What’s a virtual terminal?
A virtual terminal turns your computer into a credit card terminal. It’s perfect for remote billing or taking credit cards over the phone.
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, checks, Square Gift Cards, and other payments from your computer.
Request payments via text
Send customers a secure payment link via text so they can enter their credit card information privately and pay from anywhere.
Split any transaction
Split any transaction across different payment methods, including cash, Square Gift Cards, or multiple credit and debit cards.
Take buy now, pay later payments
Allow customers to pay in installments with Afterpay. There’s no risk. You get paid in full immediately, while they pay four interest-free installments over six weeks.
Take payments anytime, right from your Mac desktop.
Never miss a sale again with Square Charge for Desktop, a free app that lets you process digital payments quickly and easily no matter where you are.
Provide better service with free tools.
Speed up checkout
Set up the item library of your goods and services, taxes, and discounts so you can quickly charge customers.
Email, text, or print professional receipts for every payment from your computer. Collect customer feedback with every digital receipt.
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.
Create better customer relationships
Create customer profiles, add notes, and view purchase histories using Square Customer Directory.
Access your payment processing funds quickly
Get paid as fast as the next business day free, instantly for a small fee, or with the free Square Checking as soon as a payment is charged.
Take in-person payments, too.
Customize your solution to fit your needs
Connect Square Terminal wirelessly with your computer for smooth in-person transactions.
Accept every kind of payment
Let customers tap, dip, or swipe with a card, Apple Pay, or Google Pay. Record cash, checks, Square Gift 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 Center, to find answers to many common questions.
What can I actually do with Virtual Terminal?
You can use Virtual Terminal to charge customers, itemize 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 swiped transactions because the cardholder isn’t standing in front of the seller where an ID and signature can be checked. So credit 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 credit card processing, regardless of what operating system you use.
What is the difference between a quick charge vs. an itemized sale?
A quick charge is when you want to enter just the amount of the transaction. An itemized 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.
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