Square Reader for magstripe

Small credit card reader, big possibilities.

Accept credit cards anywhere

Square’s free credit card reader works with the free Square Point of Sale app to let everyone accept swipe payments on their smartphone or tablet.

Fast setup, no commitments

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

Clear pricing, fast transfers

Pay 2.6% + 10¢ per swipe for Visa, Mastercard, Discover, and American Express. Get your money as fast as the next business day.

Works with iOS and Android

With two versions of Square Reader for magstripe—one for a headset jack, the other a Lightning connector—you’re covered. Just pick the credit card reader that works for you.

Get paid any way you like with the Square Point of Sale app.
Take payments at the counter or on the go, remotely through invoices, or by manually entering card numbers.

Run your business anywhere—all in one place.

Square Point of Sale is a free, easy-to-use app that gives you everything you need to manage your business.

  • Get set up fast with no training required
  • Sell smarter with real-time analytics
  • Know what’s in stock with intuitive inventory management

Serious security

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

No charging necessary

Square Reader fits right in your pocket, and with no battery to keep charged, you’re ready to sell and process payments wherever business takes you.

Keep selling, even offline
Let customers pay even when you’re temporarily offline with offline payments² and pay the usual 2.6% + 10¢ per swipe. Additional terms apply.

Learn more about offline payments

Send receipts digitally, or print like usual

Send receipts via email or text message, or connect a receipt printer to a tablet. Your customers can even leave you private feedback directly through their digital receipt.

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

Accept chip cards and Apple Pay, too

With Square Reader for contactless and chip, you connect wirelessly to your device to accept contactless payments like Apple Pay and Google Pay, and chip cards, too.

Square Reader for contactless and chip
(2nd generation) $59

Take payments and print receipts, all in one

Square Terminal is a portable credit card machine that accepts every card payment — tap, dip, and swipe. Take payments, print receipts, get paid fast.

Square Terminal $299



at sign-up for your first card reader¹


for each additional reader

2.6% + 10 cents

per swipe.

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Frequently asked questions

Available at local retailers

Take contactless payments with just your phone — no hardware needed.