Instructions for using an Athena ATM

How to Buy Bitcoin, Litecoin, or Bitcoin Cash at an Athena ATM

We also have a helpful video of this process at the bottom of the page!
Note: Litecoin and Bitcoin Cash purchases require a wallet compatible with those currencies.

Step One: Get a Wallet App On Your Smart Phone.


We recommend downloading the Athena Bitcoin smartphone wallet app (Bitcoin-only).


A Bitcoin wallet is most simply a place where you can use and store your bitcoin.  It can be an app on a smartphone or PC, or it can be a dedicated hardware computer like the Trezor or Ledger. Bitcoin wallets store a collection of private keys that allow you to spend and transfer bitcoin across the world to other Bitcoin addresses. The Athena Bitcoin Wallet is one of the most secure Bitcoin software apps around when used properly. Unlike web and bank accounts, the Athena wallet is controlled only by you--the owner. It's important to keep your username and password private and written down on paper stored in a safe place. Unfortunately, we have seen cases of customers losing their bitcoin because they couldn't remember their passwords and did not setup password recovery.

Step Two: Bring your Smart Phone To One of Our Machines

Touch the screen to begin and select "Buy Bitcoins" on the menu of the ATM. Enter the appropriate amount of bitcoins that you wish to purchase in USD from two price range options. The machine will then ask for your cell phone number. Input your phone number using the keypad.  The system will text you a six-digit code that you will type in using the keypad. 

The ATM may ask you to provide a form of ID such as a state ID or a Driver's License. Follow the onscreen instructions to scan your ID. If you are not asked to provide an ID, continue with your transaction.

Step Three: Choose Currency and Delivery Method

After entering your code, you will be asked which digital currency you would like to purchase. We currently offer Bitcoin, Litecoin, and Bitcoin Cash. Make sure you have a wallet or address compatible with the coin type you have chosen.

Next, the ATM will ask you where you want your digital currency to be sent. If you already have a mobile wallet, such as the Athena wallet, select "Scan Wallet QR Code." After you have done that, also press the "Request" button in the Athena Bitcoin Wallet or an equivalent receive button in any other wallet app. Once your public address is displayed as a QR code (see image to the left), you may hold your phone's screen in front of the scanner’s red light near the keypad. When the ATM recognizes your address it will show it on its screen as a long string of characters.  You may compare the first and last digits of that address with the one on your phone to verify the address is correct. An example Bitcoin address is shown to the left under "Waiting for Payment...."

If you wish to input your address manually, select "Enter Address" instead. If you do not currently have a mobile wallet, you can generate a new paper wallet by selecting "Create New Wallet" and then later transfer the funds to your mobile or PC wallet. See instructions at the end of this page for how to use a paper wallet. 

Step Four: Insert Money, Receive Digital Currency

The machine will now prompt you to insert cash. Start inserting your bills one by one. Athena ATMs do not accept debit or credit cards, so bring cash.  When you are done touch the “Finish” button on the screen and a receipt will print showing you exactly how much you have bought and the address it was sent to.


Athena Bitcoin transactions are broadcast within 10 minutes from the time you finish at the ATM. Please wait at least that long to see your transaction appear in your wallet. There are rare occasions where this may take longer. Refreshing or rescanning your wallet may be needed. Websites, especially, may not recognize a payment until the transaction confirms (10-30 minutes later, usually) even though they have technically received the bitcoin. You can verify if your transaction has been sent by checking your address on a block explorer.

 If you printed a paper wallet you can use the Athena Bitcoin wallet app to access that bitcoin or see our  Paper Wallet Guide  for more options.

If you printed a paper wallet you can use the Athena Bitcoin wallet app to access that bitcoin or see our Paper Wallet Guide for more options.


IF you generated a paper wallet either intentionally or accidentally....

Step 1: Download the Athena Bitcoin smartphone wallet app (see top of this page). Once you have the Athena Bitcoin Wallet, create a wallet account. Important: Write down your username and password!

Step 2: Once you've logged in and are inside the wallet, tap the blue Send button.

Step 3: This will open up your camera. Hold your camera over the private key QR code at the bottom of your paper wallet . Be careful not to scan the top code. It might be easiest to fold over the sheet first.

Step 4: As soon as the Athena app recognizes the private key it will pop up a white box titled "Bitcoin Private Key with Public Address". Below that will be an option to Import Funds. Press Import Funds to transfer the balance  of the paper wallet into your Athena Bitcoin Wallet. A new transaction will be generated that will remain pending until confirmed. Confirmations may take anywhere from a few minutes to a couple hours in the worst case due to Bitcoin network congestion.

Step 5: Whether or not your transaction has confirmed, you should be able to send your bitcoin off again to a new address or keep it in your wallet until you need it. You're done!


How to use one of our Athena Bitcoin ATM's


Further Questions?

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