A few days ago my free Square card reader showed up in the mail, and I’ve been dying to use it ever since. Today, I got that opportunity
Robert, Andrew and I met up for a lunch PPC working group at Nicolitalias Pizza, and when it came time to pay, I put all three orders on my Visa. I owed Robert lunch, but not Andrew…so I thought I’d use Square to collect.
Could I have accomplished this for free with PayPal? Sure. But that wouldn’t have been nearly as fun.
Square Payments on the iPhone in 10 easy steps:
1) On our way out of the restaurant I plugged the Square card reader into my iPhone’s headphone jack.
2) Then I opened the Square app and entered in the amount owed–$8.00.
3) Then I added a note, including the restaurant name (Nico’s)
4) Next it gave me the option to take a photo of the item being purchased (I snapped a shot of the restaurant sign)
5) Then I clicked the “charge” button in the top right and selected the payment type on the next screen (card, in this case)
6) Then it took me to the Card Payment page where I was prompted to swipe Andrew’s card.
7) I swiped the card (took me 2 tries to get it to read, but that was probably my fault). Then it authorized…
8) After authorization, it proceeded to the signature page where Andrew used his fingertip to sign for the transaction via the touch screen (the photo below is a re-creation for privacy’s sake).
9) After clicking “continue” it asked if I would like to send an email receipt to Andrew. I did, so I simply entered his Gmail address where prompted.
10) Ta-da! Andrew gets an emailed receipt, and I can view mine when I log into my SquareUp.com account…with a cool map that shows where the transaction took place! (click to enlarge)