on a mobile device or Square Terminal is unavailable. As a workaround, you may want to add Categories to your Favorites page, which will give you the ability to access your items from one singular location, organized by item category.

If you’re using a tablet or Square Register, you can add up to six Favorites pages.

Can I skip the “Review Sale” button during checkout?

Yes. If you are completing a sale for a single, custom amount, you can skip the Review Sale step by going to ≡ More > Settings > Checkout > Payment types > toggle on Skip review sale.

Where can I access features like Settings, Invoices, and Reporting?

If you’re looking for a section of the app that’s not in the primary navigation bar at the bottom of your screen, tap ≡ More to access even more features available through the Square Point of Sale app. From the ≡ More section, you can access Invoices, Reports, Items, Customers, Team, Balance, Support, and Settings. If you aren’t actively creating and managing orders through Square Online, the Orders section will also appear under ≡ More.

Where is the button to clock in or out?

If you have Passcodes enabled, the button to clock in/out and will be available in the corner of the Enter Passcode screen and will appear as a clock icon. If you aren’t clocked in/out while entering your passcode, you will see a notification prompting you to either clock in/out or log out completely.

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