The Square magstripe reader accepts magstripe payment cards only (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 two different EMV readers – the Square chip card reader and 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 to start accepting payments.

Shipping Timeline for the Magstripe Reader

You should receive your reader within 5 - 7 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 track your orders from your online Square Dashboard

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

Order an Additional Magstripe Reader

You can order an additional reader from the online Square Dashboard or from the app. If you’re having trouble swiping cards, troubleshoot your magstripe reader.

Order Online 

  1. Sign in to Account & Settings in your online Square Dashboard and click “Card Reader” in the lower-left corner.
  2. Add your shipping address > click “Send me a free reader.”

Order from the App

  1. Tap:Three Horizontal Lines or the down arrow at the top of the Square Register: Register Switcher
  2. From an iPhone or Android device, tap Help. On the iPad, tap Help > Support.
  3. Tap Reorder Reader.
  4. Confirm or edit your shipping address > tap “Send me a free reader.”

Order Multiple Readers

If you need more than one additional reader, contact us.

When you add employees, they can request a reader during signup, so there is no need to request extras on their behalf.

Order Stickers

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

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 you purchase more than one reader, contact us with the redemption codes, and we’ll review your case. 
  • 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. 

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