If you are using Square Register, there is an app in the Square App marketplace called Shopventory. It is a delicious suite and probably the reason our square-up guys have not yet moved on a no-brainer feature like this as yet. Who want's an extra barcode reader when your phone can do it? Well Shopventory has got you covered! $29 is your starter pack
My need is similar, but I want to scan in pre-existing UPC bar codes to process customer orders using the camera on my iPad or iPhone INSTEAD of purchasing the rather expensive stand-alone scanner (PayPal does this). Is this an option with Square?
It's very disappointing that your customers have asked for an app fix for over 2 years and you've done nothing but reply with the same run around answer. Very sad.
Thanks I have tried Shopventory, from what I can tell it only reads barcodes to intake inventory and and does not tie into to the check out funcitinion of Square. Am I wrong?
Hello @Celebration, this feature request is kind of a tricky one.
I know this thread has been around for awhile, but there are a lot of factors that come into play when it comes to building a new feature for Square Point of Sale. We have to think about cost, time to build, how far we can stretch engineering resources, and seller feedback to name a few.
Building a barcode scanner into the Point of Sale app has it's own unique challenges. One being that Square Point of Sale is available on a number of devices and each device has a different camera and hardware specifications. If we were to build this, we would want it to work well across all devices.Another is that we've never built a barcode scanner before, so this would be a new feature built from the ground up.
I know this answer may be disappointing, but I hope it provides some clarification to why we're still in the stages of collecting feedback for this feature request.
If you still have questions please feel free to reach out to me! 😀
Why not just use an open-source third-party barcode scanner and integrate them to square? It will not time-consuming or costly to build, but you will gain more user by having this feature. Camera compatibility was never an issue. Most POS out there already done this a long time ago, and it's a standard feature. I'm little confused why Square which more advanced than most POS does not have it. Except you guys have another reason which better than @Chad I think you should go check some competitors. Cheers :)
This is all I want. Really. I hate not having a bar code reader to find my products. It's the driving force on my debate to leave square. Its a qr reader. So Here...heres the Google API for the ML kit
It will answer all your questions. Please add this...pretty please.
Go to play store download: barcode/NFC Scanner app. Allow keyboard replaced with new. Allow camera use. Tap in where you type square app keyboard will pop up tap barcode bottom scan that's it
Yeah, its not that trickey to intigrate a barcode scanner into the camera of a mobile device. I use Woocommerce and WooSquare to integrate my online and Square POS. I had a friend create an iOS app (the app is called Skoo) that scans barcodes and allows me to update inventory on my website. Which inturn gets synced with Square via the WooSquare pluggin. Its not perfect but it general works. It took my friend about 2 weeks to create the app. Works great with Woocommerce. The weak point is the WooSquare intigration between Woocommerce and Square. That pluggin needs some work for sure.
As far as the barcode scanning beeing built into the apps ... Square, stop making it sound way more difficult than it really is.