How Do Crypto Payments Work?

How Do Crypto Payments Work?

As the popularity of cryptocurrencies increases, more retailers, businesses, and individuals are beginning to accept them as a form of payment. Although it's possible to transfer funds manually, payment gateways offer a simpler alternative for receiving crypto payments. This eliminates the risk of human error when manually copying addresses. Another option is to use a crypto debit or credit card to make fiat payments using funds from a linked crypto account.

One of the advantages of crypto payments is their speed and cost-effectiveness. When conducting international transfers, there's no need to rely on local fiat currencies. Payment services typically offer more user-friendly interfaces than wallets and provide customer support. On the other hand, payment gateways offer less control, charge fees, and require more time to set up compared to standard wallets.


Cryptocurrencies are often viewed as assets to be bought and sold for profit, but they have a practical use as well: payments. Major retailers like Microsoft and Starbucks, as well as smaller businesses, are starting to accept crypto payments for their products and services. With the help of payment gateways, using crypto to pay for items in fiat currency with a crypto card has never been easier.

At its core, a crypto payment involves transferring cryptocurrencies from one wallet to another. However, this can be daunting for newcomers, as mistakes can be irreversible and costly. To avoid such errors, crypto service providers have developed more user-friendly payment methods.

A payment gateway simplifies the payment process, reducing it to just a few clicks. Here's how it works: the recipient creates a digital invoice to be paid using their payment gateway, usually in the form of a QR code with the receiving wallet address and the amount required. The payer scans the code with their app, confirms the payment, and the crypto are instantly transferred to the recipient's account or digital wallet.

In just a few seconds, the transaction is complete. Not only is it faster and easier than doing everything manually, but it's also safer. So whether you're paying back a friend or purchasing something online, there are now multiple options that use blockchain technology to make the process seamless and hassle-free.

Crypto Cards

For those who want to pay with cryptocurrencies but don't have the option to do so, there's a solution. By using a crypto-linked credit or debit card, you can now pay with cryptocurrencies even if the receiver only accepts fiat. All you need to do is store your coins and tokens with the card provider, and they will sell them for the required fiat and send it to the receiver. However, if you want to pay a friend directly, you will need to check if they can accept card payments, as this can be trickier. Also, if the receiver prefers crypto payments, then a card won’t be suitable. Visa and Mastercard both offer crypto card options through different financial service providers, each with its terms and conditions.

What Are the Benefits of Crypto Payments?

Using cryptocurrencies to pay for goods and services has advantages beyond using a payment gateway or crypto card. It is particularly beneficial when combined with a payments system, which provides the best of both worlds. For instance, cryptocurrencies can be used in almost any country, eliminating the need to convert into local fiat currency when making international payments.

With some crypto payment providers, transactions can go through almost instantly, particularly if both parties use the same service. Even if a transaction is not instant, it is often faster than a bank transfer and with lower transaction fees. Additionally, crypto payment providers have a customer support team to assist with technical issues, which is different when transferring funds manually with a custodial crypto wallet.

Finally, a crypto payments gateway is often easier for newcomers to use than setting up and managing a wallet themselves. This eliminates the need for users to manage their wallets themselves and instead allows them to rely on the services provided by the payments gateway.

What Are the Disadvantages of Crypto Payments?

Experienced users may encounter certain limitations when making crypto payments. For example, using a payment gateway instead of setting up a wallet yourself means you have less control over your cryptocurrency. Many people prefer the traditional experience of having full custody over their digital assets. Going through a lengthy sign-up process with KYC and AML checks is often necessary when using a crypto payments service, which may deter some users who would instead create their own wallets.

Additionally, if you're not using a stablecoin, crypto prices can be highly volatile, making it difficult for the payee to accurately plan their finances. Some payment networks charge fees for their services. Finally, despite the growing popularity of cryptocurrency, accepting it as a payment method is still not widely accepted.


Crypto payments have come a long way since the historic purchase of two pizzas for 10,000 BTC in 2010. Nowadays, people can take advantage of integrated digital currency gateways through banking and crypto services. To start making payments with crypto, you can explore the options offered by your preferred crypto service.

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