Make sure to check out our Collect for Stripe Guide before you continue. We also have some frequently asked questions listed below.

Common Questions

Before submitting your question, please check this FAQ to find the answer to any common issues you may have.

"Collect isn't detecting my reader."

Make sure you are allowing microphone access to the Collect app. On your device, go to the main Settings, then find Collect. In your Collect settings, ensure Microphone Access is enabled.

After microphone access is allowed:
  1. Please ensure your card reader is charged using the included micro USB cable. When the reader is plugged in, there is a small window on the side with a light indicating power. If this is not visible or is red, your reader needs charging.
  2. Ensure the reader is fully and firmly plugged in.
  3. Is your media volume or other audio setting maximized?
  4. Try turning off bluetooth, especially if on Android.
  5. Is some other app or background process taking over audio access? If unsure, please restart your device.
"Collect is detecting my reader but not reading cards."
  1. Ensure the chip card is fully dipped chip-first, and that the chip is facing up (toward the Collect logo).
  2. If swiping, make sure the card is facing up (magnetic stripe _away_ from the Collect logo)
  3. Please note that customer creation via physical card is swipe-only.
What about iPhone 7 or higher?

If your device does not have an audio jack, as in the case of newer iPhones, your card reader will work perfectly if you plug it into the audio-to-lightning adapter that shipped with your phone.

I don't have a Stripe account

No problem! You can create an account easily during the Stripe Connect process. Or, just head over to Stripe now to create an account. (It's a quick process).

Will my Shopify Stripe account work with this?

Yes! Any online store that accepts payments via Stripe's backend can become a physical location by simply connecting that Stripe account to Collect. Other examples: Squarespace, BigCommerce, BigCartel, WooCommerce & more.

Please note we do not import data specific to those platforms – only the actual Stripe account itself.

My Stripe account will not connect during sign-in

You must have administrator level access to a Stripe account in order to connect it, or you will get an error. This is Stripe's security policy.

Being sent back to the same screen after logging in to Stripe? Not to worry. If your account has never connected to Collect for Stripe, you will be sent back to what looks like the same screen, but notice the blue button now says "Connect my Stripe Account."

Tap this button to finish connecting to Collect for Stripe. When you see the page with 'DONE' text, you can press the 'Done' button in the bottom of the screen. You're ready to start using Collect for Stripe!

If you've done all this and still have problems, check all passwords and make sure you can sign in to Stripe directly. This will confirm your credentials and account status before connecting through the app. If that doesn't work, send us a message below.

I need to refund or otherwise alter a charge

After charges are complete, they should be managed in your Stripe Dashboard. This includes any disputes, refunds, etc.

I have a problem with my Stripe account

Contact Stripe directly for all issues related to your account, password, information and all else. Collect has no control over your Stripe account, but merely connects on your behalf to create charges (we also do not get your data).

How do fees work?

Collect charges a 1.3% fraction of any charge created within the app. This keeps the app affordable for the smallest of businesses by avoiding monthly fees or minimums. This fee is separate from Stripe's universal 2.9% + $0.30 USD — Every Stripe account pays this, and it is not tied to Collect whatsoever.

We offer discounted rates for high-volume businesses and nonprofits.

Need more help?

If you have questions, comments or suggestions, we want to hear them. Please submit all inquiries using the Help button in the bottom right. ↘

We do not have any control over Stripe transactions, APIs or your Stripe data.