Devices Compatible with the Square Magstripe Reader
We don’t currently support:
Non-mobile devices, such as laptop 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 12 and later:
|iPhone 6 Plus|
|iPhone 6S Plus|
|iPhone 7 Plus|
|iPhone 8 Plus|
|iPhone XS Max|
|iPhone 11 Pro Max|
|iPhone 11 Pro|
|iPhone 12 Pro|
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 Adapter 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 3.5mm 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 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 adapter (included with the iPhone 7) to connect your Square Magstripe Reader. You might also try a third party USB-C to 3.5mm audio adapter, but please note that Square has not officially tested compatibility between the magstripe reader and other third party adapters.
Note: The magstripe reader no longer comes with the Square Reader and is not sold separately.