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Can you use Square with standard printers?

Can you use a standard wireless printer with Square?

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Re: Can you use Square with standard printers?

Best Answer

 

As VanKalkerFarms answer states, Point of Sale is not compatible with standard desktop printers at this time. A possible solution might be to view your receipts on your online Dashboard after the transaction is complete and you can print them from there on a desktop printer. 

 

Just click the Transaction and the Receipt will preview on the right-hand side. At the bottom, you'll see the receipt number (ex: Receipt #H8R5). Click that and it will show you the digital version of the receipt. From there you're good to print on the standard 8x11 printer paper.

 

*Note: We have had some Sellers complain about the receipts printing over too many pages when they want it to only print on one. The trick is to reduce the scale of the image within your printing options until it fits. (see screenshot)


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Please let us know if you have any further questions!

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VanKalkerFarms Super Seller

Re: Standard printers

Square register only works with receipt printers, not desktop models like an inkjet or laserjet.

 

if you use the Square stand

https://squareup.com/help/us/en/article/5508-recommended-hardware-for-square-stand

 

if you don't use square stand or do use the square stand but don't want USB printers and cash drawers (they are more expensive)

printer https://amzn.com/B003O91EUY

drawer https://amzn.com/B00EUMNQTG

those are the 2 items I have 3 sets of that work great.

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McNabbGames

Why does the square reader not just have a simple print button?

So ive tried every work around i can find on the internet and all to no avail. 

The supported square receipt printers are unecessarily overpriced.

A simple print button on the tablet application would allow us to connect to a local or network printer and print the same form data. Why is this still impossible? Why can we still not utilize our desktop or local printers to print receipt data from the app? 

 

It is a simple process all I can think is that square gets a percentage of royalties from their supported printer sales and thats why they are locking everything down to these ridiculously overpriced pieces of equipment. 

 

Im on the verge of just going with another pos system as this is unecessarily convoluted.

 

 

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Re: Why does the square reader not just have a simple print button?

Hi @McNabbGames — I went ahead and combined your thread with another seller's who had a similar question. I can assure you that we're always looking into more affordable hardware options for our sellers. As for the technical explanation, from my limited understanding (I'm not an engineer), each printer manufacturer has a specific driver for their hardware, and since manufacturers don't build printer drivers for Square Register, we would have to build one for each printer model - which is something we don't have the bandwidth to do. 

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VanKalkerFarms Super Seller

Re: Why does the square reader not just have a simple print button?

The printer that Square supports is one of the largest used brands in the receipt printer market.  They are not getting kickbacks on printers as the printers are sold by hundreds of places including Amazon, and the buyer doesn't know you are buying it to print with Square as the printer is also used by 100s of other POS systems. More printer options would always be better, but as this is one of the industry standard printers it only makes sense they support it.

 

A printer costs money and is an investment in your business.  It currently is about $200 on amazon and we have had 3 printers for 4 years now and they are still going strong 50,000+ receipts later.

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lynnisaw

Re: Why does the square reader not just have a simple print button?

But for those of us who need a portable battery operated printer they offer no support, they could offer at least one.

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Admin

Re: Why does the square reader not just have a simple print button?

Hey @lynnisaw, sorry about the delay! 

 

If you are using an iPad we do have a number of compatible Bluetooth printers. You can find them our Support Center article Supported Hardware for iPads. 😃

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drdeputy

Re: Why does the square reader not just have a simple print button?

But my point is that an adding machine paper-receipt looks unprofessional in some businesses.  An inexpensive ink jet or better, a multitasking network office printer that is already in use would make a LOT more sense for me.  I'm sure they are robust and work fine, they just don't suit my business and I don't like being so limited in the TYPE of printer I can use.

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Re: Can you use Square with standard printers?

Best Answer

 

As VanKalkerFarms answer states, Point of Sale is not compatible with standard desktop printers at this time. A possible solution might be to view your receipts on your online Dashboard after the transaction is complete and you can print them from there on a desktop printer. 

 

Just click the Transaction and the Receipt will preview on the right-hand side. At the bottom, you'll see the receipt number (ex: Receipt #H8R5). Click that and it will show you the digital version of the receipt. From there you're good to print on the standard 8x11 printer paper.

 

*Note: We have had some Sellers complain about the receipts printing over too many pages when they want it to only print on one. The trick is to reduce the scale of the image within your printing options until it fits. (see screenshot)


Screen Shot 2017-08-25 at 2.29.25 PM.png

Please let us know if you have any further questions!

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drdeputy

Re: Why does the square reader not just have a simple print button?

Unless proven otherwise, I agree.  And in my business, giving a client a receipt on what amounts to a piece of adding machine paper is unprofessional.  I should be able to use any printer that is compatible with the iPad, not just the uni-tasker receipt printers.

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