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Devices Compatible with the Square Reader for Magnetic Stripe Cards

The Square Reader for Magnetic Stripe is 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 and PIN 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

Supported Android Devices

Android Devices Compatible with Square’s Magstripe Reader
Samsung Galaxy S2 Yes
Samsung Galaxy S3 Yes
Samsung Galaxy S7 Yes
Samsung Galaxy S8 Yes
Samsung Galaxy S9 Yes
Samsung Galaxy Note 2 Yes
Samsung Galaxy Note 10.1 Yes
Samsung Galaxy S4 Yes
Verizon Ellipsis 7 Yes
Samsung Galaxy Note 3 Yes
Motorola Droid RAZR Yes
Motorola Droid Ultra Yes
Samsung Nexus 10 Yes
Asus Nexus 7 (2nd Gen) Yes
Samsung Galaxy S4 Yes
Verizon Ellipsis 7 Yes
Samsung Galaxy Note 3 Yes
Motorola Droid RAZR Yes
Motorola Droid Ultra Yes
Samsung Galaxy S5 Yes
Samsung Galaxy S6 Yes
Samsung Galaxy S7 Yes
Samsung Galaxy S8 Yes
Samsung Galaxy S9 Yes
Samsung Galaxy Tab 2 7.0 Yes
Samsung Galaxy Tab 3 7.0 Yes
HTC One Yes
Samsung Galaxy Nexus Yes
Motorola Moto G Yes
Motorola Moto E Yes
Samsung Galaxy Note 4 Yes
Google Nexus 6 Yes
Motorola Moto X Yes
HTC Desire 510 Yes
HTC EVO 4G LTE Yes
HTC Droid DNA Yes
LG Optimus G Pro Yes
Samsung Galaxy Tab 3 10.1 Yes
Toshiba Excite Go Yes
Asus Memo Pad 8 Yes
LG G2 Yes
LG G3 Yes
HTC One M8 Yes
LG G Pad 7.0 Yes

If Your Device Doesn’t Have a Headphone Jack

We recommend using the Square contactless and Square Reader for chip and PIN for a fast, seamless payment experience on all devices – not just those without a headphone jack. To accept magnetic stripe-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.