To buy Bitcoin using an ATM, get the Bitcoin ATM to scan your wallet’s QR code. After this, enter how much fiat currency you’re going to put into the machine. Then, fill out any ID check (if there is one), which may involve sending a security code to your phone. Put in the security code to complete the transaction; the Bitcoin will usually end up in your wallet in ten minutes. To sell Bitcoin, do much the same, but hit “sell” instead of “buy.”

How to find Bitcoin ATMs

Websites

There are a number of different websites for finding a Bitcoin ATM. One of the leading options is CoinATMRadar, which works by inputting an address then generating a list of the nearest ATMs. It lists some of the fees of each ATM, as well as the cryptocurrencies that the ATM supports. The site also features reviews of ATMs, although a significant number have no review data.

Bitcoin.com has its own ATM map. It’s powered by CoinATMRadar and it presents the results in a more user-friendly map format; the site also tells you whether an ATM is open at all hours, and which crypto and fiat currencies it supports.

Map showing location of Bitcoin ATMs
Bitcoin.com presents Bitcoin ATM search results in a user-friendly map. Image: Bitcoin.com

Unfortunately, the map isn’t searchable, like Google Maps; instead, you’ll have to zoom in on different areas of the world to see how many Bitcoin ATMs are located in each region.

Bitcoin ATM maps
Bitcoin ATMs don’t appear consistently across map providers. Image: Decrypt

CoinMap.org also provides results showing Bitcoin ATMs (as well as brick-and-mortar businesses that support purchasing with crypto).

However, as the above example shows, there are discrepancies between the different Bitcoin ATM maps. Some ATMs that appear on CoinMap.org aren’t listed on Bitcoin.com’s CoinATMRadar, and vice versa. That means there’s no one authoritative list of Bitcoin ATMs; you may need to consult multiple maps in order to track down an ATM near you.

Several of the leading Bitcoin ATM firms provide maps showing the location of their own ATMs. CoinSource provides its own ATM map, as does atmcoiners.com. However, these services are more limited since they only show the individual companies’ own ATMs.

Mobile Apps

There are several mobile apps for locating Bitcoin ATMs, too. Perhaps the most popular is CoinATMRadar, which is available on both the Google Play Store and the Apple App Store. You can share your location with the app to find the nearest ATM. It’s similar to the website: the app also details whether the ATM is uni or bi-directional, as well as supported cryptocurrencies and fiat currencies. It works well, although you have to download data for each individual country.

Bitmap (listed as Bitmapp on the Apple App Store) is its main competitor. It has over 10,000 downloads on the Google Play Store, but Decrypt found it a lot buggier than CoinATMRadar. The app frequently broke, citing a bad Internet connection, even when the phone used was connected to the Internet. Bitcoin.com doesn’t let you search for Bitcoin ATMs in its app, so CoinATMRadar appears the better choice.

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