Buy bitcoins with cash [2 options]

At some platforms, it is possible to buy bitcoins with cash. You can then meet the person you want to buy bitcoins from in real life and make the exchange. Below you can find the two possibilities, together with a step by step action plan to buy bitcoins with cash.

Buy bitcoins with cash

Localbitcoins

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At Localbitcoins you’ve got a lot of payment options to buy bitcoins. You can buy bitcoins with cash, with Paypal or bank- or SEPA transfer. There is no identification required. But for some trades you have to enter your name on Localbitcoins’ site. By following this link, you will be directed to the front page of Localbitcoins.

localbitcoins homepage

Click on ‘Sign up for free’ and you can see this page:

localbitcoins create account

Choose a username and password and enter your email address. Afterwards, click on register and you will receive an email to verify your account

Click on ‘Buy bitcoins’, choose the amount for which you want to buy bitcoins and the way you want to pay. The list is then filtered on people that sell bitcoins with your preferred payment option. You can now choose who you want to buy bitcoins from and click on ‘buy’ once you’ve chosen.

localbitcoins buy bitcoins

You now see the conditions of the seller. Read through them carefully. If you agree, send a ‘trade request’ and you’ll receive instruction from the seller on what to do.

localbitcoins trade request

A lot of trades require you to enter your name on Localbitcoins’ site. You can do this by going to ‘edit profile’ – ‘set real name’ like in the picture below.

localbitcoins name

 In case you are not sure the payment conditions of the seller are correct or if you don’t have a good feeling about it, go back and check out an other seller or payment option! Otherwise, there are a lot of different options to buy bitcoins, you can find a detailed overview here.

Once you have bought bitcoins, it is best to transfer them to an other wallet. You can find a detailed tutorial guide here on how to make an online wallet. If you have bought a lot of bitcoins, check out our hardware wallet guide for even better protection!

Paxful

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At Paxful, you can choose between a lot of different payment options. You can buy bitcoins with cash, Neteller, Skrill, Paypal, Moneygram, gift cards from iTunes, Amazon, Playstation, … . On the picture below you can see what you can buy bitcoins with, but a lot of other possibilities are not listed in the picture. You don’t have to register an ID before you are able to buy bitcoins. Click here to check out Paxful’s site! 

paxful payment options

To create your own account, click on the button ‘create account’ at the top right corner of your screen.

paxful create account

You create an account by filling in your email address and by choosing a password. After this, you will receive an email to verify your account.

paxful create new account

Click on ‘buy bitcoins’, choose the amount and the currency you want to exchange and click on ‘search’

paxful buy bitcoins

A lot of payment options will appear at the left side of your screen. Choose the one you prefer and click on ‘buy’. Then read through the payment conditions of the seller and when you agree with them, contact the seller to set up the trade.

paxful payment options

 In case you are not sure the payment conditions of the seller are correct or if you don’t have a good feeling about it, go back and check out an other seller or payment option! Otherwise, there are a lot of different options to buy bitcoins, you can find a detailed overview here.

Once you have bought bitcoins, it is best to transfer them to an other wallet. You can find a detailed tutorial guide here on how to make an online wallet. If you have bought a lot of bitcoins, check out our hardware wallet guide for even better protection!