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Devices Compatible with the Square Reader for Magstripe

The Square Reader for Magnetic Stripe and Chip Card Reader are compatible with Apple devices running iOS 11 and above, and Android devices running version 5 and above.

We don’t currently support:

  • BlackBerry devices
  • Windows devices
  • Non-mobile devices, such as laptops and desktop computers
  • Unreleased or beta software versions for your device
  • Amazon Kindle devices

Check if your device is supported from Square’s Device Compatibility page.

Apple iOS Device Compatibility

The Square Point of Sale app is only compatible with these devices running iOS 11 and later:

Note: All iPhones after the 6S and 6S Plus are compatible with magstripe and chip card readers using the Lightning to 3.5 mm Headphone Jack Adaptor, which comes included with the device.

Learn how to update software on an iOS device.

Android Device Compatibility

We work hard to support as many Android devices as possible! Supported Android devices have the following specifications:

  • Google Android 5.0 or higher
  • A 3.5 mm headset jack with microphone (audio jack adaptors are not supported)
  • Location services enabled
  • Access to Google Play

Note: If you plan to connect your Android device to supported hardware, make sure your device supports USB OTG (On-The-Go).

If your Device Doesn’t Have a Headphone Jack

We recommend using the Square contactless and chip reader for a fast, seamless payment experience on all devices – not just those without a headphone jack. To accept magstripe-only cards, or gift cards, we recommend using the Apple Lightning to Headphone Jack adaptor (included with the iPhone 7) to connect your Square magstripe reader. You might also try a third-party USB-C to 3.5 mm audio adaptor, but please note that Square has not officially tested compatibility between the magstripe reader and other third-party adaptors.

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