Taking swipe payments with a mobile device is really handy, but if your connection drops out, it can quickly become a disaster. You probably won't get a lot of sales jotting down card numbers on a scrap of paper, but Square has a solution. The new version of Square Register for Android adds offline mode so you can still swipe cards without a connection.

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Previously, the app would refuse to take payments if it was unable to process them on the spot. That's pretty much the behavior you'd expect. The new functionality allows the app to cache the transaction information locally when there's no data connection, then process it the when connectivity is restored.

Offline mode can be enabled in the settings and will save transactions for up to 72 hours (they expire after that). There is also an optional transaction limit for offline mode, which you might want to take advantage of. It would be a bummer to lose a ton of cash because you don't get connectivity back in time.


Ryan Whitwam
Ryan is a tech/science writer, skeptic, lover of all things electronic, and Android fan. In his spare time he reads golden-age sci-fi and sleeps, but rarely at the same time. His wife tolerates him as few would.

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  • EE-EHN

    Only thing is, what if their card had an issue (disabled, account locked, etc) and you don't know until they're gone?

    • NexusKoolaid

      If you enable offline mode that's the risk you take.

    • Andrew

      That's exactly why they give you the option to turn it off or set a dollar limit.

    • Nick Sutton

      This is something retailers face all the time. If a store's internet connection goes down, they have limits of risk they are willing to accept.

    • Pierre Gardin

      Read the article before commenting, thank you.

  • Fatal1ty_93_RUS

    What is a swipe card payment?

  • nmlvr

    Have you tested lydia ? : https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.lydia
    It's a really great payment app.

  • Bob

    I heard STOREE is becoming free for US businesses next week.
    it gives you a more robust solution anyway.