Devices Compatible with the Square Magstripe and Chip Card Readers

The Square magstripe and chip card readers are compatible with most Apple iOS and Android devices running the latest software versions.

We don’t currently support:

  • BlackBerry devices
  • Windows devices
  • 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

Your Apple device needs to be running the latest iOS version. We currently support the following devices:

Note: iPad (1st generation) isn’t supported because it doesn’t upgrade to the latest version of Apple iOS.

Android Device Compatibility

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

  • Google Android 4.0 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).

Supported Android Devices

Below, you’ll find a list of the most popular, supported Android devices for the Square magstripe and the Square chip card reader

If you’ve ordered a Square contactless and chip card reader, make sure your device is supported, as they differ from the list below. 

Android Devices Compatible with Magstripe and Chip Card Readers Compatible with Magstripe Reader Only
Samsung Galaxy S2 Yes Yes
Samsung Galaxy S3 Yes Yes
Samsung Galaxy Note2 Yes Yes
Samsung Galaxy Note 10.1 Yes Yes
Samsung Galaxy S4 Yes Yes
Verizon Ellipsis 7 Yes Yes
Samsung Galaxy Note3 Yes Yes
Motorola Droid RAZR Yes Yes
Motorola Droid Ultra Yes Yes
Samsung Galaxy S5 Yes Yes
Samsung Galaxy S6 Yes Yes
Samsung Galaxy Tab2 7.0 Yes Yes
Samsung Galaxy Tab3 7.0 Yes Yes
HTC One Yes Yes
Samsung Galaxy Nexus Yes Yes
Motorola Moto G Yes Yes
Motorola Moto E Yes Yes
Samsung Galaxy Note4 Yes Yes
Google Nexus 6 Yes Yes
Motorola Moto X Yes Yes
HTC Desire 510 Yes Yes
HTC Droid DNA Yes Yes
LG Optimus G Pro Yes Yes
Samsung Galaxy Tab3 10.1 Yes Yes
Toshiba Excite Go Yes Yes
Asus Memo Pad 8 Yes Yes
LG G2 Yes Yes
LG G3 Yes Yes
HTC One M8 Yes Yes
LG G Pad 7.0 Yes Yes
Sony Xperia Z3 Yes  
LG Optimus G Yes  
Sony Xperia A Yes  

Learn more about Square features available on your supported device and review a list of devices with known issues.

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 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.

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