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Square for Restaurants Mobile POS: Get Started Guide

Focus on a better experience for your staff and guests when you take your POS on the go. Square for Restaurants mobile POS helps your servers take orders and payments tableside, at the bar, or in line. 

Benefits of Restaurants mobile POS

  • Turn tables faster and increase server efficiency with intuitive tableside ordering and payments.

  • Reduce the time it takes to turn a table by speeding up order entry and guest checkout.

  • Give your servers more time to interact with their diners and provide best-in-class service.

  • Keep tabs on your VIPs with up-to-the-minute diner preferences, order history, and server notes.

  • Keep service running smoothly with your staff always in the know of what’s selling and what’s about to sell out.

  • Keep diners safe with the flexibility to order and pay how they want,.

  • Get orders out quickly and accurately with tableside, curbside, online, and delivery orders streamlined on one powerful handheld device.

  • Keep your kitchen efficient and your line cooks and expeditors in sync with the ability to course, fire, sequence, and throttle orders accurately based on prep time and order source.

  • Keep line-ups moving, and empower your servers to take orders on the go. Completely eliminate the back and forth from the table to the countertop POS. 

Compatible Hardware 

Our powerful Restaurants mobile POS comes with two new handheld options to match your workflows:

Visit the Square Shop to find additional countertop and mountable hardware options for your restaurant.


You will need either the free 30-day trial or the paid subscription of Square for Restaurants Plus to use Restaurants mobile POS. The Square for Restaurants Free plan does not allow you to use the mobile POS.

You can use Square for Restaurants mobile POS on unlimited handheld devices (Square Terminal and Mobile POS kit) for $50 per month per location with your Square for Restaurants Plus subscription. 

If you need additional handheld devices for your team, visit the Square Shop to order more Square Terminals or the Mobile POS kit.

Sign Up 

If you’re ready to get started, the first step is to sign up for your free 30-day trial of Square for Restaurants Plus. If you’re just getting started with Square, you’ll need to create a new account. 

If you already have an existing account, click Sign in with your Square account. Visit the Square for Restaurants landing page to upgrade to Square for Restaurants Plus. When you upgrade to Square for Restaurants Plus, all of your existing account information will be available with Square for Restaurants — including your items, customers, team members, and bank account information.

Create Menus

Create menus for each location and service — add drinks, appetizers, entrees, item categories, and inventory counts. Start menus from your Square Dashboard. 

Set Up Hardware

Visit our Setup Instructions to begin. Select your device and walk through the setup instructions. 

Device Code Creation

Create a device code from your Square Dashboard. You’ll use this to configure payment and device settings and sign in to your mobile POS. 

Table and Floor Management

After you’ve set up your Square for Restaurants account, you’re ready to start seating tables and accepting payments.

  • floor plan: Map out your restaurant and customize the Restaurants app by creating a floor plan from your online Square Square Dashboard.

  • Accept Square for Restaurants: Process payments, split checks, accept tips, and finalize checks.

  • Check Management: View check actions — including how to move, assign, or void checks from the Restaurants app.

  • Coursing: Set up multiple courses and choose to hold, fire, or create item categories.

  • Check Management: Process payments, split checks, accept tips, and finalize checks.

Tableside and In-Line Orders and Payments

Once you subscribe to Square for Restaurants Plus, you can use Square Terminal and our Mobile POS kit to take orders and payments tableside or in line. 

Supported features include: 

  • Conversational modifiers: All modifiers and conversational modifiers, like Add, Extra, and Side, are supported. 

  • Coursing: Items added to a check from mobile POS will support the same custom named courses created in Dashboard and shared across any countertop devices using Square for Restaurants.

  • Seat Tracking: Set and edit cover counts from mobile POS as well as add items to a specific seat during order entry. These settings can be adjusted from your Dashboard Device Settings. You can assign a cover count to a table and a seat position to specific items at that table from any Square for Restaurants device. If there are any changes to the number of guests at a table, you can easily edit the number of seats on the open check.

  • Floor Plans: Effortlessly manage sections across your restaurant between the checklist and floor plans. Check table status at a glance with color timing indicators created in Device Settings.

Mobile POS FAQs

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

You can use Square for Restaurants mobile POS on unlimited handheld devices for $0 per month until January 15, 2023* as long as you have a Restaurants Plus subscription. You can use Square for Restaurants mobile POS on unlimited handheld devices for $50 per month per location with your Square for Restaurants Plus subscription.

What is the processing rate for Mobile POS with Square for Restaurants?

Swiped, dipped, or tapped transactions with Square for Restaurants cost 2.6% + $0.10.

Can I apply Automatic Gratuity?

Yes, Automatic Gratuity will be applied according to the Service Settings configured in Dashboard.

Are there any features with Square for Restaurants not supported on Mobile POS?

The following features are unavailable on Square Terminal but are coming soon. Keep an eye on the Seller Community for updates:

  • Reopening checks and splitting by item — this is currently only available on iPads.
  • Dark mode