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How to buy bitcoins at a bitcoin ATM

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 thirty different types of bitcoin ATMs with about twenty 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.

In this article we describe a bitcoin purchase process for six 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 infrequently used (Skyhook and Robocoin):

General

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 significant 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 boundaries 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
  • Inject 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 fresh
  • Scan wallet QR code if chosen
  • Insert cash bills
  • Click send
  • Get printed receipt

The process is demonstrated on the following movie:

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 brief movie:

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 permits both buy and sell bitcoin transactions. However, buying bitcoins is identical at both of them.

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. Significant! The thresholds 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)
  • Inject phone number using ATM pin pad, get SMS code and inject 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 by hand.
  • Then scan QR code of your address, and input cash bills
  • Click finish when you are ready, and bitcoins will be sent to you instantly
  • At the end you can print the receipt about transaction or get it emailed to you

The process is demonstrated here:

Lamassu

This is the 2nd 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 plain:

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

Significant! 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 fifteen seconds and is demonstrated in the following movie:

General Bytes BATMTwo

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 freshly 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 movie:

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

General Bytes BATMThree

This is a fresh 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 fairly 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 fresh 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 movie demonstrates the basic purchase bitcoins process at this machine:

BitAccess

BitAccess machine is fairly 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 “Begin”
  • Come in mobile number
  • Receive the validation code and inject it
  • Select “Buy Bitcoins”
  • Choose whether you already have a Bitcoin wallet (yes – scan it later, no – generate and print fresh 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 movie:

Skyhook

This was the most compact and cheap bitcoin ATM on the market. However, presumably due to low price, the company could not sustain long term and abandoned market in beginning of two thousand fifteen by practically eliminating any support and delaying deliveries. As a result number of these machines on the market diminished 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 liquidated 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”
  • Come in 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 movie:

Robocoin

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 albeit the hardware and how machine looks stays the same, the process of purchasing bitcoins has switched 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 fairly 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 very first visit (account registration process is more complicated) and all the rest purchases (account is already created, the process is simpler and quicker).

If you had not used the machine before, during the very first visit you needed to create account with Robocoin. Since November two thousand fourteen 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 Two.0). For creating one the following steps were needed to be ended:

  • Click “Get began”
  • Inject mobile (also will be your account)
  • Confirm mobile by injecting the received verification code
  • Create and provide PIN code (inject twice to verify)
  • Scan government issued ID or passport (by coming in 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 brief movie demonstrating registration process:

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

  • Come in phone number
  • Inject secret PIN code
  • Scan palm vein (1 time)
  • Scan QR code for your Bitcoin wallet or generate fresh 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 movies:

You can find the nearest bitcoin ATM to you using our bitcoin ATM Map.

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How to buy bitcoins at a bitcoin ATM

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 thirty different types of bitcoin ATMs with about twenty 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.

In this article we describe a bitcoin purchase process for six 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 uncommonly used (Skyhook and Robocoin):

General

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 significant 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 boundaries 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
  • Inject 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 fresh
  • Scan wallet QR code if chosen
  • Insert cash bills
  • Click send
  • Get printed receipt

The process is demonstrated on the following movie:

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 brief movie:

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 permits both buy and sell bitcoin transactions. However, buying bitcoins is identical at both of them.

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. Significant! The boundaries 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)
  • Inject phone number using ATM pin pad, get SMS code and inject 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 by hand.
  • Then scan QR code of your address, and input cash bills
  • Click finish when you are ready, and bitcoins will be sent to you instantly
  • At the end you can print the receipt about transaction or get it emailed to you

The process is demonstrated here:

Lamassu

This is the 2nd 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 elementary:

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

Significant! 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 fifteen seconds and is demonstrated in the following movie:

General Bytes BATMTwo

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 freshly 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 movie:

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

General Bytes BATMThree

This is a fresh 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 fairly 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 fresh 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 movie demonstrates the basic purchase bitcoins process at this machine:

BitAccess

BitAccess machine is fairly 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 “Begin”
  • Come in mobile number
  • Receive the validation code and come in it
  • Select “Buy Bitcoins”
  • Choose whether you already have a Bitcoin wallet (yes – scan it later, no – generate and print fresh 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 movie:

Skyhook

This was the most compact and cheap bitcoin ATM on the market. However, presumably due to low price, the company could not get through long term and abandoned market in beginning of two thousand fifteen by practically eliminating any support and delaying deliveries. As a result number of these machines on the market diminished 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 eliminated 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”
  • Come in 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 movie:

Robocoin

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 albeit the hardware and how machine looks stays the same, the process of purchasing bitcoins has switched 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 fairly 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 very first visit (account registration process is more complicated) and all the rest purchases (account is already created, the process is simpler and swifter).

If you had not used the machine before, during the very first visit you needed to create account with Robocoin. Since November two thousand fourteen 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 Two.0). For creating one the following steps were needed to be finished:

  • Click “Get embarked”
  • Come in mobile (also will be your account)
  • Confirm mobile by injecting the received verification code
  • Create and provide PIN code (inject twice to verify)
  • Scan government issued ID or passport (by coming in 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 brief movie demonstrating registration process:

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

  • Inject phone number
  • Come in secret PIN code
  • Scan palm vein (1 time)
  • Scan QR code for your Bitcoin wallet or generate fresh 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 movies:

You can find the nearest bitcoin ATM to you using our bitcoin ATM Map.

Found this article useful? Subscribe to our Twitter channel @CoinATMRadar and we will keep you updated about fresh posts.

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How to buy bitcoins at a bitcoin ATM

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 thirty different types of bitcoin ATMs with about twenty 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.

In this article we describe a bitcoin purchase process for six 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 infrequently used (Skyhook and Robocoin):

General

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 significant 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 thresholds 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
  • Come in 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 fresh
  • Scan wallet QR code if chosen
  • Insert cash bills
  • Click send
  • Get printed receipt

The process is demonstrated on the following movie:

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 brief movie:

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 permits both buy and sell bitcoin transactions. However, buying bitcoins is identical at both of them.

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. Significant! The thresholds 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)
  • Come in phone number using ATM pin pad, get SMS code and come in 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 by hand.
  • Then scan QR code of your address, and input cash bills
  • Click finish when you are ready, and bitcoins will be sent to you instantly
  • At the end you can print the receipt about transaction or get it emailed to you

The process is demonstrated here:

Lamassu

This is the 2nd 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 elementary:

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

Significant! 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 fifteen seconds and is demonstrated in the following movie:

General Bytes BATMTwo

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 freshly 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 movie:

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

General Bytes BATMThree

This is a fresh 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 fairly 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 fresh 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 movie demonstrates the basic purchase bitcoins process at this machine:

BitAccess

BitAccess machine is fairly 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 “Embark”
  • Come in mobile number
  • Receive the validation code and come in it
  • Select “Buy Bitcoins”
  • Choose whether you already have a Bitcoin wallet (yes – scan it later, no – generate and print fresh 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 movie:

Skyhook

This was the most compact and cheap bitcoin ATM on the market. However, presumably due to low price, the company could not get through long term and abandoned market in beginning of two thousand fifteen by practically eliminating any support and delaying deliveries. As a result number of these machines on the market diminished 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 eliminated 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”
  • Inject 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 movie:

Robocoin

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 albeit the hardware and how machine looks stays the same, the process of purchasing bitcoins has switched 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 fairly 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 very first visit (account registration process is more complicated) and all the rest purchases (account is already created, the process is simpler and quicker).

If you had not used the machine before, during the very first visit you needed to create account with Robocoin. Since November two thousand fourteen 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 Two.0). For creating one the following steps were needed to be ended:

  • Click “Get embarked”
  • Come in mobile (also will be your account)
  • Confirm mobile by coming in the received verification code
  • Create and provide PIN code (come in twice to verify)
  • Scan government issued ID or passport (by coming in 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 brief movie demonstrating registration process:

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

  • Come in phone number
  • Inject secret PIN code
  • Scan palm vein (1 time)
  • Scan QR code for your Bitcoin wallet or generate fresh 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 movies:

You can find the nearest bitcoin ATM to you using our bitcoin ATM Map.

Found this article useful? Subscribe to our Twitter channel @CoinATMRadar and we will keep you updated about fresh posts.

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How to buy bitcoins at a bitcoin ATM

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 thirty different types of bitcoin ATMs with about twenty 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.

In this article we describe a bitcoin purchase process for six 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 infrequently used (Skyhook and Robocoin):

General

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 significant 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 boundaries 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
  • Come in 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 fresh
  • Scan wallet QR code if chosen
  • Insert cash bills
  • Click send
  • Get printed receipt

The process is demonstrated on the following movie:

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 brief movie:

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 permits both buy and sell bitcoin transactions. However, buying bitcoins is identical at both of them.

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. Significant! The thresholds 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)
  • Come in phone number using ATM pin pad, get SMS code and come in 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 by hand.
  • Then scan QR code of your address, and input cash bills
  • Click finish when you are ready, and bitcoins will be sent to you instantly
  • At the end you can print the receipt about transaction or get it emailed to you

The process is demonstrated here:

Lamassu

This is the 2nd 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 plain:

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

Significant! 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 fifteen seconds and is demonstrated in the following movie:

General Bytes BATMTwo

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 freshly 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 movie:

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

General Bytes BATMThree

This is a fresh 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 fairly 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 fresh 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 movie demonstrates the basic purchase bitcoins process at this machine:

BitAccess

BitAccess machine is fairly 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 “Embark”
  • Inject mobile number
  • Receive the validation code and come in it
  • Select “Buy Bitcoins”
  • Choose whether you already have a Bitcoin wallet (yes – scan it later, no – generate and print fresh 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 movie:

Skyhook

This was the most compact and cheap bitcoin ATM on the market. However, presumably due to low price, the company could not sustain long term and abandoned market in beginning of two thousand fifteen by practically eliminating any support and delaying deliveries. As a result number of these machines on the market diminished 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 eliminated 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”
  • Come in 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 movie:

Robocoin

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 albeit the hardware and how machine looks stays the same, the process of purchasing bitcoins has switched 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 fairly 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 very first visit (account registration process is more complicated) and all the rest purchases (account is already created, the process is simpler and quicker).

If you had not used the machine before, during the very first visit you needed to create account with Robocoin. Since November two thousand fourteen 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 Two.0). For creating one the following steps were needed to be ended:

  • Click “Get embarked”
  • Inject mobile (also will be your account)
  • Confirm mobile by coming in the received verification code
  • Create and provide PIN code (come in twice to verify)
  • Scan government issued ID or passport (by coming in 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 brief movie demonstrating registration process:

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

  • Come in phone number
  • Inject secret PIN code
  • Scan palm vein (1 time)
  • Scan QR code for your Bitcoin wallet or generate fresh 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 movies:

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