Go Wireless with the Square Reader and Your iPhone 7, 8, or X

If you’ve upgraded to an iPhone 8 or X — or another phone without a headphone jack — you’re probably wondering if you can keep relying on Square to take credit card payments. (Or if you need to keep an old phone with a headphone jack just to keep processing payments.)

Keep selling with Square with your iPhone

Rest assured, merchants with newer iPhones can absolutely keep selling with Square. Square sellers have options and we’re here to keep supporting you. Here’s the lowdown on how to continue taking card payments with Square and your new iPhone:

Use the contactless and chip reader

Square’s Contactless and Chip Reader connects by Bluetooth LE so you don’t have to worry about not having a headset jack or messing around with adapters.

All card-carrying Canadian customers have a chip card in their wallet. So if you have the new reader, that’s the reader you’ll be using most of the time. But it also allows you to take NFC mobile payments, like Apple Pay which are the most secure type of payment, and extremely fast to process.

The Square contactless and chip reader costs just $59. A magstripe reader also comes in the box so you can still swipe cards without a chip.

If you sell on the go, our partner OtterBox is offering a new uniVERSE case for iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus. The case lets you attach Square Reader for contactless and chip to the back of your phone. When you’re done selling, just slide the reader off the case and you’ve got a durable case for the rest of your day.

Accept chip cards and Apple Pay everywhere.

Order the Square contactless and chip reader.

Use the Square Reader for Magstripe (with Lightning Connector)

Selling with Square with your iPhone

To swipe cards with your iPhone 7, 8, or X, use the Square Reader for Magstripe (with Lightning Connector). The new Square reader plugs directly into the Lightening port on your device for easy and accurate swipes - no need for an adapter. Square Reader will also work with any iPad or iPhone that has a Lightening port and runs iOS 10.0.2 or later.
Get a Square Reader for Magstripe (with Lightning Connector) – your first one is on us, and only $10 after that.

Use your iPhone adapter

You can also take payments using your Square Reader for magstripe and the Lightening-to-audiojack adapter included with your new iPhone. The Apple Lightning adapter plugs into the phone’s charging port.

Some sellers have found the connection to be a little unreliable when taking payments with the provided adapter. We recommend using the Square Reader for Magstripe (with Lightning Connector) or Square Reader for contactless and chip, so you never have to worry about whether or not you can take a payment.

However you choose to sell — and whether your phone has a headphone jack or not — Square’s got you covered.

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