Buy Bitcoin (BTC) without verification

Updated April 3rd, 2019

Banks and regulators are really cracking down on Bitcoin in 2019 but you can still buy it without ID verification. You will need to either use

a) minimal verification services (e.g. asking for a phone #)
b) services anonymous by default.

First option is the easiest one. Services like Indacoin or Changelly will let you buy reasonable amounts of Bitcoin using your credit or a debit card and just ask for a phone number.

While using Indacoin, Changelly, and the rest of the similar platforms, you won’t have to register an account or provide a government-issued ID. Instead, you will just have to use your credit or debit card and verify your phone number. Obviously that can be a number you got online or a prepaid phone.

Buying BTC without verification using Changelly:

Just use this widget to adjust the amount and you will be taken to their secure checkout page (powered by Simplex):

That’s it – all you will need is a plastic card, a phone #, and a BTC address (see how to get one in our wallets comparison).

 

Buying BTC without verification using Indacoin:

Indacoin works the same way – select an amount, proceed to payment, verify your phone # and enter details – and you’re done.

Indacoin vs Changelly

Both platforms work well but make sure you check the Bitcoin to USD rate when you buy, for instance a $100 would get you 0.01245 BTC on Indacoin and 0.01572845 on Changelly on September 18th, 2018:

indacoin vs changelly buy bitcoin with no verification

 


 

As for the group #2 of services that are completely anonymous – below is a list of services that let you buy Bitcoin with no verification:

Localbitcoins

Localbitcoins is the oldest peer to peer marketplace for buying and selling Bitcoins. LBC has a built-in escrow mechanism that helps prevent fraud, but please do your own diligence when working with each individual seller. Buying Bitcoin with cash meeting up with a seller locally is by far the most anonymous method of buying Bitcoin.

Hodlhodl

Hodlhodl is a decentralized p2p marketplace that does not require any ID or phone verification. Work with a set of sellers and make your trades using their built-in multisig wallet technology that acts as an escrow. Sign up to HodlHodl.

Paxful

Paxful is a LocalBitcoins alternative that used to offer a bit more supported payment methods. Paxful is a younger service, it’s totally legitimate but requires caution in working with some of the sellers. See the full Localbitcoins vs Paxful review. Sign up to Paxful here.

bisq.network

Bisq is similar to HodlHodl being a truly decentralized exchange. The platform does not ask for any verification and works through an app. There is a learning curve but the anonymous Bitcoin trading is worth spending the time to learn.

 


Some guides (e.g. this one) are outdated and recommend using services that have implemented KYC policies – e.g. Shapeshift has new KYC policies, Coinmama no longer allows Bitcoin purchases without ID verification, etc. The current article has verified all claims and lists only the truly no-verification or minimal-verification services.

 

 

 

 

Indacoin vs Changelly

Both platforms work well but make sure you check the Bitcoin to USD rate when you buy, for instance a $100 would get you 0.01245 BTC on Indacoin and 0.01572845 on Changelly on September 18th, 2018.

 

Anonymous, peer-to-peer platfroms to buy Bitcoin without ID verification

These services were designed to have zero KYC and regulations, and instead facilitate peer to peer exchange of crypto and fiat between interested parties. So while you will not need to verify any ID or phone number with these services, as a rule you will instead have to

  • wait a bit longer
  • vet your contractors carefully
  • either learn to use software or meet people in person

It’s up to you whether you are interested in just a quick credit card purchase or a 100% anonymous peer to peer exchange. Here’s the list of the major peer-to-peer and anonymous exchanges:

 

Localbitcoins

Localbitcoins is the oldest peer to peer marketplace for buying and selling Bitcoins. LBC has a built-in escrow mechanism that helps prevent fraud, but please do your own diligence when working with each individual seller. Buying Bitcoin with cash meeting up with a seller locally is by far the most anonymous method of buying Bitcoin. UPDATED: LBC will be switching to full KYC soon. Use other services down the list for anonymous purchases.

Hodlhodl

Hodlhodl is a decentralized p2p marketplace that does not require any ID or phone verification. Work with a set of sellers and make your trades using their built-in multisig wallet technology that acts as an escrow. Sign up to HodlHodl.

Paxful

Paxful is a LocalBitcoins alternative that used to offer a bit more supported payment methods. Paxful is a younger service, it’s totally legitimate but requires caution in working with some of the sellers. See the full Localbitcoins vs Paxful review. Sign up to Paxful here.

bisq.network

Bisq is similar to HodlHodl being a truly decentralized exchange. The platform does not ask for any verification and works through an app. There is a learning curve but the anonymous Bitcoin trading is worth spending the time to learn.

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