Go Wireless with the Square Reader and Your iPhone or iPad

Square reader for iPhone and iPad

If you’ve upgraded to newer Apple device, such as an iPhone 7, iPhone 8, iPhone X, XS or XR, or the newly announced iPad Pro – or another phone without a headphone jack – you’re probably wondering if you can keep relying on Square to accept credit card payments. (Or if you need to keep an old phone with a headphone jack just to keep processing payments.)

Rest assured, iPhone users 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 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.

So if you have the new reader, that’s the reader you’ll be using most of the time. This is good news because chip cards and contactless payments are far more secure than magstripe cards.

Accept Apple Pay and chip cards everywhere.

Order the Square contactless and chip reader.

Contactless payments, also known as NFC (near field communication) payments like Apple Pay are the most secure type of payment, and are extremely fast to process. Square Reader for contactless and chip costs just $59. A magstripe reader also comes in the box so you can still swipe cards without a chip.

Use Square Reader for magstripe (with Lightning Connector)

square reader for magstripe with lightning connector

To swipe cards with your iPhone 7, 8, X or XR use Square Reader for magstripe (with Lightning connector). The new reader plugs directly into the Lightning 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 Lightning 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 Lightning-to-audiojack adapter included with your 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 worry have to 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.