What’s a virtual terminal?
A virtual terminal turns your computer into a credit and debit card payments terminal. It’s perfect for remote billing or taking card payments over the phone or by mail or fax.
Make payments simple to accept and track.
Charge cards from your computer
Key in and charge credit and debit card payments from any browser. No special equipment or devices required.
Record all types of payments
Accept and record cash, cheques, Square eGift Cards and other payments from your computer.
Request payments via text
Send customers a secure payment link via text so they can enter their card information privately and pay from anywhere.
Split any transaction
Split any transaction across different payment methods, including cash, Square eGift Cards or multiple credit and debit cards.
Streamline your business with easy-to-use tools built into your POS.
Speed up checkout
Charge customers by selecting items or scanning them with a USB barcode scanner. You can also add discounts and VAT to any sale.
Issue professional receipts.
Email, text or print professional receipts for every payment from your computer.
Schedule recurring payments
Bill your customers for recurring payments on a weekly, monthly or yearly basis and securely store customer card information on file.
Manage and run your business more easily.
Keep track of your business
Stay up to date using the real-time reporting tools in your Square Dashboard.
Build lasting customer relationships.
Create customer profiles with notes about your customers, see their purchase histories and save their cards on file to make checkout quick.
Access your funds quickly
Get paid as fast as the next business day so you can control when your funds get sent to your bank account.
Take in-person payments too.
Customise your solution to fit your needs
Connect Square Terminal to your computer wirelessly for smooth in-person transactions.
Accept every kind of payment
Let customers pay using contactless payments, chip and PIN, Apple Pay or Google Pay. Record cash, cheques, Square eGift Cards and other payments with your computer.
Integrated with the rest of your business.
We keep card data safe from end to end and track fraudulent cards to protect you and your customers.
When payment disputes occur, our team of experts deals with the bank for you so you can focus on your business.
Your Square account gives you everything you need to take payments – no need to visit a bank.
Process customer refunds for payments directly from your online Square Dashboard.
Our highly trained support team is available via phone or email. Use online resources, such as the Square Seller Community forum and Square Support Centre, to find answers to many common questions.
What can I actually do with Virtual Terminal?
You can use Virtual Terminal to charge customers, itemise sales and create recurring payments to save time and get paid faster.
Why are Virtual Terminal payments priced differently?
Manually entered, keyed-in card transactions are a potentially higher risk than in-person transactions because the cardholder isn’t standing in front of the seller where an ID can be checked and PIN number entered. So card networks put measures in place to protect against this potentially higher risk of fraud, including charging Square higher fees.
How can I get started with Square Virtual Terminal?
First, you need to sign up for your free account with Square. In Square Dashboard, click Virtual Terminal, then Take a Payment. Enter the amount and click Charge. More detailed steps below.
Does Virtual Terminal work for Windows or Mac?
Both. Square Virtual Terminal works as a Mac POS system or a Windows POS system. Because it’s browser-based, it’s just a digital POS that lets you offer payment card processing, regardless of what operating system you use.
What is the difference between a quick charge vs an itemised sale?
A quick charge is when you want to enter just the amount of the transaction. An itemised sale is possible after setting up an item library for your items or services, which provides you with better insights into sales and gives your customers more detailed receipts.