How to Buy Bitcoin Anonymously & without ID


Many people would like to stay anonymous when buying stuff around the web for different reasons. The problem with Bitcoin is that it’s not completely anonymous. Once a Bitcoin exchange requests identifiable information such as an email address, government id or a utility bills they can know and track every movement of your Bitcoins.

That’s why today I’m going to go over some simple methods of buying Bitcoins anonymously. For the more advanced users I will supply some additional reading material near the end of the article:

Easiest way to stay anonymous – Buy Bitcoins with Cash

The Local Bitcoins option

If you’re looking to buy Bitcoins anonymously then the easiest way would be to buy Bitcoins in cash and in person. Use Local Bitcoins to find someone who is willing to sell Bitcoins for cash next to your physical location. You can use an alias email address to sign up to Local Bitcoins and the verification id process they have is optional. When you use cash it’s easy to remain untraceable as there is no documentation for the transaction. Keep in mind that most sellers on Local Bitcoins don’t like to do business with anonymous buyers, however since you’re paying in cash it should be less of an issue.

The Bitcoin ATM option

Another way to buy Bitcoins anonymously with cash is to go to your nearest Bitcoin ATM and buy Bitcoins from the ATM using cash. Buying Bitcoins via an ATM is probably the best way to go about buying Bitcoins anonymously however not everyone has an ATM next to them. When asked to enter your Bitcoin address at the ATM just specify that you don’t have one – in most cases this will just generate a new paper address for you and you’re good to go. Later on you can import the private key from that paper wallet and send those Bitcoins wherever you like.

The prepaid card option

One way to stay anonymous is to use a prepaid credit card you can get at any supermarket or convince store. You can then use this card to buy Bitcoins without the need to supply any form of identification at places like Coinmama (up to $150) or Virwox.

Methods that don’t require ID but aren’t anonymous

The BitQuick option

Bitquick acts as an escrow for Bitcoin transactions via cash deposits at thousands of banks across the US. The idea is simple – buyer and seller agree on an amount. The seller deposits the Bitcoins at Bitquick. Once the buyer deposits the cash into the seller’s account the coins are released. A mobile phone number is needed for this process but no id verification is required.

The wall of coins option

Wall of Coins is available in the United States, Canada, Germany, Argentina, Latvia, Poland, and the Philippines. It is a peer to peer Bitcoin exchange that allows you to buy Bitcoins without the need to verify your ID. You will however require a phone number to use the exchange.

Advanced methods for buying / using Bitcoin anonymously

These were some simple ways of buying Bitcoins while staying anonymous or without the need of any identification. If you want to get real serious about using Bitcoin anonymously around the web I suggest reading The Complete Guide to Using Bitcoin Anonymously. This guide details advanced methods and techniques to keeping your privacy around the web. However, if you’re just looking to buy a few coins without being traced just use cash – it will solve most of the issues.

If you’ve had any experience with buying Bitcoins anonymously I would love to hear it in the comment section below. For additional resources you can also visit this site.

Ofir Beigel

Owner at 99 Coins ltd.
Blogger and owner of 99Bitcoins. I've been dealing with Bitcoin since the beginning of 2013 and it taught me a lesson in finance that I couldn't get anywhere else on the planet. I'm not a techie, I don't understand "Hashes" and "Protocols", I designed this website with people like myself in mind. My expertise is online marketing and I've dedicated a large portion of 99Bitcoins to Bitcoin marketing.


  1. Carolyn Rien on

    I pretty much agree with everyone stated about buying bitcoin anonymously, but I think it’s important to consider using a temporary email address, like from or where ever when using accepting or corresponding in the transactions.

  2. BitcoinBen on

    Trying to maintain Real anonimity is a hassle, but doable if you keep at it. In my view for my situation (I live in a big US city) there is a good way. A hassle but a good way, and it’s the first on your list. – click “14356 cities” at the top then find your city in the list (I use F3). Or find a “meetup” at by googling meetup ‘your city’ bitcoin. In my town there is a meeting once a month and there are both informational presentations and bitcoin for cash sellers. With a person found via either website you will need a bitcoin wallet, a QR on your phone (I use a photo, but any way you can display it), the cash, and that’s it. Is it a hassle to find someone trustworthy and give them your cash? Yes, but almost all transactions of this type work out. You give him the cash, he snaps your QR, you immediately check your account. Pretty anonymous.

    • Zsofia - 99Bitcoins support on

      Thanks for the feedback BitcoinBen, indeed peer-to-peer Bitcoin purchases is one of the best way to preserve anonimity.

      • Hi Zsofia,
        Except that I just checked the Local Bitcoins link for my large city and compared the asking prices against the conversion rate. Most asking prices were +$150 or more over the XE rate per coin. Right now the XE rate says $2369.23, but there were offers over $2600. That is too much of a premium for an all-cash deal. In fact, there must be a better way to get a reasonable price and retain anonymity. Do you know that better way?

        • Zsofia - 99Bitcoins support on

          Hi Henry, Localbitcoins is indeed not the cheapest way to buy Bitcoins as you have to trade with individuals there with cash. You can check some of the other methods listed in the article, but please note buying Bitcoin anonymously will always cost you more than buying through regular exchanges with identity verification. Also, shows mid-market rates, not actual prices you can buy Bitcoins for.

      • Ofir Beigel on

        I think it depends on the amount of bitcoins you’re trying to buy. Up to $150 you won’t need to verify your ID.

          • But why would you only indend to buy $150 worth of BTC as a one off?
            You attempt to buy another 150 worth they want ID
            These sites are pretty crap, I had been using circle pay app to upload local currency, then send it as bitcoin. But unfortunately they no longer offer btc & lost many users within the last few weeks.
            Blockchain is an app that requires no id or anything else. Upload your funds & it’ll automatically change to bitcoin as you send it on.
            Create a false iCloud acc & use that for your Tor browsers, wallet & blockchain app.
            It’s what I’ve been using from circle pay screwed over the bitcoin users.

          • I’m not familiar yet with Blockchain’s feature for buying Bitcoins. You’re saying you can use in order to buy Bitcoin anonymously?

          • They do ask for ID fam, not 100% of the time but they implemented a random ID policy for any amount below 150

        • Ofir Beigel on

          I didn’t say they don’t need ID, I said they don’t need verification that the ID number is actually correct or yours if the amount is below $150.

  3. Harry Jacobson on

    An excellent guide for staying as anonymous as possible when buying bitcoin. For those looking for a complete list of bitcoin exchange websites where you can buy online, I have been using

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