Why my Cash App Card won’t activate (Reasons & Solutions)

Is your Cash App card not activating?

Are you having issues in activating your Cash App card?

If that’s the case, you are at the right place. This is the last guide you will require to know why Cash App won’t let you activate your card and what you can do to activate your Cash App card.

So, let’s get started.

If you do not have a Cash App card yet, you would like to have a look at – How to order Cash App Card.

Cash App is a mobile payment service developed by Square, Inc. It allows users to send and receive money to one another using a mobile phone app. The service is available in the US and the UK. As of March 21, 2021, the Cash App has over 36 million active users.

Cash App also offers a debit card to its users known as Cash App card, which is like a traditional debit card that can be used to withdraw cash from ATMs or used to buy items online or offline.


What does enable Cash card mean

Enable Cash Card means giving permission or allowing the Cash App card to work for online or offline transactions.

Cash App provides you with options to enable or disable your Cash App card.

Suppose, if you lost your card, you would like to disable it so that even if somebody has got hands-on your card, they won’t be able to use it as you have disabled it.

Well, later, you found your lost Cash App card, so using the enable options in Cash App, you can again activate the card transactions. So, this is the use or the meaning of the option ‘enable Cash App card’ in Cash App.

However, if you have recently ordered your card, you will have to activate it first, before you can use it.

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Why my Cash App Card won’t activate

There can be multiple reasons why your Cash App card is not activating, such as you have not verified your account, you are not scanning the provided QR code correctly, or even the QR is itself damaged, or there might be some security reasons or the Cash App servers are down.

Below, we have listed all the possible reasons why Cash App won’t let you activate your card.

  • 1. You have not verified your account.

If you haven’t verified your cash app account, or you are under 18 and somehow managed to order a Cash App card. But later, when Cash App finds this, it won’t allow you to activate the card or even use the app itself.

  • 2. You are not scanning the QR code properly.

Another reason could be you are not following the proper steps or doing something wrong that might be hindering activating your card.

Follow the steps detailed below in the guide to activate the Cash App card properly.

  • 3. Damaged QR code

Well, if you are doing everything right to scan the QR code, it might be that the QR code you received itself is damaged or tampered.

The QR code scanners do not recognize the black part and only read the white part of a QR code, so if something scratched the white part, you’d be unable to activate your Cash App card using the QR code option.

In this case, you can use another option to activate the Cash App card without a QR code by following the steps provided below in this guide.

  • 4. Security reasons

There are times when Cash App won’t allow you to activate your card due to several security reasons.

This is quite a common issue or error faced by many users who try to activate their cards.

In this case, you can wait for some time or a few days before you try again to activate the Cash App card.

  • 5. Cash App servers are down.

Nevertheless, Cash servers might be down at the moment you are trying to activate your card, or Cash App is facing an internal issue regarding the activation of the cards.

To check the server status of the Cash App, you can visit the downdetector website.


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What to do when your Cash App card won’t activate (Solutions)

#1 Disable Card and enable it again

The first thing you can try when your card doesn’t activate is to disable it and enable it after some time.

To temporarily disable your Cash card, follow these steps-

  • Tap the Cash Card tab on your Cash App home screen
  • Tap the image of your Cash Card
  • Toggle Enable Cash Card off

Now, waiting for a few hours, follow the same steps to enable the card again and then try to activate the card. It should get activated now.

In the past, several users who experienced issues while activating their card reported using this trick; they were able to activate their Cash App card.

So, why don’t you give it a try? It might work for you.


#2 Try activating Cash App card without QR code

If you’re using the QR code to activate your Cash App card, it might be that the QR code is damaged or your device is having issues while scanning it.

So, you can try activating your without QR code by entering the details of the card manually. For more information, follow the step detailed below in the guide.


#3 Contact Cash App support

Last but not least, if you have tried everything and still cannot activate the card, the last step that remains is to contact Cash App support.

You can contact Cash App support either by email or tag them on their Twitter support page.

Note: Cash App does not provide support over the phone. So, be aware of the scammers and fraudsters.


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Can I activate my cash app card before it arrives

No, you can’t activate your Cash App card before it arrives as there are only two ways to activate the card, one to scan the QR code that comes with the card and the other by entering the Cash details itself. So, you will only be able to activate your Cash App card once you receive it.

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How do I activate my cash app card

To activate your Cash Card using the QR code:

  1. Tap the Cash Card tab on your Cash App home screen
  2. Tap the image of your Cash Card
  3. Tap Activate Cash Card
  4. Tap OK when your Cash App asks for permission to use your camera
  5. Scan the QR code

Activate Cash App card without QR Code:

  1. Tap the Cash Card tab on your Cash App home screen
  2. Tap the image of your Cash Card
  3. Tap Activate Cash Card
  4. Tap Use CVV Instead
  5. Enter the CVV code and expiration date of your new Cash Card

How to activate cash app card without logging in

Unfortunately, there is no way to activate Cash App card without logging in to your account. 

To activate the Cash App card, you will have to scan the QR code that comes with your card or enter the card details like card number, expiry date, CVV number, etc.

And again, to scan the QR code or enter card details, you will need to log in to your Cash App account.

Caution: Cash App doesn’t provide support on the phone, So any website other than the official Cash App’s site provides you with a phone number, it is likely to be fake, and if you call them, the chances are you will get scammed.


Can you activate Cash App card without QR code

Yes, you can activate Cash App card without QR code. To activate Cash App card without QR code, tap on the Cash Card tab, then tap on your Card’s image, then click on Activate, and finally choose the ‘Use CVV instead.’

For a step-by-step guide, follow our dedicated guide: (2021) How to Activate Cash App Card Without QR Code


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