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Square Reader Guide

Square Reader is your all-in-one card machine for contactless (NFC) and chip and PIN payments (including contactless devices such as Apple Pay, Google Pay, Samsung Pay, or mobile devices).

A view of the chip card reader that shows the 2 slots – one for magstripe cards and one for chip cards.

The Square Reader is universal, so one reader can be used on supported devices. You can also use the same reader to collect payments for multiple Square accounts or locations. Square readers don’t store any specific account holder or bank account information, nor do they need to be activated. If your device or reader is ever lost or stolen, rest assured that your Square account is stored securely online on our servers rather than on a specific device. Learn more via our Square Reader FAQ.

Note: Your Square Reader can be connected to one device at a time and cannot be connected to multiple devices simultaneously. Simply unpair the reader from one device to pair it with another to continue taking payments.

Get Started

Get a Reader When you Sign Up

When you activate a Square account, you’re given the option to via Square Shop—you can visit Square Shop online at any time.

You can also purchase Square hardware in-person at selected retail stores. Please contact your local retailer before making the trip to ensure they have stock.

Note: You need to activate your Square account prior to accepting card payments via your reader.

Reader Shipping

You should receive your reader within 2 to 7 business days. Readers are sent out by TNT or Australia Post. You’ll get a confirmation email when we’ve received your order and when your reader is shipped with further shipping information. You can also view your orders from your online Square Dashboard.

Order Stickers

If you own a brick and mortar or mobile store, you can order a free marketing kit from the Square Dashboard to let you your customers know you accept all major debit and credit cards.

Order Dock for Square Reader

You can purchase an optional dock for Square Reader to keep the reader charged and in place for quick, seamless countertop transactions. Place the reader (sold separately) in to the dock and add the included USB Wall Charger to connect to a power outlet.

Contactless Reader Dock Assembly

Set Up

Once you receive your Square Reader, hardware setup only takes a few quick minutes. Learn more:

Using Your Square Reader

After you’ve set up your new Square Reader, you’ll be ready to start accepting payments.


If you have any trouble with your Square Reader, check out this article for help:

Learn more about: Contactless and Chip Reader

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