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Pro tip: How multiple Square users can share the same receipt printer

Jack Wallen shows you how multiple Square users can print to the same receipt printer.

Square printing

I recently ran into a situation where I had multiple vendors — all using individual Square accounts — that needed to be able to print receipts from a centralized receipt printer. I discovered that it's possible if you have right printer. Let me show you how this is done, so you can avoid the confusion and headache of having to solve this issue on your own.

What you need

  • A Square account
  • Android Square app
  • Wireless network
  • Supported wireless receipt printer (such as the Star Micronics TSP143LAN)

The first thing to do is plug the Star Micronics printer directly into an available ethernet port on your router and power up the printer. Once the printer is powered up, make sure your Android device is on the same network as is the printer. Next, fire up the Square App, log into your account, and swipe right from the left edge of the screen. From the sidebar, tap Account, and then tap Settings. The Settings window (Figure A) should list Printers — tap that and select the printer to be used.

Figure A

Figure A

Running Square on a Verizon-branded Droid Turbo.

That's it. You should now be able to print from Square to your receipt printer. You can run a test print as well as enable/disable receipts/order tickets. Anyone within the business that uses Square (whether they use Android or iOS) should be able to print to that same printer. This avoids everyone having to purchase separate printers.

You don't have to limit your Square app to one printer. You can purchase multiple (supported) printers and print the same receipt to as many printers as necessary.

Square is a solid way to take payments. Whether you're a one-man/woman shop or a vendor under a common roof, printing receipts from Square doesn't have to be too costly or complicated.

What app/service do you use to take payments from clients/customers? Share your experience in the discussion thread below.

About Jack Wallen

Jack Wallen is an award-winning writer for TechRepublic and Linux.com. He’s an avid promoter of open source and the voice of The Android Expert. For more news about Jack Wallen, visit his website jackwallen.com.

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