Apple iOS Compatibility & Contactless Reader

The Square contactless and chip card reader is supported on iOS devices with the following:

  • The latest software version, or iOS 9.1 and above.
  • An updated version of the Square app: Version 4.71 or higher for iOS. Learn how to update your Square app.
  • Bluetooth Low Energy (BLE)

You can check if your specific device is supported here.

Most Apple iOS devices running the latest iOS version are compatible. Note: The reader will not connect to devices with iOS 9. You’ll need to update to iOS 9.1 or above.

If you’re using Square Stand, you can connect the reader to your stand’s USB hardware hub to accept any payment type. Mobile devices not connected to Square Stand will connect wirelessly with the reader.

Note: iPad 2 will not connect wirelessly with the reader. If you use an iPad 2 + Square Stand, you’ll need to connect the reader to the stand’s USB hardware hub. If all three USB ports on the hub are occupied by other hardware, you’ll need to free up a port to plug in the reader, as Square doesn’t support third-party USB splitters.

Google Android Compatibility & Contactless Reader

The Square contactless and chip card reader is supported on most Android devices with the following:

  • Your Android device must be running Android 5 or higher.
  • An updated version of the Square app: Version 4.70 or higher for Android. Learn how to update your Square app.
  • Built-in Bluetooth Low Energy.

You can check if your specific device is supported here.

We can’t guarantee support with all Android devices at the moment, but we’re working to support as many as possible. If your device isn’t currently on this list, there’s a chance it will be supported in the future.

If you have any problems with your reader, you can return it within 30 days.

You can also view the list of supported devices with the Square magstripe and chip card readers.

If your Device Doesn’t Have a Headphone Jack

The Square contactless and chip reader pairs wirelessly to mobile devices via Bluetooth Low Energy (BLE). There is no need to use a headphone jack adapter with this reader.

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