Square Magstripe Reader FAQs

When will I receive my magstripe reader?

Your new reader should arrive within 10 days. If it doesn’t, follow these steps.

Why isn’t my reader working?

Most issues with the reader can be fixed with these troubleshooting steps.

How do I order a new magstripe reader?

If you are new to Square and haven’t ordered a reader yet, you can order a free reader directly from the Square Shop.

If you have already received your free Square Reader for Magstripe, you can purchase additional readers from the Square Shop for 10 dollars.

Can I use my magstripe reader with any Square account?

Yes, the reader is universal. It doesn’t store any specific account or bank account information, and it can be used to accept payments from multiple Square accounts.

I bought a reader for $10. How do I receive my credit?

If you bought your reader at a participating retail store, enter the redemption code printed on the inside of the reader packaging.

Note: Square Reader for magstripe (with Lightning connector) will be coming to retail stores soon. Keep an eye out for updates on Squareup.com/where-to-buy.

Is my mobile device compatible with the magstripe reader?

Most devices running the latest version of Apple iOS or Android OS are supported as long as they also have a 3.5mm headphone jack or Lightning connector and location services. The Square Reader for magstripe (with Lightning connector) only works on iOS 10.0.2 or later. Check if your device is compatible.

Can I use an extension cable or audio jack adaptor with my magstripe reader?

We don’t officially support audio jack adaptors or extension cables, but our merchants recommend a few that work well.

Can I buy a magstripe reader today?

Yes, find a retail location near you. Note: Square Reader for Magstripe with Lightning connector are not yet available in brick and mortar retail stores.

Can I accept chip cards or contactless (NFC) payments?

The Magstripe Reader processes magnetic stripe cards only, but you can use the Square Chip Card Reader or the Contactless and Chip Card Reader to accept chip cards.

My device doesn’t have a headphone jack, how can plug my reader in?

If you have an iPhone 7,8 or X, you can use the new Square Reader for Magstripe with Lightning connector. As always, your first magstripe reader is free. You can order a reader from our Square shop and get started processing payments.

If you are using a device that does not have a headset jack, you can use the headset adapter included with your device that enables you to connect 3.5mm audio accessories, like your favorite headphones or the Square Reader, to the device’s main port (like a USB-C port).

We also recommend using the Square Reader for contactless and chip with your new device, as it connects wirelessly with Bluetooth LE. You can also accept contactless card payments, chip card payments, and mobile wallets like Apple Pay and Android Pay.

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