Start My Bitcoin Journey with Census

Welcome! This guide is designed to give you everything you need to know to start using your Census card and wallet and beginning your crypto journey!

1- Start building your Financial Freedom

The Census card and the Census App combined will enable you to adopt bitcoin and the world of cryptocurrencies in the most simple way. Let us walk you through how this works.

2- Quick Introduction

The Census card:

It’s a bitcoin smart card offering a seamless, tangible way to store and pay with Bitcoin. The Card is a highly secure hardware cold wallet made to store your bitcoins. With an NFC-enabled phone, you can verify your balance and send your assets if you want to move them to another beneficiaries’ wallet.

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The Card’s private key is stored in the secure chip inside the Card. No one has access and no one can extract it. The private key is associated with a unique wallet address which is different from the private key of the Census App.

The Census App (the Digital Wallet)

A one-stop-shop wallet to manage the card and access to the powerful features brought to you by the world of decentralized Apps (dApps). The App holds its own wallets and enables you to buy, send, and receive cryptocurrencies. In addition within the App, you can access our Affiliate program and earn money when your friends and family buy cards.

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You will need the Census App (The Digital Wallet) to read and sign transactions of your Census Card which hold only Bitcoins. However, the Census Digital Wallet (the App) holds its own wallets with their own addresses (different from the Card).

2.1- The Census Card in Depth

2.2- What is the Census Card?

The Census Card is a Bitcoin Card that has 2 main functions:
1- It’s a contactless bitcoin hardware wallet composed of a plastic card with a secure element (the Chip),
that stores a private key hence your bitcoins. It is also called a non custodial hardware wallet.
2- It’s a wonderful gift card to offer to anyone who wants to start using bitcoin.

2.3- How to Use the Census Card

The Census Cards are making Bitcoin and cryptocurrencies simple to embrace. The card is a Smart Note, as convenient as a credit card, and as easy to use as cash with encryption security on top. The cards let you store your Bitcoin in a sleek and stylish device you carry with you, maintaining self-custody and complete control. The embedded chip creates and holds your unique and uncopyable key within the card itself, making it the most secure way to store your crypto. Just like “bearer instruments,” if you hold it you own it. Luckily, you can easily manage your crypto across multiple Tangem cards to spread your crypto-wealth for ultimate safety.

2.3.1- Tap And Check

To scan the Card, tap it on the back of the phone (as shown on the illustration), it will pop up a screen that enables you to visualise the amount of bitcoin and the counter value in different currencies, stored in the Card. Important Check if your phone is compatible with NFC.
1- Activate it by enabling NFC on your Handset
2- Press scan and touch your card as shown in the below screenshot.
3- Your card is activated and your crypto will be displayed

If you have not bought a census card, Buy ONE by pressing the “Buy Card” button and visit our store to finalise your purchase.

2.3.2- Send and Receive

The Census Card enables you to send and receive bitcoin (only bitcoin) safely, seamlessly and securely anywhere, anytime. Once you tap the Card, you will see the functions Receive and Send.

1- Send

1. Tap the Send button and follow the steps as shown here. You can either send funds by scanning a QR code or pasting the address of the recipient. In order to sign the transaction you will be invited to tap the card for at least 10s (security measure)

2. Receive

To receive funds to your card share the QR code or the address appearing on the screen once you scan the card.

To learn more about the card visit ourFAQs.

3- The Census App in Depth 

3.1- What Platforms Does Census App Support?

Census is a mobile wallet for iOS and Android devices. You can quickly install it from the Apple App Store or Google Play Store to get up and running in just a few moments. Use your Census Wallet like your everyday wealth app tool for paying, saving, and earning money with a simple click.

3.2- What Cryptocurrencies Does Census Wallet Support?

At the moment we support Bitcoin, Ether, and a set of stable coins. We will gradually offer more assets.

Here is your guide to understand the features and start using the Census Solution.

3.3- Set up your Wallet

Getting started with the Census is easy. Simply download the app from Google Play or the Apple Store and complete signup. From there, you can fund your wallet via bank transfer, credit card, or via cryptocurrency deposit. Once funds have been added, you can start your journey in the crypto world.

3.3.1 Create a New Wallet

Click on Get Started. Then select the Crypto currencies addresses you want to generate. You will have the choice between: Bitcoin, Ethereum and some stablecoins such as USDC, Paxos, Gemini, Binance USD. Once you have selected the cryptocurrencies you want to hold, click on Create. You will then see a suggestion to secure your wallets with a password. Once the security step is validated your wallets will be finally generated. Before revealing the addresses, you will need to first back up the seed phrase or 12-word seed phrase. To know more about this go to section Back up the 12-Word.

3.3.2- Import a Wallet

If you already have a wallet, you can import it by going into settings. *- Press create or import a key button
*- Click on import wallet
*- Enter the 12-word Recovery Seed Phrase, that you have written down on a paper. Please remember to never take screenshots of your recovery seed phrase.
Advanced Options give you additional security features, Always encrypt your wallet with a strong password. It secures your funds if your device is stolen or compromised by some malicious software.

3.4- Backup the 12-word Phrase or the Seed Phrase

Nothing is more important than keeping your 12-word recovery phrase safe! The 12-word seed phrase can help you to recover your funds if you ever lose access to the wallet on the device it is installed on. Anyone who discovers the phrase would be able to steal your funds. You should take the safety of your recovery phrase very seriously.

What is the 12-word back up phrase or the Seed phrase

The 12-word backup phrase – also know as 12-words, “backup”, recovery phrase, mnemonic seed, “seed” – is a unique, randomly generated set of words, that are given to you when you create a wallet. The recovery phrase is used to derive, or generate, all the private keys, which are encrypted directly on your device. You have a private key for each of your assets (Bitcoin, Litecoin, Ethereum, etc), but a 12-word phrase has control of all of your private keys. This phrase gives you permanent access to your funds and, therefore, is the most important thing to take care of. 12-word seed phrase can help you to recover your funds if you ever lose access to the wallet installed on the device. You are the only one who will have access to your recovery phrase, and you will need it to retrieve your census wallet if your phone is ever lost or stolen, replaced, or your app deleted


With financial freedom comes personal responsibility. Here is a step-by-step guide with best practices for managing your private keys.

3.4.1- Get Your Back up Phrase

3.4.2- Write Down a Copy of Your Recovery Phrase

Write down the recovery phrase on a piece of paper and store it in a safe place. Do not take screenshots as you lose your phone, you may also lose your recovery phrase.

3.4.3- Backup Recovery Phrase

By carrying out the backup procedure, you will save the backup file of your wallet in the internal storage of your device. Make sure to store the backup file in a safe place!

3.4.4- Verify Your Phrase

Once you have stored a copy of your recovery phrase in a safe place, go to the next screen and type the words back into the app in the correct order, then press the “Confirm” button to verify your recovery phrase. If you typed it correctly, you will receive a confirmation notification.

3.5- Funding Your Wallet or Buy Crypto

Once you’ve set up your wallet and secured your recovery phrase, you’re ready to add funds and start investing. You can buy cryptocurrencies using the census wallet itself. Just in a few clicks – fast and reliable. To summarize, here are the ways to fund your Census wallet:
* Cryptocurrency: Any of the supported cryptocurrencies on Census
* Credit card or Debit card: Deposits using Mastercard or Visa are available for most of the world.
* Cash: Users can use and trade bitcoins person-to-person in an easy, fast, and secure way.

3.6- Earn Bitcoin

Become an Affiliate and Earn Cash Back Paid in Bitcoin!

Census Affiliate program provides you an opportunity to earn bitcoins. Census has launched an Affiliate Program for our customers. When you refer our card to someone and your contact buys a card with your referral link, you will receive 20% CASHBACK in Bitcoin! This way you can start not only spending but also earning crypto. Fill Out the Form to become a census affiliate.

3.7- How to Get a Census Wallet Address

Census Wallet assigns you BTC addresses automatically. Whenever you tap “send or receive,” button you will see the QR code related to your Bitcoin address.

3.8- Which Hardware Wallets Work with Census App?

All Tangem cards are designed to work with Census wallets. To learn more about it please visit this link.

3.9- Questions?

If you have further questions about how Census works that are not addressed here, please see our FAQs.