Accepting mobile payments using Square

Using Wild Apricot's mobile app and Square's Point of Sale app (formerly Register), you can accept credit card payments from your mobile device and record those payments in your Wild Apricot account. Square provides financial processing services and a card reader attachment for mobile devices.

You can only use Square to record a one-time manual payment. You cannot set up recurring payment profiles using Square. Paying using Square is not available for free accounts.

What you need to get started

  • a Wild Apricot account
  • the Wild Apricot mobile app on iOS or Android
  • a Square account
  • Square's Point of Sale app (formerly Register)

Setting up the Square POS app

After you've installed the Square POS app for Android or iOS on your mobile device, you need launch the app and log into your Square account.

When you first launch the Square POS app, you'll be asked to enable various device settings.

You should enable each of these settings.

Do not enable the Skip receipt option within your Square settings. Enabling this option will prevent Wild Apricot from receiving a payment confirmation from Square.

Once you are finished, you will be taken to the main Square POS screen, at which point you can close the Square POS app.

Using Square to accept payments

Now that you have set up the Square POS app, you can accept credit card payments from your Wild Apricot mobile app. When you check in an event registrant with payment, or click the Pay button from a contact's Finances tab, a Use Square POS button will appear on the Record payment screen.

Clicking the Use Square POS button takes you to Square's Point of Sale app, where you can process a credit card payment for the invoice amount.

From the Point of Sale app, you choose the credit card option...

....then enter the credit card details or use the card reader to swipe the card.

Once you complete the transaction, tap anywhere within the Point of Sale app and you will be returned to your Wild Apricot app. The payment details will be recorded in your Wild Apricot account. Within the payment details, the Square Up transaction ID will be recorded in the internal notes.

Refunds processed through Square for payments made via the Wild Apricot app will not be automatically recorded in your Wild Apricot account.

Frequently asked questions

Can I set up recurring payments using Square POS?
No. You can only use Square POS to record a one-time manual payment.

Can I use Square to accept payments on the browser version of my Wild Apricot site?
No, Wild Apricot sites can only accept payments using Square from the Wild Apricot mobile app.

Is the Square POS app available worldwide?
No. Currently, you can only use the Square POS app in the US, Canada, UK, Japan, and Australia, though Square plans to support additional locations.

How much fee do you charge per transaction?
Wild Apricot does not charge any fees, but Square does. It’s a 2.75% for swiped transactions and 3.5% + 15 cents for manually entered cards. For more details about Square’s fees, see here.

What our members/registrants need to do to make a payment?
They only give you their credit card or card details. The payment requires no additional actions from the cardholder.



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