iPad Pop Up Shop Package Setup Guide

This portable POS package is suitable for mobile environments including food trucks, rail networks, pop up shops, event bars and also for table side ordering in cafés, restaurants and anywhere a personal POS can aid your processes and help you to serve your customers better.

iPad Pop Up Shop Package includes:

  • PayPal Here or iZettle Mobile Chip and Pin Device
  • Star SM230i Mobile Bluetooth Receipt Printer
  • The first thing to do is to insert the battery in the printer, charge it and pair the printer with your iPad. The printer will need to be set to Bluetooth (iAP) mode. To do this hold the ‘Mode’ button down until the red error LED flashes five times. Press the ‘Mode’ button until the screen displays ‘Bluetooth (iAP)’.

NB: There are known Bluetooth connectivity issues when running the Spotify App with AirPOS. Attached Bluetooth peripherals (Card Readers, Printers, Barcode Scanners, etc) may regularly drop connection resulting in receipts not printing, drawers not kicking and aborted card transactions.

  • Go into settings on your iPad and select Bluetooth. The iPad will immediately start scanning for nearby Bluetooth devices. If prompted for a PIN when pairing the default PIN is 1234 and the default device name is ‘Star Micronics’.

Auto Connection Function (only for iPad)

  • When the Bluetooth connection with your iOS device is broken, re-connection is established by tapping the printer you want to use on the Bluetooth setting screen of your iPad
  • The auto connection feature eliminates this process and automatically sends a request for connection to the iPad terminal (Host) that the printer was previously connected to. The factory default is off. You can get a self print off the printer by turning it off and while holding the FEED button turn it on again. The printer light will flash and it will self print it's settings. After a moment it will print off Bluetooth Information. If you are only going to use the printer with one iPad you'll probably want this feature enabled. Using the tip of a pencil or something similar push in the RST button at the back of the printer for 4 - 5 seconds. The printer will self print and you'll see 'Auto Connection Current Setting : ON'. Turn the printer off and on again to save this setting. To turn auto connect off repeat the process.

Configuring your printer in AirPOS

  • Having paired the printer the next step is to configure it within AirPOS. Open the AirPOS application and go into settings by pressing the grey cogwheel icon at the top right of your screen.
  • From the left navigation panel select peripherals. A screen will appear listing any configured printers you have. In this new screen press the ‘Add Printer’ button. A new popup window appears. Click in the box beside ‘Select Connection Type’ and from the dropdown menu select Bluetooth as shown below.
  • Any Bluetooth printers paired with your tablet will appear in a blue box. Press ‘SM-S220’ and then next. A new window appears prompting you to select printer type. Select ‘Star Mobile ESC/POS Printer (SM-220)’ from the dropdown menu in that box and then press the ‘Use this printer’ button. Run a test print to be sure everything is working OK.

Setting up Payments

Now that your printer is connected the next step is to setup your  PayPal Here or iZettle ‘Chip & PIN’ card reader. Click on the relevant link below or scroll down to set up your card reader.

iZettle Setup

You will need to create an account and download the iZettle application from the App Store. Log into the application using the credentials you used to create the account.

Next pair the card reader to your iPad. To do this turn on the card reader by pressing the small black power button on the left side of the card reader. It will take up to 45 seconds to power up.

  • Activate Bluetooth on the Chip & PIN reader by holding down the OK button (the button with the green √ ) for 5 seconds.
  • Release the button when the Bluetooth symbol on the cardreader screen starts blinking.
  • Activate Bluetooth on your iPad by going into settings. Wait for “iZettle ###” to appear. (### are numbers which will be the last three digits in the cardreaders serial number[S/N] on the back of the device).
  • Press on the name of the card reader when it appears to pair it. After a few moments a prompt with a six digit code will appear to ‘Pair’.
  • The same six digit code will appear on the card reader. Press ‘Pair’ on the iPad and then confirm the connection on the card reader by pressing the green OK button.
  • Open the app on your iPad and login. Open the AirPOS application and go to your AirPOS settings. From the left navigation panel select ‘Payments’ and set the switch for iZettle to ‘Yes’. This will enable the integration of the iZettle app with AirPOS

You are now ready to perform a transaction on AirPOS using iZettle to process a card payment.

  • To do this select an item on the POS and press tender. On the tender screen select iZettle as the tender type and press the tender button. You will be brought into the iZettle app.
  • At this point your customer will be prompted to insert their card into the Chip & PIN device…

…and enter their PIN

  • When the PIN has been successfully entered the app will notify you that the transaction has been approved.
  • When your customer removes his card you will be brought back to the AirPOS application ready to process another sale.

PayPal Here Payments on iPad

Your card reader may have been shipped to you without having had the latest firmware update installed. It is essential that the firmware is up to date for optimal performance from your new card reader.

Updating the Firmware for your PayPal Card reader

Hardware Manufacturers use embedded software to control the functions of various devices, known as 'Firmware'. Periodically this firmware will be updated to fix bugs, roll out new features and improve security. 

When an update for the card reader is available the LED screen on the card reader will inform you of this.

Also in the AirPOS app you'll see the following popup message.

Just tap on the 'Start Upgrade' button and your card reader will start to update. This will take a few minutes and the screen on your tablet or iPad will display the progress.

Follow the onscreen instructions. Once the update is almost complete the card reader will restart and the display will change.

Close the AirPOS application and if open the PayPal Here app. Relaunch AirPOS and that's the update complete.

Setting up PayPal Here Payments

We assume that you have already set up an account with PayPal Here if you are using PayPal with an iPad. You will need a business account and have it enabled by PayPal to accept PayPal Here payments. If you do not already have a PayPal business account you can sign up for one at the following link.


To accept in-store payments by PayPal you'll need to authorise AirPOS to manage your PayPal location. This is done in the backoffice by clicking on 'POS' in the left navigation panel and then tap on PayPal. The screen will change and you'll see two options; the first is to sign up to PayPal and create a business account if you don't already have one, the other is to enable your device. 

Enabling your device will mean that all card payments taken with your Paypal Here card reader will be processed within the AirPOS application without switching into the Paypal Here app for processing, saving you and your customer time and inconvenience (refunds are also performed within AirPOS). Tap on the 'Setup My PayPal Device Now' button and you'll see the following screen.

Just enter your PayPal credentials and after a few moments PayPal will verify your account and bring you back to the backoffice. This step will enable the full integration with PayPal Here and all PayPal payments can be taken within the AirPOS application.

Before you can take payments with PayPal Here you will need to pair the card reader with your android tablet.

Pairing the Classic Card Reader.

 Press the PayPal Here card reader ON button once then wait for the Bluetooth light to slowly blink. Hold the SYNC button until the Bluetooth light blinks rapidly.

Pair the card reader with your iPad. Go to the settings on your iPad and turn on Bluetooth. Select your PayPal Here card reader from the list of available devices to pair it to your device. The cardreader will be listed as ‘PayPal’ plus the last 3 digits of the serial number (S/N) printed at the top of the device.

Pairing the M10 Card Reader

In order to pair your PayPal Here device with the iPad, you will need to switch on the PayPal device. For the PayPal M10 device (black device with a large black PayPal logo at the top) press and hold the blue power button which you will find on the top right of the card reader (see the diagram below). When you turn on the card reader it's screen will display a starting up message followed by the instruction to open the PayPal Here application on your tablet. You don't need to open the PayPal Here application and you can ignore this instruction.

Press and hold the 'Bluetooth Connectivity' button on the right side of the card reader until it starts to blink. Go to the settings on your tablet and turn on Bluetooth. Select your PayPal Here card reader from the list of available devices to pair it to your device. The cardreader will be listed as ‘PayPal’ plus the last 3 digits of the serial number (S/N) printed at the top of the device.

Having set up your account and paired your payment device with your iPad the next step is to set up payments on your device.

Now log in to AirPOS. To set up payments on your iPad click the settings button on the top right of your screen. Next select payments from the left panel.                                    
On the resultant screen set the ‘Do You have PayPal Here?’ to ‘Yes’. Go back to your AirPOS POS,

Select an item to sell (mark it down to £1.00. You can refund it later when you’ve completed the transaction).

Tap the ‘Tender’ button.

Then from the available options select ‘PayPal’ then ‘Tender’. You will see the following screens.

The display on the card reader will prompt your customer to insert or swipe his card or if contactless to tap it on the card reader.

The screen will change to inform you the transaction is processing.

And after a few moments it will inform you that the transaction is completing.

Upon completion you'll be prompted to send a receipt. Tap on the 'No Receipt' link and you'll be back to the AirPOS final tender screen where you can enter your customers email address to send a receipt and where you can print another receipt.

Congratulations you’ve made your first transaction using PayPal Here.

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