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Accepting Card Payments on a Device without a Headphone Jack

Some newer devices from leading phone manufacturers like Apple or Samsung no longer include a headphone jack, which might change how you accept magstripe-only cards. While most customers are carrying tap-and-go cards, you might still need to accept an international credit or debit card without an EMV chip.

While they don’t have a built-in port, some devices include an adapter that enables you to connect 3.5 mm audio accessories, like your favourite headphones or speakers, to the device’s main port (like a USB-C port or Apple’s Lightning connector).

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Below is a list of devices that don’t have a headphone jack and our recommendation for how to accept payments with them:

iPhone 7, iPhone 8 and iPhone X These devices include a Lightning to 3.5mm Headphone Jack adapter, which you can connect to the Square Magstripe Reader.

Samsung You can purchase a Samsung USB Type-C to 3.5mm Headphone Jack Adapter from our retail partners such as JB Hi-Fi or Harvey Norman

Google Pixel, Google Pixel 2 These devices include a USB-C to 3.5mm Digital to 3.5mm Headphone Jack adapter, which you can connect to the Square Magstripe reader. For more convenient connectivity, we recommend connected the Square contactless and chip reader wirelessly to Google Pixel.

If your device isn’t listed, check back at this page–we’ll keep it up to date as we test more device audio adapters with Square Magstripe Reader.

If you have a new device without a headphone jack, we recommend using the Square contactless and chip reader with your new device, as it connects wirelessly with Bluetooth LE. You can also accept contactless card payments, chip card payments, and mobile wallets like Apple Pay and Google Pay.

What if the Square Chip Card Reader is incompatible with my device? If you must accept a card that only has a magstripe, you will need to manually enter the payment information. For manually entered transactions, Square’s standard 2.2% per manually entered transaction fee will be applied. We also recommend using the Square contactless and chip reader with your new device, as it connects wirelessly with Bluetooth LE. You can also accept contactless card payments, chip card payments, and mobile wallets like Apple Pay and Google Pay.