Create a Station

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A station is used to allow people to check in. There are three different ways to create a station:

  • If you're a Check-Ins Administrator, you can log in and set up a station.
  • Ask a Check-Ins Administrator to scan a QR code to set up a station on the device.

You can quickly start using a station by downloading the app and asking an Admin to set it up.

If you want to see how a station works, check out this video fromΒ Planning Center University.

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Log In to Create a Station

If you're an Administrator, you can add a station to any device by logging in and downloading the station from the Stations page.

Download a station to the device by clicking Launch station.

Stations - Check-Ins

Click Download to download the Check-Ins app, where you'll set up your station for your device.

Stations - Check-Ins

Follow the download and installation steps, and then the station will pop up for you to access.

Choose More options, and then choose Log In to begin setting up your station.

Follow the prompts, and then your station will be ready to check people in!

Use Quick Stations

Quick Station setups allow you to quickly create new stations with a set of pre-selected station settings. Create new Quick Station setups for different station types (manned, self, roster) or different events (Sunday Services, Daycare, etc.)

From the settings gear on the Stations page, choose Quick Stations.

🀞 Stations - Check-Ins

Click New quick station to create a settings template to quickly apply to stations.

🀞 Quick stations - Check-Ins

Choose a Station Type, if the station should lock to one event or location, where you'd like labels to print, and select theΒ theme.

🀞 Quick stations - Check-Ins

Scan QR Code to Create Station

If you're not an Administrator, or if you want to set up a station using the Quick Station setups, you can quickly create a station by scanning the QR code on a screen to make that device a station.

1. Download the Check-Ins App

Download the Check-Ins app, available on iOS, Android, Mac, and Windows. Check out our device recommendations.

If you restore a device from a backup or use the same Apple ID for multiple devices, first delete the station from the Stations page, and then download the Check-Ins app again to create a new station.

2. Activate the Station

Scan the code, or select More options to see the URL of the code.

🀞 Check-Ins

Enter the name of the station and choose the quick station to use for the station, and then select Create station.

Activate a new Station - Check-Ins

If you used the URL instead of the QR code, you can enter the code shown on the station.

Your station is now ready to be used to check people in!

Station Type Comparison

Function Station Type

Manned Self Roster
Check-ins only allowed during Event show/hide times
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Manned Station

A Manned Station is great for checking in new people. It needs to have a designated person who can access information in the database. Manned stations should be available for trusted volunteers because sensitive information is accessible in the search.

manned view

Check out this video of a Manned Station in action.

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Self Station

A Self Station allows a person to quickly check in members of the household by checking in with their phone number or scanning a code. It's used by returning families who have checked in before. No staff or volunteer person is required.

self station view

Roster Station

A Roster Station is a digital class list, which allows a teacher to check who arrives at their class. Rosters populate based on the people who have previously checked into the location or event.

roster view

If you don't need teachers to check in students, but you want them to have access to a class list of people who are currently checked in, set the station to default to checkout mode from the Station Settings.

Check out this video of a Roster Station in action.

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Want to auto-populate rosters?

A roster station is populated when people check in to the event, based on the number of days or weeks you choose in the settings of the station. 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.

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

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