How to get your friends and family to use bitcoin without them even knowing it

The ultimate goal for Bitcoiners has been “mainstream” or “mass” adoption of bitcoin: we want everyone using bitcoin on a daily basis whether they know it or not, where bitcoin is as ubiquitous and invisible as the internet itself. The gap between where the technology is today and where it needs to be to achieve this goal is still wide, but with the Abra mobile wallet we’re hoping to help incrementally close the gap as more people begin to use Abra for p2p mobile payments.

Bitcoiners can now send bitcoin to pay people without having to explain bitcoin: just ask the recipient to send a payment request using the Abra wallet, and the conversion from bitcoin to fiat will happen on-the-fly. After the transaction is sent, the money will show up in the recipient’s wallet as their local currency. They won’t even know the sender sent them bitcoin. Recipients can then cash out their wallet balance to their bank account in any of our supported countries or find an Abra Teller nearby if they need or prefer to withdraw physical cash.

This is what bitcoin for the mainstream looks like: friendly, familiar, convenient.

Bitcoin for the mainstream: send in bitcoin, receive in dollars

The transaction works the same in the reverse: if a recipient needs or prefers to receive a payment in bitcoin, but the sender prefers to deal in fiat currency, the sender can add money to their Abra wallet using their bank account or a local Abra Teller and then send their fiat currency directly to the recipient’s bitcoin address, even if the recipient does not have an Abra wallet.

Want to get your friends and family to use bitcoin without them even knowing it? If they are located in a country where we have bank integrations, or a city with Abra Tellers, ask them to try Abra next time you need to send money to them and let us know how it goes!

9 thoughts on “How to get your friends and family to use bitcoin without them even knowing it

    1. Hi John, thanks for the review! I’m curious to know, if you can say: where did you acquire an APK to sideload onto your Android phone?

  1. How do i move bitcoin from one wallet to abra? There is a receive bitcoin button using my abra wallet. It shows the qr code and when I tried to copy the qr code, I can’t find it in my phone. Where does it go?

    1. Hi Jovie. You should be scanning the Abra QR code from the wallet you’re trying to move your bitcoin from:
      https://support.abra.com/hc/en-us/articles/236148847-Where-can-I-find-the-Bitcoin-QR-code-new-

      Taking a picture of the QR code or using a QR code scanning app will not work. If your other wallet is not a mobile wallet, then use the address instead. Does that answer your question?

      Our support team is also happy to address any account-specific issues: support[at]abra[dot]com

  2. His American Express as a money source a few days ago and it’s been pending approval since it’s going on for five days now I did it Thursday night

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