Square Magstripe Reader

Small credit card reader, big possibilities.

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Accept credit cards anywhere

The free Square Reader works with the free Square Point of Sale app to allow everyone to take payments on their smartphone or tablet.

Works with iOS and Android

Square Reader plugs into the standard headset jack of your smartphone or tablet. Never miss a sale again.

Serious security

Card information is encrypted at the moment of swipe. Square doesn’t store data on your device after a payment has been processed.

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Clear pricing, fast deposits

Pay 2.75% per swipe for Visa, Mastercard, Discover, and American Express. Swipe $100, see $97.25 in your bank account in one to two business days.


Fast setup, no commitments.

Sign up for Square and we’ll drop your free Square Reader in the mail—no commitments or long-term contracts.

All major credit cards

Process Visa, Mastercard, Discover, and American Express at 2.75% per swipe. Manually enter card information and pay 3.5% + 15¢ per transaction.

No signal, no problem

Swipe payments without a connection in Offline Mode and pay the usual 2.75% per swipe.

Send receipts customers keep.

Send receipts via email or text message, or connect a receipt printer to a tablet. Personalize your signature screen and receipts with a logo and cover photo.

Pro tip: Improve your tips

Customers sign and tip right on the device in one easy, math-free motion—easier for them and better for your business.

Accept Apple Pay at your business.

The Square contactless and chip reader turns your point of sale into a complete payment solution. Whether it’s Apple Pay or a chip card, you can accept any way your customer wants to pay.

  • Accepts NFC payments (like Apple Pay) and chip cards.
  • Connects wirelessly to your compatible iOS or Android devices. Check device compatibility
  • Packs a powerful battery and charges easily with the micro USB port.
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Order your Square Reader for chip cards.

Be ready for the switch to EMV. The Square Reader for chip cards is the most sophisticated and affordable EMV reader on the market.

  • Use with iPhone, iPad, and Android devices.
  • Charge easily with the micro USB port.
  • Switch to EMV without long-term contracts or re-terminalization fees.
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Dip the chip.

The Square Reader for chip cards has two slots—so you can accept whatever card your customer is carrying. Read chip cards with the front slot.

Swipe the stripe.

Swipe traditional magnetic stripe cards with the rear slot. Whichever card they’re using, customers sign and tip right on the device.

Do business anywhere with Square Point of Sale.

Square Point of Sale gives you everything you need in one free point-of-sale app. Free app updates keep you equipped with the latest point-of-sale features.

  • Accept payments—even without a connection.
  • Send receipts via email or text message, or print them out.
  • Collect customer feedback from digital receipts.
  • Print or email sales reports.
  • Adjust taxes, tipping, and discounts.
  • Manage inventory in real time.
  • Accept orders online for pickup in person.
  • Create employee logins.

Learn more about Square Point of Sale

Tech specs

Square Reader plugs into the standard 3.5-mm headset jack of a smartphone or tablet. Square Reader is compatible with most Apple devices running iOS 9.0 or later and Android devices running 4.0 or later.

iPhone running iOS 9.0 or later
iPad and iPad mini running iOS 9.0 or later
iPod touch running iOS 9.0 or later
Smartphones running Android 4.0 or later
Tablets running Android 4.0 or later
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