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Whether you want to pay for your a new car with crypto or you’re a business owner looking to use crypto to remit merchant invoices, spending cryptocurrency has never been easier. Ahead, we’ll go over the key things to know about quickly and securely paying with crypto, no matter what kind of user you are.
Whether you’re a consumer or a merchant, there are multiple benefits to making Bitcoin payments or paying with other cryptocurrencies.
For starters, cryptocurrency holders are able to make secure, low-cost financial transactions without a bank intermediary. Routing such transactions through a traditional institution like a bank often carries hefty service or wire fees, especially when sending or receiving money from overseas. Bank transfers can take several days or more to complete, while crypto payments usually take only minutes. Because crypto transactions are largely anonymous, you’re able to conduct business without the need to reveal any personal information, which appeals to more privacy-minded crypto users. Crypto transactions are also secure, and virtually impossible to alter or interfere with, which reduces the risk of fraud even when sending money to a total stranger.
No matter your needs or lifestyle, there’s a method of making crypto payments that will be ideal for your purposes. The three main ways of paying with crypto include:
Thousands of businesses across the world accept cryptocurrency payments directly from your wallet. BitPay is the world’s top crypto payments processor, providing both customers and merchants with the freedom and flexibility to make and accept crypto payments from any wallet they choose. In all, BitPay supports more than 100 crypto wallets and over a dozen top cryptocurrencies. Our BitPay Protocol does away with payment exceptions like over or underpayments, late payments and double spends, ensuring the smoothest and safest experience possible. Check out our Merchant Directory for a curated list of partner merchants that accept crypto through BitPay.
Paying a crypto invoice from your crypto wallet takes only a few simple steps.
Step 1: Select BitPay as your payment method at checkout.
Step 2: Select “Begin Payment”. Depending on the merchant, you may be asked to enter your BitPay ID. This is a convenient way to manage payments information with BitPay and simplify logins across multiple BitPay products. Don’t have one yet? Sign up and get started in minutes. All you’ll need is an email address and password, though one-time verification is required when making BitPay merchant or prepaid payments of $3,000 or more, initiating refund requests in amounts of $1,000 or more or receiving BitPay payouts.
Step 3: Select your wallet. Choose from over 100 of the top cryptocurrency wallets that seamlessly integrate with BitPay.
Step 4: Select your cryptocurrency. BitPay supports more than a dozen of the most popular cryptocurrencies including Bitcoin (BTC), Ethereum (ETH), Bitcoin Cash (BCH), Dogecoin (DOGE), Shiba Inu Coin (SHIB), Litecoin (LTC), XRP (XRP), Dai (DAI), Binance USD (BUSD), USD Coin (USDC), Wrapped Bitcoin (WBTC), Pax Dollar (USDP) and Gemini Dollar (GUSD).
Step 5: Either scan the QR code the merchant provides, or manually input their receiving wallet info into your wallet to complete the transaction. The payment will be instantly reflected on the invoice once you’ve validated the payment. Just remember to send your payment during the 15-minute window or the merchant will have to generate and send a new QR code.
In keeping true to Bitcoin’s origins as a fast and secure vehicle for sending or receiving value between users, peer-to-peer (P2P) payments are easy to initiate through any reliable wallet provider. Payments can be made online or in-person. You’ll just need a few pieces of information before you can get started paying someone with crypto.
Step 1: Open your wallet(Don’t have a wallet? Download the BitPay Wallet. It is safe, secure and free!)
Step 2: Input a wallet address or scan a QR code if in person (note: be certain to double and triple check that the address is correct. Remember, it is safe to share your wallet address, but never share your private key or recovery phrase!)
Step 3: Enter the amount of the transaction and the specific cryptocurrency being used
Step 4: Confirm all transaction details
Step 5: Verify that the transaction went through using your wallet or a block explorer
For the crypto consumer on the go, a crypto debit card like the BitPay Card is one of the easiest and most convenient ways to spend your holdings, whether you’re shopping online or in-person. All you have to do is load up your BitPay Card with the crypto of your choice and you’re ready to spend it like cash anywhere in the world Mastercard is accepted. You can even earn cash back rewards on purchases. Download the app to get started, then apply for your BitPay Card and receive approval in minutes. Once you’re approved you’re ready to start spending!
Follow these 5 steps to unlock the spending power of a crypto debit card:
Step 1: Be sure you have an active wallet in the BitPay app with a positive crypto balance
Step 2: Get the BitPay Card (apply and get approved in minutes, no credit check required)
Step 3: Tap the card icon from the app home screen
Step 4: Load the card using your preferred cryptocurrency
Step 5: Use the card as you would any other debit card - in-person, online or at an ATM
The three methods of paying with crypto outlined above should already cover you in most spending situations you can imagine, but there is still another way to pay using crypto. Did you know you can buy gift cards using crypto from hundreds of leading companies and brands like Mastercard, The Home Depot, Best Buy, Airbnb, Hotels.com and Delta Airlines?
If you’re not sure whether a crypto debit card is right for you, or if your favorite merchant doesn’t accept direct crypto payments, you can still spend crypto just like cash by purchasing gift cards through the BitPay app or the BitPay extension for Google Chrome. Once you’ve obtained the gift card of your choice, you’re free to use it just like you would any other digital gift card – use it right away, save it for later, or share with friends and family.
Gift cards are another easy way to spend your crypto at some of the world’s most popular brands, even if they don’t accept crypto payments. Just follow a few easy steps for buying gift cards with crypto via BitPay.
Step 1: Download the BitPay App or Chrome extension
Step 2: Choose a gift card and merchant
Step 3: Select your amount
Step 4: Pay for the gift card using your preferred wallet and cryptocurrency
Step 5: Receive your gift card instantly and start spending!
So far we’ve covered many of the convenient ways you can spend crypto through BitPay, but it’s possible you may have some lingering questions. Here are some of the most commonly asked questions about making secure crypto payments.
The answer to this will vary. Larger and more established payments services providers like BitPay will usually support many of the top cryptocurrencies by market cap, which should cover the needs of most crypto users. This includes the most popular coins and tokens like Bitcoin (BTC), Litecoin (LTC), Ethereum (ETH), Dogecoin (DOGE) and stablecoins like USD Coin (USDC). However, if you’re looking to spend smaller or more niche coins or tokens, you’ll typically need to use direct P2P payments.
Thousands of merchants around the world accept direct crypto payments. When you include those that accept gift cards or debit cards, the number of stores and brands that allow you to make purchases using crypto grows to the millions. Search BitPay’s Merchant Directory to see which of your favorite merchants accept direct crypto payments or offer gift cards you can buy through the BitPay app. With a crypto debit card like the BitPay Card, you can spend crypto practically anywhere.
These days if you can think of it, you can probably buy it with cryptocurrency in one way or another. From plane tickets to smartphones, cars to real estate, you can get it all with crypto thanks to BitPay’s extensive network of partners across industries and sectors. Looking for a more complete list of the things you can buy with crypto? Check out our crypto spending guide.
Yes you can! In fact, direct P2P transactions are the easiest and most direct way to pay friends and family with crypto. All you need is their crypto wallet address and you can send money to anybody quickly and easily.
Depending on which method you use, you will pay a small fee to make a crypto payment. The transactions will vary based on which crypto you use, the service provider, the merchant and market conditions. Learn more about fees and how you can pay less of them while making crypto transactions.
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