Magic Jack Compatibility

Magic Jack has been designed to work with the widest possible spectrum of computers. From Mac to all types of Windows PCs, desktop, laptops, notebooks, and even many tablet computers can use Magic Jack. Magic Jack can also work on nearly all high-speed internet connections. We’ll discuss hardware compatibility for the Magic Jack in this article.

Basic Requirements

Magic Jack’s website reports this as the basic system requirements to use Magic Jack.

To use a magicJack, you must have the following:

1. A computer with an available USB port AND

2. Any computer with Windows XP, Windows Vista, Windows 7 or Intel-based Apple MAC operating system; AND

3. One of the following: Broadband, High-Speed Internet, Cable Internet, DSL, WiFi, Wireless, or WiMax; AND

4. Your present corded telephone or cordless telephone system (you can also use a headset or your computer’s microphone and speakers)

So make sure you have each of these bases covered before trying to install your Magic Jack. If so, you’ll likely have your Magic Jack up and running in a matter of minutes.

Here is some additional detail about each of these requirements.

USB Ports

USB stands for Universal Serial Bus. This port was designed to be used for a multitude of different peripherals and accessories, thus the word “Universal” used in the name. Printers, webcams, portable hard drives, flash drives, keyboards, mice and more can be plugged into a USB port. Most computers have between 2 – 8 or more of these ports. For desktop computers there are often a few in both the front and back of the main system tower. For laptop, notebook and netbook computers they are usually on the side and/or on the back.

USB carries both data to and from your peripheral, and also provides a small electric current to power the devices attached to it. Devices attached through the same USB port split this electrical current. For this reason, it’s important to attach the Magic Jack adapter to its own USB port.

Operating Systems (Windows, and OSX)

Magic Jack’s is designed to work with Windows XP, Windows Vista, and even Windows 7. Magic Jack has even been reported to work on many flavors of 64 bit Windows. If you run Windows, you’ll have no problem installing and enjoying Magic Jack.

Magic Jack offers full OSX support for Intel based Macintosh computers. If you don’t know if your Macintosh is Intel based (meaning has a CPU designed by the company Intel) you can visit the “About This Mac” window on your computer. Then, in the Finder, choose “About This Mac” from the Apple menu. Look at the line entitled “Processor” to see which kind of processor is in your Mac. It should either say something like “1.83 GHz Intel Core Duo” or something with the word “PowerPC” in it. If it says “Intel” in that line, then your Mac is “Intel” based.

Internet Connection

Magic Jack works with high-speed internet connections only. What types of connections will work? Here’s a short list from Magic Jack’s website: Broadband, High-Speed Internet, Cable Internet, DSL, WiFi, Wireless, or WiMax

Older, slower internet connections like 56k Dial-Up, Frame relay, Shotgun modem, or ISDN will not work with Magic Jack.


Remember, Magic Jack brings the telephone system right to your computer. You can use any phone with a modular (RJ45, 8P) phone jack. This includes cordless phones, and multi-handset cordless phone systems.  You can also use standard headsets, and headset/mic combos plugged directly into your computer. Some laptops come with mic and speakers built directly in. You can use those as well, but call quality is best with the kind of near-field noise cancelling mic that’s included in a headset or telephone handset.

Remember, Magic Jack has a 100% risk free trial. If you don’t love it, return it for a full refund. Visit Magic Jack’s websiteto take advantage of the 30 day risk free trial being offered to new customers.