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How do Bitcoin ATMs work?

Bitcoin ATMs or automated teller machines, consist of a monitor, QR scanner, and bill acceptor that enable customers to purchase Bitcoin in exchange for cash autonomously. They appear similar to traditional ATMs that you might see at a bank.

There are two main types of physical Bitcoin ATMs, one-way (buy) functionality and two-way (buy & sell) functionality. The majority of cryptocurrency ATMs are one-way machines with buy functionality. A Bitcoin ATM exchanges cash for Bitcoin sent to a digital wallet rather than a bank account. Some Bitcoin kiosks accept debit or credit cards in exchange for Bitcoin.

Most point-of-sale machines move your purchased cryptocurrency to the users' public key on the blockchain. In contrast, some machines transfer funds onto a paper wallet receipt.

Our Bitcoin ATMs work following this process:
  1. Customers register their new account at the kiosk by presenting their US government-issued photo ID, entering their phone number and creating a PIN (personal identification number).
  2. Following registration, the customer scans their Bitcoin wallet address using the QR scanner or enters the wallet address using the PIN pad or on-screen keyboard.
  3. Once the wallet address is entered, the customer inserts the amount of USD bills into the Bitcoin kiosk to purchase the desired amount of Bitcoin.
  4. The customer also has the option to receive their Bitcoin on a paper wallet containing the public and private keys relating to the purchased Bitcoin. If selected, the paper wallet will be printed from the Bitcoin ATM after the transaction is complete. The Bitcoin on the paper wallet can be added to a mobile wallet at any point in the future.
  5. After the customer has inserted the USD bills, the Bitcoin ATM provider releases the customer’s Bitcoin by broadcasting the transaction to the Bitcoin blockchain, where the transaction becomes visible to the Bitcoin network, including the customer’s Bitcoin wallet. Once the transaction is confirmed, the Bitcoin becomes spendable by the customer.

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