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In this article, you will learn how to troubleshoot some of the most common issues when using card readers with Workiz Pay.

Credit card readers are essential to growing field service businesses looking to modernize their practices, allowing you to offer your customers a convenient way to pay for your top-notch services.

General troubleshooting tips

Before reviewing the specific troubleshooting scenarios below, please ensure you have tried the following:

  • Enabled Bluetooth on your mobile device’s internal settings


    IMPORTANT: While Bluetooth must be enabled on your device’s internal settings, this setup process involves connecting the reader using the Workiz mobile app, not your mobile device’s internal settings.


  • Enabled location permission on your mobile device


    IMPORTANT: In order to process payments securely on iOS devices (e.g., iPhones, iPads), Workiz Pay requires location access to be set to Always Allow and Precise Location.


  • Turned the card reader on and ensured it is charged


    Tip: You can determine the battery life of your card reader by briefly pressing the power button on the side of the device. A full battery is indicated by four green lights on the front of the device.

    If the battery is low, ensure the card reader can carry a charge by charging it using the USB cable provided. A charging device will be indicated by green lights on the front of the device.


  • Placed the card reader near your mobile device

Common troubleshooting scenarios

Here are some of the most common errors, as well as potential solutions:

Card reader automatically shut off

When not in use, the card reader is designed to automatically shut off after five minutes. This is a default setting for the card reader to preserve battery life.

You will likely need to turn the card reader on before every transaction. Failing to turn the device on before a transaction will result in an on-screen error.


Card reader cannot be paired

Ensure the device is powered on. If it is powered on, press and hold the power button to restart the device.

If restarting the card reader does not resolve the issue, try using a paper clip to press the reset button on the top of the card reader.


Card reader does not work with your mobile device

If the card reader cannot be located by your device, ensure you have enabled the Bluetooth settings on your device’s internal settings.

If that does not resolve the issue, please ensure your mobile device’s operating system is supported by this card reader. Supported operating systems are:

  • iOS 6.0 or above

  • Android 5.0 or above


    Note: Some mobile devices using Android 10 or lower may be required to pair the card reader using the mobile device’s internal settings before pairing via the Workiz mobile app.


To learn more about updating your operating system, please select your operating system from the list below:


Card reader does not pair to your iOS device (iPhone, iPad)

It’s possible that a WiFi connection is interfering with your mobile device’s ability to connect to the card reader.

Try turning WiFi off on your iOS device and pairing the card reader. If you are able to pair the card reader to your iOS device with WiFi turned off, try one of the following:

  • Process the payment without a WiFi connection, if possible.

  • Move closer to the WiFi router to reduce potential interference.

  • Separate your router's WiFi networks (5Ghz and 2.4Ghz) and connect to the less crowded network.


Card reader paired to multiple devices

While it is possible to use a single card reader on multiple devices, this scenario may result in an error message.

In order to resolve this issue, unpair the card reader from your mobile device’s internal settings. After it has been unpaired, reconnect the card reader using the setup process from the Workiz mobile app. To learn more about connecting a card reader, please see this article.


Card reader cannot successfully read card (general)

To resolve this issue, please try the following:

  • Restart the card reader by holding the power button to turn it off, and then pressing the power button again to turn it back on.

  • Check the card reader’s battery level. Recharge the battery if too low.

  • Ensure the card reader is within Bluetooth reception range to your mobile device (less than a few feet).


Card reader cannot successfully read card (swiping or inserting)

To resolve this issue, please try the following:

  • Ensure the card reader is paired to your mobile device

  • Ensure the card reader has enough battery.

  • Ensure the card reader’s slots are not obstructed.

  • Ensure the card’s magstripe or chip is facing the right direction when swiping or inserting the card.

  • Ensure your mobile device’s operating system is compatible with the card reader. Supported operating systems are:

    • iOS 6.0 or above

    • Android 5.0 or above

  • Try swiping or inserting the card with a more constant speed.


Card reader cannot successfully read card (tapping)

To resolve this issue, please try the following:

  • Ensure the card supports NFC payment (tap to pay).

  • Place the card within 4 cm of the NFC marking.

  • Remove the card from any wallet or purse to avoid interference when processing the payment.


Card reader is activating Google Pay on your mobile device

This error occurs when your mobile device and the card reader are too close together. To resolve this issue, please move your mobile device away from the reader by just a few inches.


Card reader has no response

If your card reader is unresponsive, please use a paperclip to press the reset button at the top of the device to reset it.


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