Monero Guide 2022
Monero blockchain explorers
XMRChain (the best!)
How do I safely route my coins?
Exchange -> Monero wallet (on Tails or Whonix) -> Destination
My vendor only accepts Bitcoin, what do I do?
Monero wallet -> Exchange service -> Destination
Monero wallet -> Exchange service -> Bitcoin wallet -> Destination
Use an instant exchange service over Tor to anonymously convert your Monero into Bitcoin.
Avoid sending directly from an exchange service to the destination if your order has a short timeout. The order may expire before payment arrives if the exchange is delayed for whatever reason. By first sending the Bitcoin to your personal wallet you have more control over when the payment is made. Make sure you convert enough to cover the extra transaction fees you will be paying.
Is it safe to buy Monero directly on a KYC exchange?
For most threat models, yes.
Is it safer to buy Monero directly or to buy Bitcoin and convert it?
If possible for you, buying Monero directly should always be preferred.
As a rule of thumb: try to minimize your interactions with transparent blockchains (such as Bitcoin, Litecoin, etc) as much as possible.
How do I buy Monero anonymously?
Cash by mail on LocalMonero.co
Why is my transaction not showing up?
– Is your wallet software on the latest version?
Some Monero updates are backwards incompatible, old versions stop working eventually.
– Is your wallet synchronized?
The wallet needs to scan the blockchain to find your transactions. Wait for this process to complete.
GUI: Check the status in the lower left hand corner.
Feather: The status bar should say “Synchronized”
– Does your transaction exist on a block explorer?
Go to xmrchain.net and enter the txid of your transaction. If it doesn’t show up something went wrong on the sending side, contact them to sort it out.
If your transaction shows up on a block explorer and your wallet is synchronized, try the following:
Tools -> Import transaction. Enter the txid of the transaction. Click “Load”, then “Import”. If the transaction belongs to the primary wallet account it should now show up in the history.
Go to Settings -> Info. Next to “Wallet restore height” click “Change”, press Ok twice.
Wait for the wallet to resync. After it is done syncing your transaction should show up.
Feather: Before closing the wallet, right click on the “Failed” transaction and select “Resend transaction”. Wait for a few minutes until the transaction has 1 confirmation or try again.
GUI: Switch to a different node, go to Settings -> Wallet -> Rescan wallet balance, then try resending your transaction.
Failed transaction are caused by malfunctioning nodes. Whenever this happens please check which remote node you’re connected to and message the mods so it can be removed.
Is it safe to connect to a remote node over Tor?
For most threat models, yes.
It is recommended to change your remote node between each session. Feather wallet does this automatically.
|★||localmonero.co||similar to localbitcoins. cash in mail, bank transfer, SEPA, revolut, others|
|★||bisq||decentralized exchange, BTC/XMR pair|
|Website||JS required?||Hidden service?||Support||Notes|
|godex.io||Yes*||No||[email protected]||*can be used without JS with godex.py|
|Kilos coinswap||No||Yes||[email protected], read this||XMR/BTC exchange.|
|Website||KYC||Fiat gateway||Trading pairs||Notes|
|★||Kraken.com||Yes||Yes: USD, EUR||BTC, EUR, USD||SEPA deposits are free|
|★||Binance.com||Yes||Yes*||BTC, ETH, BUSD, USDT||*Binance offers a wide range of fiat deposit options, but does not offer XMR directly for fiat. Purchase one of the available trading pairs with fiat then exchange for XMR.|
|Bitfinex.com||Yes||Yes: USD||BTC, USD|
|Bittrex.com||Yes||No||BTC, ETH, USDT|
|KuCoin.com||Yes||No||BTC, ETH, USDT|
This FAQ is great and absolutely necessary. Kudos.
On the “My vendor only accepts Bitcoin, what do I do?” section, I’d add a paragraph saying that if people really want to contribute to the project and everyone’s privacy, then get in touch with your merchant/service provider and request them to accept Monero directly as payment. Ask the service provider to visit this community, the getmonero.org website and other communication channels if they need help with system integration.