FAQs

Tether gives you the joint benefits of the Bitcoin blockchain and traditional currency by converting
your cash into a stable digital currency equivalent.

About Tether

By leveraging Blockchain technology, Tether allows you to store, send and receive digital tokens pegged to dollars, euros, and yen person-to-person, globally, instantly, and securely for a fraction of the cost of any alternative.

How does Tether work?

Tethers exist on the Bitcoin blockchain through the Omni Protocol. The Omni Protocol is open source software that interfaces with the Bitcoin blockchain to allow for the issuance and redemption of cryptocurrency tokens, in our case, “tethers”.

Tether Platform currencies are 100% backed by actual fiat currency assets in our reserve account. Tethers are redeemable and exchangeable pursuant to Tether Limited’s terms of service. The conversion rate is 1 tether USD₮ equals 1 USD.

The Tether Platform is fully reserved when the sum of all tethers in circulation is greater than or equal to the balance of fiat currency held in our reserve. Through our Transparency page, anyone can view both of these numbers in near real-time.

For a more detailed technical explanation of how the Tether Platform works, please download the Tether white paper.

What real-world currencies does Tether support?

Tether initially supports US Dollars (USD), Euros (EUR), and soon Japanese Yen (JPY). Represented by ₮, tether platform currencies are denoted as USD₮, EUR₮, and JPY₮. You can also store, send or receive value in bitcoins.

Who can use Tether?

Tether enables bitcoin businesses – including exchanges, wallets, payment processors, financial services and ATMs – to easily use fiat currencies on the blockchain. Some of the largest businesses in the digital currency ecosystem have integrated tether.
View integrated partners. 

Individuals can also create a Tether wallet or use tether-enabled platforms to transact with tethers.

How does Tether protect me from bitcoin volatility?

Because they are anchored or ‘tethered’ to real-world currencies.

Tethers are new assets that move on the Blockchain just as easily as bitcoin. Tether currencies are not money, but are digital tokens formatted to work on the Blockchain. Tethers hold their value at 1:1 to the underlying assets.

How do I know my Tether is secure?

Tether is built on top of the revolutionary and cryptographically secure Bitcoin blockchain and adheres to strict security and global government laws and regulations.

All tethers are pegged at one-to-one with matching fiat currency (e.g., 1 USD₮ = 1 USD) and are backed 100% by actual assets in our reserve account. As a fully transparent company, we publish a real-time record of all value held and transferred in and out of our reserve account.

Tethers can be securely stored, sent and received across the blockchain and are redeemable for cash (the underlying asset) pursuant to Tether Limited’s terms of service.

Where can I use Tether?

Tether is currently in Beta. You can request an invitation to join at tether.to. We want to make Tether usable everywhere where you can use bitcoins and in many places where bitcoin is not currently accepted.

Is Tether transparent?

Yes. Tether’s platform is built to be fully transparent at all times and is regularly audited. Every tether is backed 100% by its original currency.

View more transparency information.

How much does Tether cost to use?

Tether has almost zero conversion fees, charges no commissions and offers top market exchange rates.

Sending between Tether.to wallets is always free.

When sending from your Tether.to wallet to an external tether-enabled wallet, we will absorb all Blockchain fees. Fees occurred when sending tethers outside of our wallet are outside our control.

View more fee information.

Do I have to go through the KYC process?

Going through our know your customer (KYC) form and approval process is required to issue and redeem USD₮, EUR₮, and soon JPY₮.

You can fund your account with bitcoins and convert to tethers to stabilize your bitcoins and without having to undertake KYC.

In what countries and states does Tether have limited functionality?

Tether is committed to operating in a secure and transparent way, while adhering to all government compliance and regulations.

For this reason Tether does not operate in countries and U.S. states that do not regulate virtual currencies.

Current countries with limited functionality:

Afghanistan, Albania, Algeria, Angola, Cambodia, Democratic People’s Republic of Korea, Ecuador, Guyana, Indonesia, Iran, Iraq, Lao People’s Democratic Republic, Myanmar, Namibia, Nicaragua, Pakistan, Papua New Guinea, Sudan, Syrian Arab Republic, Uganda, Yemen, Zimbabwe

Current U.S. states with limited functionality:

Delaware, Georgia, Hawaii, Idaho, Kentucky, Ohio, Tennessee, Virginia, Washington, Wisconsin, Wyoming

Please access tether through our exchange partner Bitfinex, for now.

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