Setting up your Star 650II BTI (Bluetooth) for Mac or iPad


Updating to iOS 14+ on iPad will prompt you to grant the Vend Register App permissions to access Bluetooth and Local Network settings on your iPad.

If declined, this will cause your printer to no longer function. To fix this, ensure that Bluetooth and Local Network Permissions are enabled in Settings -> Vend Register on your device.


This guide provides step-by-step instructions on how to install a Star 650II BTI for your Mac or iPad device.


Device checklist:

In order to set up your receipt printer with your Mac or iPad you'll first need to make sure you have all the peripherals needed.


As the 650II BTI a Bluetooth device and it does not require any cables to connect it to your Mac or iPad. The only cable you will need for your printer is the power cable.

Receipt Rolls:

Make sure you've got your 80mm receipt rolls ready to go. To load your receipt roll open the latch on the top right of the printer, place the roll inside and pull some of the paper through before closing the lid.

Cash Drawer (Optional):

You may also wish to set up your cash drawer at the same time, to do this you'll need a specialised cash drawer cable. This looks similar to a phone line cable.

Mac iPad

Connecting your Star 650II BTI Receipt Printer to your Mac

Before continuing with the setup of your printer, you must ensure that the printer is fully operational. You can perform a self-test in order to check the functionality of the printer:

  1. Turn it OFF.
  2. Hold the feed button down and turn the power back ON at the same time.
  3. Release the feed button. This will print 2 receipts. Hang on to the second receipt or make a note of the Address.

Downloading and Installing the Star driver

1. Go to this link and enter the following information to download the correct driver for your printer.


2. Select Drivers and pick the driver listed under Recommended to download.


3. When this download is completed, open the file to extract it.


4. Open the extracted folder and double click the 'starcupsdrv' file.

5. This will create a new folder. Open this and go to drivers.

6. Double click the .pkg file here and follow the install guide instructions.



Pairing the printer to your Mac

1. Open System Preferences on your Mac.

2. Click the Bluetooth option.

3. Ensure Bluetooth is turned on.


4. On the back of the printer, press and hold the PAIR button for 5 seconds or more. 

5. In the Bluetooth 'Device list', click connect next to 'Star Micronics'

Adding the printer to your CUPs settings 

1. Open up Google Chrome and go to http://localhost:631/admin

2. Click add printer


3. Select the LPD/LPR Host or Printer, then click Continue:


4. Specify the device URI for the printer as shown below and click Continue

Starbluetooth://<<Bluetooth Address>> For example: Starbluetooth://00-12-f3-1c-2f-a4


5. In the add printer screen, enter the printer name, location and description.

6. Click Continue


7. Select Star as the make and the click Continue


8. Select the printer model Start 650ii cutter and click Continue


9. In the set printer options screen, select “Policies” and set “error policy” to “retry current job” and click set default options.


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