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Square Reader for magstripe accepts magstripe payment cards (cards without a chip) on compatible devices.

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To accept chip cards, we have an EMV reader – the Square Reader for contactless and chip. Compare 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 headphone jack or Lightning connector to start accepting payments.

Shipping Timeline for the Magstripe Reader

You should receive your reader within 7-10 business days. Magstripe readers are sent out by DHL to the U.S. Postal Service for local delivery. When you order a Square Reader for magstripe, you’ll get a confirmation email when we’ve received your order, and another email when your reader has 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 you received your order confirmation email, review these common scenarios for delayed hardware orders.

Purchase Additional Magstripe Readers

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

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

Order Stickers

You can order Square payment acceptance 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 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.