Go Wireless with the Square Reader and Your iPhone 7, 8, and X
If you’ve upgraded to an iPhone 7, iPhone 8 or iPhone X — or another phone without a headphone jack — you’re probably wondering if you can keep relying on Square to take credit card payments. (Or if you need to keep an old phone with a headphone jack just to keep processing payments.)
Rest assured, iPhone users can absolutely keep selling with Square. Square sellers have options and we’re here to keep supporting you. Here’s the lowdown on how to continue taking card payments with Square and your iPhone:
Use the contactless and chip reader
Square’s Contactless and Chip Reader connects by Bluetooth LE so you don’t have to worry about not having a headset jack or messing around with adapters.
Many sellers feel that the new reader is much easier to use because you just dip the card instead of swiping. And most customers now carry a card with a chip in it. In fact, 84 percent of cards used in Square hardware currently have chips.
So if you have the new reader, that’s the reader you’ll be using most of the time. This is good news because chip cards and contactless payments are far more secure than magstripe cards.
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What’s more, since the Liability Shift came into effect in October 2015, businesses that swipe chip cards instead of dipping them can be liable for any fraudulent activity. Contactless payments, also known as NFC (near field communication) payments like Apple Pay are the most secure type of payment, and are extremely fast to process. In fact, based on our findings from a recent survey, most consumers who use NFC say it’s their ideal payment method.
Square Reader for contactless and chip costs just $49. A magstripe reader also comes in the box so you can still swipe cards without a chip.
If you sell on the go, our partner OtterBox is offering a new uniVERSE case for iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus. The case lets you attach Square Reader for contactless and chip to the back of your phone. When you’re done selling, just slide the reader off the case and you’ve got a durable case for the rest of your day.
Use the Lightning Adapter for Square Reader
To swipe cards using the free Square Reader for magstripe and your iPhone 7, use the Lightning Adapter for Square Reader. This adapter has a headset jack that plugs into the phone’s charging port to provide a super-stable connection for taking payments wherever you are. The Lighting Adapter will also work if you plan on upgrading to an iPhone 8 or iPhone X.
The new Lightning Adapter for Square Reader costs just $15.
Use your iPhone adapter
You can also take payments using your Square Reader for magstripe and the adapter included with your iPhone 7 or iPhone 7 Plus. Just like Square’s Lightning adapter, the Apple Lightning adapter plugs into the phone’s charging port.
Some sellers have found the connection to be a little unreliable when taking payments with the provided adapter. We recommend using the Square Lightning adapter or Square Reader for contactless and chip so you never worry have to about whether or not you can take a payment.
However you choose to sell — and whether your phone has a headphone jack or not — Square’s got you covered.