August’s Hottest Features 2018

August’s Hottest Features 2018
To make sure you’re getting the most out of Square, here’s a roundup of the great features we added in August.
by Alise Bailey Aug 31, 2018 — 2 min read
August’s Hottest Features 2018

We’re constantly releasing tools to help you start, run, and grow your business.

In August we launched a bunch of cool new features. To make sure you’re getting the most out of Square, here’s a roundup.

Skip the signature for even faster card payments

To speed up your transactions, we’ve updated our POS app so you can remove the signature requirement altogether, for any transaction amount. Don’t worry — the chip card technology helps reduce fraud, and our card partners agree that signatures are not needed. Speed up your line and remove signatures from checkout.

Take payments via swipe from your computer

You can now take in-person payments from your Apple computer or Chromebook using Square Reader for magstripe. Integrate payments into your existing workflow by turning your computer into a checkout station with Virtual Terminal. Get started taking swiped payments from Virtual Terminal on your computer.

virtual terminal and reader for magstripe

Pick up our new reader, optimized for payments on iOS devices

No headset jack? No worries. Now you can take take payments on your iPad or iPhone 7, 8, or X with Square Reader for magstripe with Lightning connector. The new reader plugs directly into the Lightning port on your device for easy and accurate swipes without an adapter. Order Square Reader for magstripe (with Lightning connector).

square reader for magstripe with lightning connector

Your checkout experience just got faster with Square hardware

Now you can make the checkout experience even faster — and just as secure — for you and your customers. With our latest update, you can process chip cards in just two seconds (previously 3.6 seconds) and payments don’t require a signature.

Order hardware in the Square Shop to speed up your lines.

speedy card processing

Take payments in your custom app with Square hardware

Square Reader SDK allows developers to quickly create in-person payment solutions that are EMV and PCI compliant and use Square hardware. Build a custom point of sale, line-busting mobile solution, and more. Start building with Reader SDK.

Square Payroll calculates and pays out tips for you

We’ve added tip importing to Square Payroll to take the hassle out of calculating and paying out tips. Now with a single click, tips can either be pooled and split based on the number of hours worked, or paid out directly to the employee who earned each tip. Split tips easily with Square Payroll.

square payroll tips

Square Payroll available in 6 new states

Square Payroll is now live in 44 states. If your business is in Maine, Michigan, Nebraska, North Dakota, Pennsylvania, or Rhode Island, you can now pay W-2 employees and contractors using our online payroll service. Pay your team from your desktop or mobile phone in just a few clicks, and we’ll take care of federal, state, and local tax filings. Get started with Square Payroll today.
square payroll in 44 states

What’s new with Square partnerships

Square’s partners provide everything from accounting software and eCommerce solutions to inventory and employee management. Here’s what’s new with our partners this month.

Manage your accounting and send invoices with ZipBooks

ZipBooks accounting software manages invoicing, employee time tracking, customer reviews, and reporting. Through the Square + ZipBooks integration, you can use ZipBooks as an accounting solution to reconcile daily transactions from your Square POS. ZipBooks also makes it easy to send and collect online invoice payments with Square. Learn more about the ZipBooks + Square integration.

Create a website for your business with

Create a website with and sell online with Square using WooCommerce, the eCommerce platform for With WordPress, you can view real-time statistics, manage your social media promotion on Twitter and Facebook from your site, and improve your search ranking with built-in SEO tools. Learn more about the + Square integration.

Want to know about other recent product launches and updates? Take a look at the hottest features we launched in July.

Alise Bailey
Alise Bailey is an editor at Square, where she writes about how to start, run, and grow a business, highlighting our sellers around the world.


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