Launch Station

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To get started, download the Check-Ins app on any device you'd like. The app is available on iOSAndroid, Mac, and Windows.

When you launch a station, you decide what type of station you’d like to launch and on which device you’d like that station to be located.

Minimum requirements:

  • IOS 9.2
  • Android 4.4
  • MacOS 10.9
  • Windows 7

Once you've chosen which presets you want for the app, enter the name of the station and create the station.

enter station name

Once you select Create my station, you have the option to create three different types of stations.

Manned Station

A manned station is great for when a new person is checking in. Each manned station needs to have one designated person to be able to access information in the database. Manned stations should not be available for anyone to search, as sensitive information is accessible.

manned station info

Once you've chosen a theme, the last step requires you to choose where you'd like labels to print as well as if the station should lock to one event or location.

printing info

If your station is locked to an event or location, it will not be able to access other events or locations until it is edited on the Admin side or by using Station Keys.

Select Finish, and your device is set to be a manned station. Search a person's name, phone number, or barcode to check them in.

manned view

Select the gear at the bottom right to change the Station Settings at any time.

You can search for a person with just the first two letters of the first and last name and use other shortcuts for quicker check-in or hide those shortcuts in the settings.

Self Station

A self station allows a person to quickly check in members of the household, according to the phone number, barcode, or mobile pass they use. A self station is made for returning families who know what they are doing. No staff or volunteer person required.

Select how to allow people to search for their name, by keypad or scanner--or both--then choose the theme for the station.

self station info

Choose where you'd like labels to print as well as if the station should lock to one event or location.

printing info

If your station is locked to an event or location, it will not be able to access other events or locations until it is edited on the Admin side or by using Station Keys.

Select Finish to be taken to the check-in screen, where you can enter a phone number or scan a barcode or mobile pass, depending on your search selection.

self station view

Select the gear at the bottom right to change the Station Settings at any time.

Keypad and Scanner Previews

Each option has a different view. Choose your option based on one of these previews.

Keypad and Scanner: Onscreen Keypad

This option allows the person to enter their phone number on the keypad or tap the camera to scan their barcode or mobile pass.

both onscreen
Keypad and Scanner: Keyboard/Scanner

This option allows the person to enter their phone number on the keyboard.

both both
Only Keyboard: Onscreen Keypad

This option allows the person to enter their phone number using the keypad.

keyboard onscreen
Only Keyboard: Keyboard/Scanner

This option allows the person to enter their phone number using the keyboard.

keyboard both
Only Scanner

If you only use barcodes or mobile passes for checking in at this station, set it as scanner, which only allows the device to scan barcodes or mobile passes.

scanner
Roster Station

A roster station is a digital class list, which allows a teacher to check who arrives to class. Rosters populate based on the people who have previously checked into the class depending on the number of days required for the roster to populate.

Select the event for the roster station as well as the location you'd like to display. Then choose when to populate the station.

roster station info

A roster station is populated by check-ins to the event based on the number of days or weeks you choose. A roster station will not show any names on the list until an event has recorded check-ins for that number of days or weeks. If you want a roster station to show names, you can add past sessions with those people listed in them.

If you want labels to print as you check in people, you can set which station to print the labels to.

printing info

Once you Finish, you'll be taken to your roster station where you can add a check next to anyone who arrives.

roster view

Select the gear at the bottom left to change the Station Settings at any time.

After you've created the station, when you open the station on a Mac or Windows computer, log in using your Planning Center username and password then choose to automatically launch the station every time, or you can make the station into a kiosk, so people can't exit the screen.

If you choose Automatically Launch at Login from the Window menu, the app will load immediately every time you start your computer.

launch at login

If you choose Toggle Kiosk or Always Launch in Kiosk Mode from the View menu, the station will take over the whole screen, and people will not be able to exit the screen.

kiosk mode

You can toggle back to normal mode by pressing the following key combinations:

  • Windows (Alt+Ctrl+Enter)
  • Mac (Alt+Command+Enter)

After you've set up your station, you're ready to check people into the event.

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