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Get a Free Square Magstripe Reader

The Square Reader for magstripe accepts magstripe payment cards (cards without a chip). When you sign up for Square and your account is activated, we’ll ship you one for free.

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To accept chip cards, we have an EMV reader – the contactless and chip card reader. Compare the Square Readers and decide which is best for your business.

Note: The magstripe reader does not need to be charged. Simply plug it into your device’s headset jack or Lightning connector to start accepting payments.

Request Your First Free Magstripe Reader

If you did not request a free magstripe reader when signing up for Square, you can order one online or from the Square app.

Order Online

  1. Navigate directly to the Square Shop.
  2. Choose the connectivity that works for you — headset jack or Lightning connector. Add the Square Reader for Magstripe to your cart.
  3. Click Sign in at checkout to see if your business is eligible for a free magstripe reader. If so, you’ll see a $10 credit automatically applied to your order. Any additional magstripe readers are just $10.
  4. Confirm your shipping address, add credit card information (if needed) and complete checkout.

Order From the Square App

  1. Tap the three horizontal lines to open the navigation panel.
  2. Select Support > Reader Orders > Order Reader.
  3. Tap Square Reader for Magstripe.
  4. Choose the connectivity that works for you — headset jack or Lightning connector. Add the Square Reader for Magstripe to your cart.
  5. Sign in at checkout to see if your business is eligible for a free reader. If so, you’ll see a $10 credit automatically applied to your order. Any additional magstripe readers are just $10.
  6. Confirm your shipping address, add credit card information (if needed) and complete checkout.

Purchase Additional Magstripe Readers

You can purchase additional readers from the Square Shop for 10 dollars.

If you’re having trouble swiping cards, troubleshoot your magstripe reader.

Shipping Timeline for the Magstripe Reader

You should receive your reader within 7-10 business days. Readers are sent out by DHL to the U.S. Postal Service for local delivery. You’ll get a confirmation email when we’ve received your order, and when your reader is shipped. You can also view your orders from your online Square Dashboard.

If it’s been 10 business days since you placed an order and received your order confirmation email, review these common scenarios for delayed hardware orders.

Keep in mind, at this time, we do not offer expedited shipping on Magstripe reader orders.

While you’re waiting for your reader to arrive, you can manually enter payments. If you need a reader immediately, you can purchase one from a retail store.

Buy a Magstripe Reader from a Retail Store

Magstripe readers are available at participating retail locations. When you purchase a reader, keep the following in mind:

  • They cost $10 up front, but come with a $10 redemption code. Once you enter the code we’ll send $10 to your linked bank account.
  • One redemption code can be claimed per Square account.
  • If an employee has purchased a reader from a retail location, the reader credit is sent to the bank account linked to the primary Square account holder. Contact the primary account holder for reimbursement.
  • If you weren’t approved to accept credit cards, you’re still able to link your bank account and redeem the credit.
  • If you purchased a two-pack of readers at Sam’s Club, you’ll find a redemption code for $15 within the packaging.

Order Stickers

You can order Square stickers and a table tent from your online Square Dashboard.

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