Buy Bitcoins at Bitcoin ATMs

How to buy bitcoins at a bitcoin ATM

You may be also interested in the instructions how to sell bitcoins using ATM.

WARNING: When someone asks or forces you to use a bitcoin ATM — BEWARE OF SCAMS. They might pretend to be from revenue agency, social security agency, utility companies or any other official authority (even falsifying the phone number they call from). Don’t fall for these scams. Read more details.

In order to buy bitcoins using a bitcoin ATM you need to find the closest to you location and understand what kind of machine it is. Asking yourself where is closest bitcoin ATM near me? To find all locations – visit our bitcoin machines map. At the moment there are about 30 different types of bitcoin ATMs with about 20 manufacturers having their units actually installed somewhere. It may be difficult for an average user to understand how to buy bitcoins by using a bitcoin ATM and what are the differences among various ATMs.

Buy Bitcoins Using ATM

In this article we describe a bitcoin purchase process for 6 different mostly installed bitcoin ATMs in the world (they cover about 90% of the market altogether) and two more types, which were popular before and now are rarely used (Skyhook and Robocoin):


There is a general buy process at all bitcoin ATMs:

  • Verification step (optional and may vary substantially depending on machine’s type)
  • Provide bitcoin address for deposit (optionally can be generated and printed/emailed at some ATMs on the fly, but better to have your own with you before using a machine)
  • Insert cash into the ATM
  • Confirm operation (bitcoins sent to your bitcoin address at this moment)

This process may vary from ATM to ATM, and this is what we describe for every of the mentioned above bitcoin ATM types.  It is important to understand that even when machine’s software/hardware support compliance procedures, they are not necessarily activated, as it depends on the operator choice of every particular machine. That is why the same type of machine might have different verifications and limits set up.

Genesis1 bitcoin machine (Genesis Coin)


San-Diego based company Genesis Coin produces three types of ATMs: Genesis1 (two-way), Satoshi1 (one-way) and Satoshi2 (two-way). The process of purchasing bitcoins may have a verification procedure, in this case:

  • Click “Buy Bitcoins”
  • Provide mobile number
  • Enter received validation code
  • Scan fingerprint
  • Select coin (this type of machine may support not only Bitcoin, but also Litecoin, Dogecoin, Blackcoin, XCurrency)
  • Choose to scan wallet (pre-defined) or generate new
  • Scan wallet QR code if chosen
  • Insert cash bills
  • Click send
  • Get printed receipt

The process is demonstrated on the following video:

And here is an example of how a similar machine can be used without verifications (if operator chooses to do so):

  • Click “Buy Bitcoin”
  • Choose coin (e.g. Bitcoin)
  • Choose scan QR
  • Scan QR of the wallet
  • Insert cash bills
  • Press “Finish”
  • Take printed receipt

Here is a short video:

You can read review of a user who purchased bitcoins from a Genesis1 machine at Fantastico Comic Store in Mexico City.

Satoshi1 and Satoshi2 bitcoin ATM models (Genesis Coin)

Satoshi1 is a one-way ATM model from Genesis Coin producer. So you can only buy bitcoins from this machine for cash. Satoshi2 is a very similar looking unit, but it has dispenser slot and allows both buy and sell bitcoin transactions. However, buying bitcoins is identical at both of them.

Satoshi2 Bitcoin ATM

The process flow is identical as the one for Genesis1, we just looked at. But here is an example of how bitcoins can be purchased at this machine:

  • Choose “buy bitcoin”
  • Choose amount you want to buy (usually the higher the amount, the more verifications you need to do. Important! The limits and verification procedures are set by operator and can be different on the same type of machines at different locations, they might even be omitted)
  • Enter phone number using ATM pin pad, get SMS code and enter the received code
  • Then there are several options on the screen how you want to provide address where bitcoins to be sent: choose QR code if you have a wallet already (recommended), you can also generate and print an address by machine, or just input your address manually.
  • Then scan QR code of your address, and input cash bills
  • Click finish when you are ready, and bitcoins will be sent to you immediately
  • At the end you can print the receipt about transaction or get it emailed to you

The process is demonstrated here:

You can also read an independent review a of user using Satoshi1 bitcoin ATM to purchase bitcoins at Marina Smoke Shop in Huntington Beach, CA.



This is the second mostly installed Bitcoin machine in the world after Genesis Coin models (as of February 2017). Lamassu Bitcoin ATMs are installed in many countries worldwide.

The process of purchasing bitcoins is very simple:

  • Press “Start”
  • Scan QR code of your pre-defined Bitcoin address
  • Put cash into the machine
  • Press “Send”

Important!  There is no paper wallet printer at this machine, so you need to have a Bitcoin wallet / address before using it (either on your phone, or printed on paper).

The machine doesn’t have a camera and normally there are no verification procedures in place. However, as it operates based on open source code software, some operators adjusted the flow and introduced verifications, e.g. phone number check by SMS (you need to find out what is the process at your location).

The process takes 15 seconds and is demonstrated in the following video:

Read a review of a user experience of buying bitcoins at one of Lamassu bitcoin ATMs.

General Bytes BATMTwo

General Bytes
General Bytes

General Bytes ATM may be set up to provide services to:

  • anonymous users
  • anonymous users + finger print scan
  • registered users

Depending on how the operator sets up the machine the process is different.

Also this Bitcoin ATM does not have a receipt printer, but additionally to the option of using existing wallet the user can define email, where the encrypted private keys of a newly generated address will be sent with further instructions how to use it. The process of buying bitcoins using your email is the following:

  • Choose language
  • Click “Buy Bitcoins”
  • Define the amount interval you want to buy (depending on this verification procedures may vary)
  • Choose receive by email
  • Save password which will be used to encrypt sent file
  • Insert cash bills
  • Click “Buy Bitcoins”
  • Click “Done”

The process is demonstrated in the following video:

Here is a short video of purchasing bitcoins with this ATM using standard way (existing wallet):

General Bytes BATMThree

BATMThree bitcoin machine

This is a new model introduced by General Bytes in the beginning of 2015. The main difference is that this machine supports two-way operations: buying and selling of bitcoins for cash. More details about this model can be found here.

The process of buying bitcoins at this machine is quite similar to the one at BATMTwo, but the UI is different. Here are the steps:

  • You click “Buy bitcoins” on the screen
  • Define the interval in which the amount you want to buy falls
  • If you have a wallet already – then scan it, otherwise you can print a brand new paper wallet, which you can scan
  • Insert cash bills and information will update on the screen
  • Click Buy bitcoins and the equivalent in BTC will be sent to scanned address.

Depending on the operator and thresholds set, you can be asked to confirm mobile number by SMS, give finger print or scan your ID.

The following video demonstrates the basic purchase bitcoins process at this machine:



BitAccess machine is quite spread on the market according to the number of installations. It is well represented in Canada, US and European countries.

The process of buying bitcoins using this ATM is the following:

  • Choose language
  • Press “Start”
  • Enter mobile number
  • Receive the validation code and enter it
  • Select “Buy Bitcoins”
  • Choose whether you already have a Bitcoin wallet (yes – scan it later, no – generate and print new one)
  • Scan QR code
  • Insert cash bills
  • Click “I’m done”
  • Bitcoins are sent and you receive confirmation SMS
  • Optionally you can print a receipt as well

The process is demonstrated on this video:



This was the most compact and cheap bitcoin ATM on the market. However, presumably due to low price, the company could not survive long term and abandoned market in beginning of 2015 by practically eliminating any support and delaying deliveries. As a result number of these machines on the market reduced dramatically. There are still some in the wild, but not many. Due to hardware and software issues, these machines are difficult to operate, and they are removed from locations.

The process of buying bitcoins via this machine is pretty similar to the one above for Lamassu:

  • Touch screen to begin
  • Scan QR of your bitcoin wallet
  • Verify that the address is correct
  • Insert cash bills
  • Click “Buy bitcoins”
  • Enter email address where receipt will be sent or click “Done” to finish

As there is no printer in this machine, you need to have a bitcoin address beforehand. The process of buying bitcoins using Skyhook bitcoin ATM is illustrated in this video:



UPD: The company producing these bitcoin machines has closed and now there are several machines left installed at various locations, but due to lack of software support they were required to switch to another software. Many operators have used software from General Bytes named Robocoin-kit, which means that although the hardware and how machine looks stays the same, the process of purchasing bitcoins has changed totally and now is identical to the one of a two-way General Bytes model.

This is how the old process of buying bitcoins at Robocoin kiosk looked before:

This was a controversy bitcoin machine in the Bitcoin community as it had quite advanced verification procedures, about which users usually complained on different forums. Machine supported verification procedures including the palm vein scan, but not necessarily it was activated by operators.

The process of buying bitcoins at this ATM was split into two main steps: very first visit (account registration process is more complicated) and all the rest purchases (account is already created, the process is simpler and faster).

If you had not used the machine before, during the first visit you needed to create account with Robocoin. Since November 2014 Robocoin made a mandatory update of all operators’ kiosks. After this, if you used a Robocoin software – you needed to use a Robocoin wallet (aka version 2.0). For creating one the following steps were needed to be completed:

  • Click “Get started”
  • Enter mobile (also will be your account)
  • Confirm mobile by entering the received verification code
  • Create and provide PIN code (enter twice to verify)
  • Scan government issued ID or passport (by entering it into slot or scanning with a camera)
  • Take a picture of yourself

After this the kiosk confirmed provided data and your account was created.

Here is a short video demonstrating registration process:

Since this moment on, the account with Robocoin was already created and all the transactions were faster, namely for buying bitcoins you needed:

  • Enter phone number
  • Enter secret PIN code
  • Scan palm vein (1 time)
  • Scan QR code for your Bitcoin wallet or generate new one (printed by machine)
  • Get wallet private key printed (in case generated by machine)
  • Input cash bills
  • Click “Finish”
  • Take receipt
  • Get SMS with notification about transaction

The process is illustrated in the following videos:


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190 thoughts on “How to buy bitcoins at a bitcoin ATM

    1. Yes, bitcoin ATMs normally have limits. Also usually limits depend on verifications, e.g. anonymous customers get lowest limit, the ones who’s verified by SMS get bigger limit, the ones identified by ID get bigger limit etc.

      Limits and verification procedures vary a lot from operator to operator, you can find information about limits and verifications on every listing page, where it is known.

      1. Please advise if you know where I can request for a Bitcoin ATM to be installed. We have no bitcoin ATMs in South Africa. We also need a bitcoin ATM here in South Africa

          1. I’m interested in buying bitcoins ,but not using a machine.I would like to talk someone that’s not a scam

          2. Hi Oliver, you can contact the operator of the ATM, usually they also provide OTC services. Means you can come and buy bitcoins in person instead of using the ATM.

        1. No country in Africa can have a bitcoin ATM until the ones in the United State are outdated and need to be disposed that’s when African country get the used ones then it can be installed and Africans can use

        2. Please what bitcoin wallet has the lowest transaction chargers from bitcoin ATM to bitcoin wallet, please I need a right answer now

      2. I want to purchase bitcoin from the ATM for my son ,he’s studying abroad , can I have a customer assistance at the ATM spot that can guild me through ,I’m in Sacramento California

  1. What can I do if I bought bitcoin by B ATM machine by e-mail and I didn’t get any e-mail back?

  2. Everytime I try to punch in my btc number or someone else btc number to send money it won’t let me press enter

    1. Hi Kenneth, not sure which machine you used as there are about 800 currently in the world. However, the best will be to approach bitcoin ATM operator of the machine you used so they can solve it for you. Usually you can find this info on the listing of ATM on our site.

  3. Hi, I have begun the selling process at a Bitaccess ATM several days ago but i didn’t receive any SMS after having sent the Bitcoins to the machine’s BTC address. The ATM owner told me that I had to receive a SMS after the BTC transaction confirmation to let me take my cash out, but I didn’t receive any SMS! I left the store because I thought I would receive the SMS later but it was 3 days ago!! If I come back to the Bitaccess ATM machine and I tap on Selling button, and then if I enter my phone number, it should propose me to “use a withdraw code” according to the ATM owner, isn’t it? Is this a way to receive the SMS again during this step? or is it lost?

    1. Hi Pat,

      Looks to be some issue during the process. Don’t worry as you posses the phone number which was used during transaction, those bitcoins you sent should be associated with you, so funds are not lost. Operator needs to resolve it. I sent email with details to you, please respond, so I can help you further here.

      EDIT: Your email bounced back, if you need assistance to resolve this – please contact at [email protected]

    1. Hi Nikky,

      Some machines do support such big transactions some don’t. You need to check particular locations around. You can find nearest bitcoins ATMs here.

      Regarding verifications – this also changes from operator to operator, but generally for that big amount you probably will need to have high level of verifications done prior to transaction (e.g. phone verification by SMS + ID scan verification). But again that depends on location you want to use, so please check in advance.

  4. Hi, thanks for the post–very helpful. Does anyone know if you can put in multiple bills into a General Bytes BATMTwo (aka a stack of bills vs one at a time)?

    1. Hi Remmy,

      Thanks for your question. As far as I know there is such a solution for Genesis Coin machines (bulk note acceptor), however, never heard General Bytes used them.

      BATMTwo highly likely doesn’t have this option, as it is a compact machine, however, there might be something for BATMThree, as it uses more advanced hardware. I will ask company representative to leave a comment here.

    2. Hi Remmy,
      I’m Karel Kyovsky from GENERAL BYTES. Our machines don’t support “stack of bills” insertion. You can only insert banknotes one by one and then press button “buy bitcoins”.
      Bulk insertion mechanism would impose significant price increase in machine price and to be honest most of the end customers would struggle with how to use it.
      So to keep things simple and cheep we decided not to include it.

  5. Hello if I am purchasing from genesis1 atm and its by Coinsource, do I need to use Coinsource wallet to store the bitcoin I will be purchasing or does the atm accept any wallet of my choice?

  6. I entered my phone number but the machine (I think it was genesis1) says it’s been identified as a VoIP number even though this is a regular phone number, and it told me to use an ID for identity verification. I have nothing against that but i should know that my phone number isn’t an VoIP. What should I do?

  7. Can you use a Bitcoin ATM if you set up your wallet on a PC or do you have to have the wallet set up on your phone to scan? I want to set the wallet up on the PC.

    1. Yes, surely you can use any wallet, even the one you set up on computer. You need to have a QR code with you, but that doesn’t mean you have to bring computer and try to scan from the screen. You can print a QR code of your PC wallet and bring this code on paper, from where you can scan it. To get the QR code for printig — easiest way to search for your address on – QR code will be displayed there.

  8. I thought bit coin was the solution to to high transaction fees and this is not even mentioned in this blog but from what i see are fees of up to 11 and 8 on average percent to buy bits

    1. 8-11% you mentioned are not “transaction fees”, they are fees charged by operators for converting fiat <-> cryptocurrency, who run this business for profit. Using online exchanges is cheaper if you are looking to reduce the costs of purchasing bitcoins, however, it is more lengthy process and potentially might require more identification. Bitcoin ATMs are quick and easy, especially for small amounts.

  9. if i own 2 or 3 atm’s when i get the cash is there any way to transfer money or deposit money to exchange without having to deal with a bank??

    1. Well, if exchanges require you to deposit via bank wire transfer, then there is no way to do this, unless regularly.
      However, if you could find a constant source of bitcoins for cash, e.g. local miner who’d be glad to cash out periodically and your volumes match – then this is one of the options.

  10. I have no idea how to use, but want to learn. Can I buy bitcoins online? what is the minimum amount of USD to purchase bitcoins?… many bitcoins do i get for 1USD? Ive created a wallet, so what do i do next?

    1. Hi Melissa,

      You definitely can buy online. There are many exchanges, you need to register, and then deposit via bank wire or other support method. The advantage here will be lower fees. However, if you have already a wallet with address, and the amount is not that large (so fees difference might be not substantial) you can use any of bitcoins ATMs or other locaitons listed on the site to buy bitcoins for cash.

  11. Hi, i want to buy bitcoin in chicago area, but when i try ,they want my ID verification. But im not US citizen so i dont have one. So maybe someone knows atm without ID verification. Thanks you for your help

    1. I am also not a US citizen and now have been to 2 ATM’s that according to the listings do not require an ID. However when I try to use the ATM it still asks for an ID 🙁 Is there something I’m doing wrong?

      1. Hi Sarel,

        I would recommend to contact operators of those machines for details. Sometimes there are different rules for different amounts, e.g. if you purchase below $1K ID is not required, but if more than some threshold — then ID is required. So it depends on what you chose on the screen.
        If information on our site is wrong as you say it states there is no ID required, but it was required in your case, you can report it via feedback or send us a message, so we can adjust information on the site. Thanks!

  12. I’ve created a wallet on my PC, have generated a QR code from it, but am stumped about how to transfer that QR code from my laptop screen, to my phone, and then finally to the Lamassu ATM. Please advise on most reliable, secure and user-friendly way to complete this last part.

    1. Hello Karen. I simply stored my QR code as a picture on my phone so that I could pull it up to use it when at a Bitcoin ATM machine.

  13. Thank you very much. Very helpful information. I am a beginner and learned a lot.

  14. Hi! I want to use bitcoins. Can you guys help me how to start using bitcoins? Step by step please. Do I need to register or download an app or whatever? Please. Thank you!

    1. Easiest way:
      1) Install bitcoin app on your mobile – Mycelium on Android, or Breadwallet on iOS (be sure to download the right trusted ones)
      2) Buy bitcoins at any of ATMs
      3) Hold as investment, or pay from your wallet for goods and services.

  15. It seems most machines have a transaction limit (buy and sell).

    Does the total apply as a per day total for ATMs, in general?
    For example,
    9am US$1,000 purchase
    10am US $1,000 purchase
    11am US$1,000 purchase
    Until I run out of cash.

    I’ll be briefly visiting the U.S. from overseas, and would like to purchase about US$10,000 worth of bit coin anonymously…no SMS, no ID scan, no fingerprint, or texted access code, etc…

    I use a Ledger Nano hardware wallet, so will print the receiving address’s QR code and scan it at the ATM.

    If anyone has any feedback that would be appreciated.

    Thank you.
    The forum has been a good learning resource.

    1. Every operator has own rules and limits, so you need to check locations, which be close to your planned stay separately.
      If you want to have fully anonymous purchase – you need to search extra, as in US most top tier operators usually ask for SMS confirmation starting from the smallest purchase amount.

      You probably want to look for small operators (especially check Lamassu machines), those might have some relaxed conditions. But purchases without identification usually also limited to about $500, so you would need to do many trades to get full $10K amount.

      Your plan with Ledger and printed QR will work totally fine. Just advise you to check balance afterwards, as sometimes there are issues with delivery, e.g. because of bitcoin network congestion. So you better have some time to handle with operator just in case.

  16. Is there anyway to remain anonymous whilst purchasing bitcoins with cash at ATMS in Australia? On transactions up to $10,000 at a time?

  17. Hello. Could you, please describe steps I need to do. I am buying trezor right now and would like start buying bitcoins on it. Also I do have Coinbase online application installed on my iPhone. My limit is 5.000$ per week from bank checking account. What is the best way to start buying and storing bitcoins on long term. I do not need Bitcoin ATM, right? Since interest rate is higher through ATM? What is the best way for me to buy them? Could you, please, provide steps for me.

    Buy through Coinbase and transfer them right after purchase to Trezor? How I can do it? Create address on Trezor? Print address with gallogram, scan it from computer screen using IPhone?

    Thank you a lot for you professional answers!!!

    1. > Buy through Coinbase and transfer them right after purchase to Trezor?


      In your case:
      1. You will buy bitcoins via Coinbase app.
      2. You launch Trezor and will have wallet, so you can open it on your PC, for example.
      3. Withdraw bitcoins from Coinbase wallet to your own (Trezor), which you control. I think Coinbase app will provide you a way to scan destination address, which you can scan directly from computer screen (incoming Trezor wallet address), so no need to print anything with or without hologram, whatever it means.

  18. With BitAccess ATMs can I pay bitcoins using a credit card? What would be a good reason to buy bitcoins at an ATM instead of an online exchange.

    1. Usually phone is required for SMS verification at ATMs. But it depends on checks operator set ups. There are some machine, which don’t require this.
      So yes, possible, but you need to find proper location.

  19. With all the strife in the world today and a war starts and a nutcase drops a neuc EMP Bomb in the atmosphere above and wipes out all electrical components and computers, how is digital currency protected?

    Has anything been put in place?

    1. The same would affect banks

      And if you think they have backups, let me tell you that Bitcoin Network has 100 times more backups than all the national banks together.

  20. Hi if I buy a Bitcoin ATM how do I buy the Bitcoin do I have to set up an account with someone like kraken.Com take the cash and wire it to them or can the ATM be directly hooked up to a Bitcoin exchange where I can purchase it with US dollars automatically from the machine? Do some Bitcoin ATMs come with a direct hook up to an exchange? I live in Hawaii and I believe and Bittrex are the only exchanges as a resident of Hawaii I can open up an account at.

  21. I purchased Bitcoin at an ATM and got the approval receipt, however it has not showed up in my coinbase account yet. How long should it take to show up? I called atm provider and they said it was sent on their end.

    1. Go to and check your address. If operator says they sent it — you should probably see as unconfirmed.
      Your wallet highly likely expects to receive at least 1 confirmation, that is why not displaying it. Currently Bitcoin network is not congested, so you should receive it pretty quickly (probably by the time I write this).

      However, if there is no unconfirmed transaction — please contact operator for further details.

    1. This varies from countries on average, and also withing countries it depends on each separate operator, as they independently from each other set it up.
      You can find average market fees here:
      Average buy 8.5%, average sell 6.5%
      However, keep in mind that operators with high fees usually don’t report fees, so these figures might be biased and actual rates are higher on average.

  22. Bonjour est ce quelqu’un sait quelles types de machines BTC il y a s a Genève je suis tout proche et compte mis rendre bientôt pour acheter BTC !!??

    1. Hi Bill, you can use any device. As you need to scan it at machine — it might be a little inconvenient to scan it from tablet, but this depends on type of machine you want to use.
      You can also even print your QR code of address on paper and scan it from there, in this way you don’t need neither mobile, nor tablet.

  23. I did 4 transactions through the atm, and it only did 3 transactions and I cannot find the 4th one on Blockchain, the other 3 appeared on Blockchain when i put the distance code, 4th doesn’t appear at all, and it have been 24 hours since I bought the bitcoin, what can i do now ?!

    1. Please contact operator, who is running a machine you used.
      You usually can find contact details on the listing page in “Operator” section.
      Please contact us directly later on if operator didn’t help you and provide all details for this case.

    1. Exchange rates of some machines are listed on out site, you normally should also see current exchange rate of ATM at screen before doing the transaction.
      It is advisable to compare price to market exchanges, e.g Bitstamp, Coinbase etc, so you can calculate the fees above the market price, which are charged by operator of machine.

  24. Hi, we deposited some money into the BTC ATM at the Dogs Bollix in Auckland NZ over 24 hours ago and nothing has appeared in our BTC wallet yet. How long does it usually take? We have no confirmation of the deposit – printed or texted or emailed – so essentially no proof that we put money on the machine!

  25. I just made my first bitcoin purchase at a local Bitcoin ATM here in South Orange County, CA, by a company called “blockchainBTM, LLC”.
    I successfully completed the transaction, by printing a new wallet, inserting $300 cash, pressed the button to complete the purchase and printed a receipt. As I’m walking to the car, I notice the Exchange Rate on the receipt says $18,163.76!! I I know they need to markup the rate to cover their fees, but whoa…. the price was in the 14,000’s when I left the house! So I looked up the current price on two popular exchanges, Coinbase and Coinranking, which within two minutes of the transaction, showed $14,519.03 and $14,178.72 respectively. That’s about a 20-22% fee!! Isn’t that outrageous? Is that normal?? Your website states the average buy ATM fee as 10.9% ( … if that’s the truth, then I guess I got charged the very top of the range and feel totally jipped! From the research I had done in the past week, I thought it would be anywhere from 5-10%, and ended up being nowhere near that.
    Q: Anyway, I plan on contacting the company, but wanted to ask you how do they go about calculating the exchange rate for the ATM transactions on a given day? Do they use an average trading price for the day, or is it supposed to be the current trading price at the time of the ATM transaction? I don’t recall seeing anything posted about fees when I went through the transaction and their website doesn’t state it either. Thanks.

    1. Hi, the link you mentioned shows average fee wordldwide for those operators who report prcining / fees.
      I would say USA market has higher margin in general, plus operators who have large fees normally don’t report prices making this figure biased.
      From experience 15-20% are met quite often.

      Regarding your question — each operator sets its own fees. Normally the price should be displayed on the screen before purchase, but for calculating fees you need to compare to market, like Coinbase etc.

  26. Let me ask you some questions.
    1. How much of a bit coin is available using the yen?
    2. Can I purchase foreigners who are not Japanese?
    3. Are there any non- AMTA purchase methods in Japan?

    1. Hello

      1. Limits and availability can be checked per machine / operator. Here is a list of known bitcoin ATM installations in Japan.
      2. Normally purchase is not constraint to residence, so as a foreigner you could purchase bitcoins as well. In some countries e.g. you need to verify with local mobile phone by SMS, in this case usage is limited to local phone holders. But this needs to be checked with operators.
      3. On the site we have listed one Teller location in Fukuoka. I assume there are many more, you need to search and preferrably on local pages (on Japanese). There are also online exchange to buy bitcoins.

  27. Do you have to store bitcoin bought from atm into a wallet. Can you just not keep the paper safe somewhere. I mean not even in a paper wallet.
    Just store the paper properly. Will it still be valid.

    1. Hello, bitcoins are not existing on paper. This is a digital currency/asset. So it is a bit misleading when you say “paper, not even paper wallet”.
      You can store private keys for accessing your bitcoins on paper, but this is called exactly a paper wallet. Which you definitely can store in a safe to make it more secure.
      Yes, in this case access to bitcoins will be valid and you could use them later on. Be aware that storing in a safe doesn’t prevent you from all the cases, e.g. against burglar or fire.

    1. For Bitcoin:
      If you want to have a mobile wallet — Mycelium for Android, Bread wallet for iOS.
      If desktop — Electrum (preferably in combination with hardware wallet, e.g. Ledger Nano S).

      For Bitcoin Cash:
      On mobile — wallet, choose Bitcoin Cash as cryptocurrency.
      On desktop — Electron Cash (preferably in combination with hardware wallet, e.g. Ledger Nano S).

      For more details:

  28. I want to know how bitcoin actual value is calculate on ATM machine. Ex. actual price is $8.000 on the market at this day/time, when i buy BTC on ATM, whick price was used to calculate how many bitcoin i got for my money?

    1. Hi Daniel, operators charge a fee on top of spot market price. E.g. as you say market price is $8K and for example operator charges 10% fee, so the price available for you at ATM will be $8800.
      Now assume you buy BTC for $1000, you deposit money and get 1000/8800 = 0.11363636 BTC.
      Some operators usually charge fixed fee per tranasction e.g. $5. In this case you will receive (1000-5)/8800 in BTC.
      Fees and types of fees are defined by each operator individually. Some may charge 5%, some may charge 20%. Some may charges fixed fees, others might not. It depends on many factors, e.g. geographical position (country, state), regulatory aspects as they influence the costs of operators a lot, so you need to check price / fees in each particular case.
      Hope it helps to better understand how it works.

  29. salve ho un attivita commerciale a bologna , e vorrei che i clienti potessero acquistare nel mio locale in bitcoin – come posso fare ??

    1. Hi Alesh, I would expect it is highly unlikely that you can do that size transaction at ATM.
      The reasons are:
      – operators set limits to comply with law
      – hardly any machine will hold that amount in cash inside as operators keep those in reasonable amounts in case of robbery

      However, having said this, you can contact operators as many do OTC trades, and then $50K is definitely something they can cover. I suggest you to look for ATMs around your place (I don’t know where you are located so can’t give advice) and then check operators of those locations, and then contact those operators with your question.

  30. Hi, i always buy btc from lamassu atms in the following manner: lamassu atm—> scan qr code for offline “” address—->sweep private key to electrum wallet, and the transactions have always appeared on the blockchain immediately. Today i decided to skip the middle step and directly scan the qr code for one of my electrum addresses to the lamassu machine. its been almost 12 hours and theres nothing on the blockchain yet. luckily i took a photo of the onscreen qrcode/receipt at the end of my deposit. Should i be worried? Did i lose my money? What can i do?

    1. Hi Tony,

      I would not expect it to be anyhow connected to the changed process, as it is absolutely indifferent for machine which address you used. Did you use the same machine/operator as before?
      In any case, please contact operator of machine you used if it is still not resolved, they should be able to help you further.
      If any issues or need help — please feel free to contact us as well.

      1. yes i have used the same machine several times prior. it has been over a week and still nothing on the blockchain. should i contact lamassu or the business where the lamassu atm is located?

        1. After a week it is for sure something’s wrong. You need to contact neither Lamassu, nor business, where ATM is located. You need to contact operator of machine you used.
          Normally contacts are present at location, e.g. sticker on ATM. You can also most likely find contacts on our site, just visit listing of machine you used and check “Operator details” section.
          Please contact us if you need further assistance.

  31. Hi,
    How long does it typically take for purchased Bitcoin’s from a Bitcoin ATM to show up in your Bitpay wallet? I purchased some Biocoin from an ATM in Maryland about two hours ago but it still doesn’t show up in my Bitpay wallet.


    1. Hi Rich, it depends on operator and their way of handling.
      If operator batches transactions for several customers it may take some time, but usually bitcoins are sent within 30 minutes interval, unless the network is congested and bitcoins could be sent already, but due to no confirmation are not displayed in your wallet.
      I highly recommend to contact operator for details on your transaction if you have not yet received it.

      Please contact us if you need any further assistance.

  32. Please can some one help me out in getting bitcoin for at San Marcos CA area?
    Maybe a contact number of an agent selling bitcoin.

  33. Please can my friend buy a bitcoin through bitcoin ATM for me to my luno account ?

    1. We don’t know what luno is. Your friend can buy bitcoins for you if it is not against the rules of operator who runs machine. Please contact particular operator for details.

  34. I bought $700 worth of bitcoin from coinworks on a general bytes machine. It’s been 10 hours and I still don’t even see a pending transaction in my binance account. The tx id they gave me is only 6 characters so I can’t find it on the blockchain to track progress. Also they are only sending .072 btc but for $700 I should be getting .086 bitcoin at least. Current price at time of purchase was 8130 according to binance. And support is not helpful at all. Do you think I’m being ripped off?

    1. You need to contact Coinworks support to find out details and get help on this. As you await to see it in Binance, probably you also need to contact Binance as problem could be on receiving side, not on sender (ATM operator) side. The difference in amount you expect and was sent is fees taken by operator for transaction and highly likely that was visible before transaction initiation. Those are usually 10-15% of amount for ATMs in the U.S.

  35. Hi, can I buy bitcoins at the btc machine punching the bitcoin address manually ? I need to know if that’s possible please.

    1. This is possible, but not at all models. This is highly not recommended to do, as will be a waste of time and prone to errors (likely errors will be caught by machine).
      Addresses are case-sensitive (at least old format) and pretty long to enter. Much easier is to print a QR code on paper or copy image to your mobile, and just use it at machine to scan QR code.

  36. Hello My name is Joe and I own 2 hearing aid company in AZ . I have been interested in buying or hosting bitcoin Atm for a bout a year without much luck getting a follow up . I know the drill that you want 24-7 locations but Iam a business owner for 18 years and just my clients who buy 7000$ hearing aids from me would be a way for me to train them into using bitcoin. My clients are retired and would never figure this out but show them how excited Iam about it and they always ask how to get involved.

  37. Can just buy Bitcoin from a BTM using a QR code from a Blockchain I didn’t open in USA, I mean the block chain account was not opened in USA, will it not affect the receiving end?

  38. Hi today i poot money to bitcoin mashine and thay steel dont come to my wallet and recept dont give too, how can i take money back? my wallet is: 1KLYkbbzeFc7oTWrzSqmwfnjG2VsdFS1vf

  39. Please help. I tried to buy coins from the coinworks atm machine and have it sent to my email.but when I paid it said over the limit. So I cancelled it and did a new transaction but this time having it sent to my phone number. I went to blockchain to import the address that was sent to my number and was successful. But the balance is nonspendable. So what do I do? I tried contacting in every way to their support but no response. And their site has no instructions at all. How do i add my coins in my imported wallet to my main wallet so i can use it? There was nothing else sent to my phone but that reciept which showed that it was sent and my phone number after the address. Please help

    1. Hi Gina, unfortunately, we are of no help here, as you conduct transaction with operator directly.
      Please try to reach out to them again to get it resolved. They have both email and phone support contact details provided on our website.

  40. Please, can Bitcoin be bought at the ATM with a bank debit card.

    If Yes, how long does it take for the Bitcoin to arrive in my wallet?

  41. Please it’s urgent, can I make use of my credit card on the bitcoin ATM instead of cash ???
    Please really

    1. 1) You can’d use credit cards, only cash is supported
      2) as you say it is “urgent”, you might be a victim of a scam. If someone asks you to deposit money to bitcoin ATM and to send to their address because “reasons” (you owe taxes, they have your SSN, you miss a good deal to buy a car etc) — this is highly likely scam, and once you send funds, money will be lost.

  42. Hi, a friend of mine bought bitcoin from bitnational atm without scanning my barcode and she chose to generate one. How will she get access to that wallet and send the bitcoin to my wallet ?

  43. My friend send $6,610 to my friend wallet and my friend told me that the bitcoin ATM charged $1010 to send the money to his wallet kindly explain how true this could be?

    1. If you scan drivers licence, operator of ATM will be able to see it.
      Once you buy bitcoins at ATM and send it to someone else, the receiving party will not be able to see your drivers licence details.

  44. I’ve seen some ATM’s that listed the amount of bitcoin one could send per single transaction and the highest is $10,000. Does this literally mean that the maximum amount a person can buy per day is $10,000? Here is a good sample, can I buy a bitcoin worth of $15,000 – $20,000 in a day without destroying the account.

    1. Hi Josh, each operator sets up their own limits. Usually with higher level of verification higher amounts per day are available. Please contact operator of ATM you want to use for further details.

    1. Hi Vika, each operator set own limits of operations, please contact operator of ATM you plan to use for details.
      If operator shares this information publicly, you can also find it on our website (check particular ATM listing for details).

  45. Please where can i find bitcoin atm around pinellas Florida and can i make payments of 400.00 without needing of verification?

  46. Honestly you’ve been doing a great job.. I went through all your replies and I was wowed… I have 3 questions and I would be very very happy if you can carefully explain to me.
    1. Assuming I want to buy 10, 000$ bitcoin, and the machine limit is 3000$, after completing the 3000$, can I still initiate another transaction till I get up to 10,000$ ? Or do you think I should use different atm to make up the 10,0000$
    2. Assuming I have denominations of 100$, would I have to be putting it one buy one till it reach the amount I want to send? And what if I have 500$ denominations??
    3. I will be receiving my btc to my blockchain wallet, how long would it take before it reflects ?

    1. 1. I assume you would need to get verified to another tier, to buy over $3000. For all details, please contact operator of the ATM you want to use.
      2. Yes, you need to deposit many bills. In order to check, whether machine accepts $500 — please contact operator of your choice.
      3. After you deposit money, operator will need to send transaction, they can delay in case of extra checks are done. And after they send, transaction needs to be included in a block, depending on miner fees operator sets that might take some time. Then you will see funds in your wallet.

  47. Can any of this Bitcoin atm accept debit card payment? Like pay for the Bitcoin using your debit card instead of cash?

  48. Hola…queria preguntar…
    Donde esta el cajero mas cercano a Pontevedra España? He vistado el mas cercano en A Coruña y no estaba…tienen su mapa no actualizado.. Me han informado que el mas cercano esta ahora en Salamanca en el cc. Tormes. Que maquina es? Su compra de btc minima y maxima?. Necesito telefono movil para la compra de btc…o simplemente llevar dinero y la adress?
    Gracias de antemano

  49. Hello i bought 800 CAD and got everything right on the receipt but it has not reflect in my wallet yet.. Its almost 24hrs. What should i do?

  50. i had to recently use an athena bitcoin atm machine to send legitimate money to someone. they had to use my ID to confirm my identity, and I was uncomfortable throughout the whole process. is there a way I can have my information removed from the system so I am not traced to the transaction incase it wasn’t legitimate?

  51. Hello i went to the Bitcoin ATM machine to buy Bitcoin, when it got to the option of register or continue without registration, i clicked register and i registered. i bought 2500 usd worth of Bitcoin with my correct wallet address in the Bitcoin ATM machine. but it has not reflect in my wallet yet. What should i do?

  52. I entered my phone number on the bitcoin ATM Machine and it asked for a secret pin
    I don’t understand how to get the secret pin
    Can you please explain to me

  53. Hi please I have a problem and need your help ASAP. I purchased a bitcoin of 480€ and it came as 380$ in dollars in my bitcoin wallet balance. I thought because it was sent with euros in the atm machine that the balance will be higher in dollars in my bitcoin wallet balance? please I need your answer it happened to me twice same with when I purchased a bitcoin of 700€. Please what is the cause?

    1. Hi Emmanuel, highly likely the difference is charged by the operator of the ATM as fees (this is how they make profit). When you start the transaction on the ATMs screen you can see the price at which you will buy or sell, and normally this price is different from the market price, the difference is fees.

  54. Hi I live in Belleville, ON and there is a HODL atm machine near me. Can you please teach me how to buy bitcoin using this ATM Machine? It looks different. Thanks

    1. HODL ATM operates Genesis Coin Satoshi machines, they are described in the post.
      In general the process is very similar and should be self-explanatory. If you have any difficulties following through it, please contact the ATM operator and they will assist you.

  55. Can someone please help me out here,I bought BTC of worth $3000,on my paper wallet and but my balance is showing 0 when i try to transfer to main wallet. Yes ,i have contacted the ATM operatives who says he he only houses the ATM and can not do nothing about it. i also made contact with the help center its been over 48hrs now and all i keep hearing is they would give the inquiry # to staff member for investigation..and I will be contacted.

    1. The first thing you need to identify is where the problem is, for this you can check the address you used at the ATM on any public blockexplorer, e.g.
      If the funds were sent to this address, that means the operator of the ATM have finished the transaction, and they can’t help you further, as the issue is with your wallet you use and you will need to check with the wallet provider support.

      If you don’t see a bitcoin transaction to your address, that means the operator have not sent the funds, and operator’s support need to assist you.

  56. Hello, I really appreciate all the responses that you made to most questions above. So, I also have some questions about this ATM bitcoin machine.

    1. From what I understood, when buying from the machine, you can use any BTC wallet (QR code), right? Let us say, I want to send my fund to my coinbase account btc wallet, so I’ll just generate the QR code and scan it in the machine?
    2. Can I send the btc to my friend in the Philippines? Like I will be using his QR Code and scan it? Will he be receiving the amount in his btc wallet?
    3. Do you have any idea on how to purchase btc anonymously?

    I know I got a lot of questions but a reply would really be appreciated. Thank you and more power.

    1. 1. Yes you can do this, the funds will be send from the ATM operator to your Coinbase wallet directly and deposited on the exchange.
      2. Yes you can send someone’s QR code, and funds will be sent to this person directly. Please make sure that it is allowed by the operator of the ATM, as some require that you purchase the funds yourself (means use your own and not someone else’s address). Once you receive BTC in your wallet, you can do what you want, e.g. send to someone in the Philippines.
      3. You can check ATM’s verification conditions (usually they can be found on each listing on our website), some allow to purchase amounts without the registration (up to the particular threshold usually $500-1000 without identification or with low identification, e.g. use a phone number only). But keep in mind that this is not an anonymous purchase, as there highly likely will be cameras at the place, but at least you don’t share your ID information, means it is still private to some extent.

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