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!


Step One: Get a Wallet App On Your Smart Phone

Don't have a wallet installed yet? For a quick suggestion try the Edge wallet available for Android and Apple iOS. For more wallet suggestions, see this article:


A Bitcoin wallet is 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. Most Bitcoin wallets will ask you to write down recovery details in case something happens to your phone. It's important to keep your username and password or 12+ word recovery phrase 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 recovery details.

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 Edge wallet, select "Scan Wallet QR Code" at the ATM. Also press the "Request" or "Receive" button in your mobile wallet to bring up your current address. 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" at the ATM instead. If you do not currently have a mobile wallet or have trouble scanning a QR code, you can generate a new paper wallet by tapping "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 15 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 Edge wallet app to access that bitcoin or see our  Paper Wallet Guide  for Litecoin and more options.

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


You can use many wallet apps to import bitcoin sent to a paper wallet. Instructions for the Edge wallet are below. For litecoin or for other wallet guidance, please see our main article:

How to Use a Paper Wallet

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

Step 2: Once you've logged in and see your internal wallets, tap Bitcoin to open that wallet, then tap the Send button (or Scan down below) to open your camera within the app.

Step 3: 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 Edge app recognizes the private key it will pop up a white box titled "Sweep Funds from Private Key". Press the Import button to transfer the balance  of the paper wallet into your Edge app. 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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