Square says device is rooted BUT its not!

Square you need to allow all android devices that are not rooted which mine is not to have access to the contactless chip reader, I cant connect, 2 months old from the OPTUS store, i've checked the rooting of the device and it comes up with no root. 

You need to upgrade the software please because i'm not the only one getting this message out there. 

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Re: Square says device is rooted BUT its not!

Hey there,


Thank you for your message! 


The message that you're seeing saying your device is rooted may be related to Developer Options being enabled on your phone. Apps to check the rooting of a mobile device also need to be uninstalled from your mobile device before you can connect a Square Reader.

If you've already disabled developer options, restart your phone, and have another go. I would also recommend checking your phone's compatibility on our page!


We are always working towards having more Android compatibility, but sometimes a mobile device does not meet all the security requirements to support card processing, and we need to be mindful of our customers' private card information being processed securely.



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I have the same issue. Galaxy Note 8 which is supported. Updated to latest Android software update. My phone is not rooted, and has never been. Have double checked with checker apps. I am able to store Google Pay card details on my phone. I don't have Developer Options switched on (I did but switch it off). I have restarted the phone. I have reinstalled the app. I don't have any kind of rooting apps installed on my phone. 


But it still says my Device is rooted.

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Hey @Drewster,


Can I confirm if this occurred after a Square update or an Android system update?


Where did you purchase the phone from?

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Same here, it was working, now says my phone is rooted.

It is factory stock, never was rooted, nothing has changed, unless maybe some manufacturer updates?

Xiaomi Redmi Note 5


I haven't heard of "root checker" apps, but I can look for one if that is likely to help?


PS (Edit)

I just downloaded "Root Checker" from the Play Store, it says there is no Root Access on my phone.

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Hi @AvilaVista,


Unfortunately Xiaomi devices are not tested as supported by Square.


Whilst you may have been able to use this device previously to process transactions using your Square reader, our mobile security team are constantly refining our software in order to maintain strict security standards on our platform. Unless a device is listed on our website as tested as supported, we can't guarantee it will work on an ongoing basis.


I understand this is frustrating, however we are required to update our software from time to time to ensure it’s secure for our sellers, and your customers.


To view which Android-based devices are compatible with our hardware, please visit our compatibility page to see that Android devices that we can guarantee will work.

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@Seamus Compatibility a real bugger, isn't it?

I bought your device when I had a Galaxy Note 4, did a test transaction using contactless, and it worked. The when my first customer came along, they only had magstripe, and we couldn't get it to work no matter how we tried.

Next customer had a Chip card - but when we went to use it, the device wanted to do a firmware upgrade, so it wouldn't work. Missed that sale!

Samsung phone broke (overheating, very low battery life) but at least it didn't exploded like its successor! I bought the highest recommended phone as a replacement and it is brilliant! Latest Android, very fast,does everything I need and more. Ran a test transaction, all good.

So now another potential customer comes along, and I make sure to charge it up and test it first, make sure it isn't going to try a firmware update and lose my sale.


Well, no chance of that, the stupid thing won't even connect anymore because some developer couldn't follow the rules on detecting if a phone has been rooted. Not that that should matter if they had done their security properly in the device, for goodness sake!


Ok, this piece of technology definitely isn't fit for purpose, who do I talk to for my refund?

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Yeh there are many Is My Device Rooted apps on Google Play to download, thought I suspect they're just gonna tell you what you already know. That your device is not rooted.

I'm an App developer, so I understand the lingo. I think that what the Square App does is actually a few security checks, only one of which is check if the phone is rooted, and then uses a generic message if it fails one of those checks. Some of those things may be folder names, or folder structures, or another app that you may have installed that could make the phone vulnerable,  or anything that might indicate that the phone could have been rooted even if in fact it hasn't been. It may even check for an app that was once installed and has since been uninstalled. But they're just using a generic message, you're phone is rooted.

I've given up. Will just have to process payments manually, until I get a new phone one day.

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It's a Samsung Note 8, purchased from an official Telstra store in Australia. I purchased two devices; Contactless and a Chip reader device. I watched the Square app update itself before the message appeared that Square does not support Rooted Devices.

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Im in the same situation. Samsung S9+  i can't believe they can't fix this issue.

If our devices are NOT rooted and you tell us they are, you are in the wrong not us. wtf am i supposed to do now? buy another phone? this is ridiculous im going to look for a different method of payments. you cost me so much money this week. Goodbye

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