Getting your hands on some AE is simple – AE tokens are easily accessible to everyone.
AE tokens have a wide variety of uses – you can tip others with AE tokens, send peer-to-peer payments, earn AE by participating in æternity bounties, or trade AE for crypto and fiat currency.
Here’s a breakdown of the different methods you can use to get AE tokens, depending on where you’re starting from.
1. Collect AE Tips Through Superhero
One of the easiest ways to gain AE tokens is through æternity’s new Superhero platform. Superhero is a free and fair social platform that features a peer-to-peer tipping tool through which anybody can support content creators or their favorite causes – without fees or third-party interference.
Superhero provides users with the opportunity to collect AE tokens as tips from social media platforms like Twitter or Youtube, any website, or anywhere else online – so long as the web page is publicly viewable.
Setting up your Superhero wallet is straightforward. Head to Superhero.com and install the Superhero browser extension, set up your personal .chain name, and start claiming tips! Chain names over 13 characters in length can be quickly and easily claimed with minimal fuss.
If you’re interested in a shorter .chain name, you’ll need to participate in .chain name auctions – join the community conversation about the æternity Blockchain naming system on the æternity forums to learn more!
You’ll also find a Superhero mobile wallet for both Android and iOS, as well as a Superhero button you can add to your website to instantly receive tips from visitors.
Superhero AE tipping pros and cons:
- No need to spend money!
- Get paid for the content you create
- No fees
- You’ll need an online presence, like a website, blog, or social media account, or platform to capture tips. Never too late to start building!
2. P2P payments with AE
Superhero isn’t the only wallet that supports AE tokens – you can receive, store, and send AE tokens with multiple crypto wallets, including Trust Wallet, Waellet, Arkane, and AirGap (which you can also use for instant swaps – more on this later).
Using these wallets, you can receive AE tokens from friends, family, customers, and clients by providing your AE wallet address. A major advantage of AE tokens for peer-to-peer payments is the æternity’s integrated naming system.
AE wallet chain names are human-readable addresses that are far easier to read and communicate than traditional cryptocurrency wallet addresses, making receiving and sending AE payments easier, simpler, and more efficient.
AE chain names look like this: youruniquechainname.chain
To claim your chain name, you can use the Base aepp, or set up a chain name through the Superhero wallet. If you’re interested in more details on how chain names work, take a look at this post in the æternity forum.
AE P2P payments pros and cons:
- Retain complete control over your AE tokens
- Human-readable wallet addresses – no long, complicated wallet addresses
- You’ll need to take a few minutes to set up an AE wallet
3. Get AE Tokens Fast with Instant Swaps
If you’ve already got some cryptocurrency, it’s possible to grab some AE tokens through instant swaps.
Head over to Jelly Swap and instantly exchange Bitcoin, Ethereum, DAI, or WBTC for AE tokens through atomic swaps.
Instant swap pros and cons:
- Fast and straightforward buying process
- Instantly exchange fiat currency for AE tokens
- You’ll need some cryptocurrency to exchange for AE tokens
4. Instant Swap AE Tokens on Your Smartphone with AirGap Wallet
Jelly Swap isn’t the only place you can instantly exchange other cryptocurrencies for AE Tokens. It’s also possible to swap a wide range of digital currencies for AE tokens via the AirGap wallet app.
AirGap is a highly secure smartphone wallet app that allows users to secure crypto assets on their smartphone. AirGap is a very clever app – rather than place your AE tokens or other cryptocurrencies on a centralized exchange “hot” wallet, the AirGap wallet allows users to manage crypto assets and sign connections completely offline, providing security on par with dedicated hardware wallets.
AirGap provides in-app cryptocurrency swaps between AE Tokens and Bitcoin, Ethereum, Tezos, tzBTC, Cosmos, Polkadot, XCHF, and Groestlcoin. The exchange functionality offered by AirGap is powered by Changelly and Change Now, with fees set by each respective platform.
AirGap Instant Swap Pros and Cons:
- Fast, easy AE token swaps
- Extremely secure wallet environment
- Simple smartphone app UI
- Exchange fees are set by Change Now & Changelly
- Instant swaps are performed by third-party exchanges, not cross-chain atomic swaps
5. Earn AE Tokens Through æternity Bounties
It’s possible to earn AE without buying by participating in æternity bounties. æternity regularly runs bounty campaigns that reward community members for tasks such as creating guides, participating in social media initiatives, assisting in development tasks, or through competitions.
For regular updates on active æternity bounty programs, check out the æternity blog.
AE token bounty rewards pros and cons:
- Get AE tokens for participating in the AE community!
- Bounty programs run intermittently and aren’t available all the time
Wait – What if I Don’t Have any Cryptocurrency to Exchange for AE Tokens?
If you’re eager to own AE tokens but you don’t have any crypto to exchange, you’ll need to trade some fiat currency – USD, EUR, GBP, etc – for cryptocurrency, or purchase AE tokens directly.
6. Buy AE Tokens Instantly With Credit Cards
You can buy AE tokens instantly via a credit or debit card via Changelly. To buy cryptocurrency with Changelly, you’ll need to create an account and complete a verification process in order to comply with Know Your Customer (KYC) and Anti-Money Laundering (AML) laws.
Once you’ve created a verified account with Changelly, you’ll be able to buy AE tokens and send them to your AE wallet.
Changelly instant credit card purchase pros and cons:
- Exchange fiat currency for AE with minimal fuss
- Higher fees than the other methods outlined in this guide
- KYC and AML verification process required
7. Buying AE Tokens Via Cryptocurrency Exchanges
It’s also possible to exchange fiat currency for AE tokens through a cryptocurrency exchange.
AE tokens are listed on multiple major cryptocurrency exchanges, including:
Buying AE tokens via cryptocurrency exchanges is similar to buying AE via Changelly, but involves a few extra steps. If you’re not already familiar with cryptocurrency exchanges, you’ll need to first create an account on a cryptocurrency exchange that allows users to fund accounts with fiat currency, such as Binance.
After creating a verified account on a crypto exchange, you’ll be able to fund your account through a variety of methods such as credit or debit card, bank transfer, or, in some cases, Western Union.
When your account is funded, you’ll be able to exchange fiat currency for cryptocurrency. In most cases, AE tokens are offered as pairs with major cryptocurrencies such as Bitcoin, so you may find that you’ll need to exchange fiat currency for Bitcoin, for example, and then trade that Bitcoin for AE tokens.
Once you’ve completed your trade, the exchange you’ve selected will make your AE tokens available in your exchange wallet, at which point you can transfer your AE to your personal AE wallet.
Cryptocurrency exchange pros and cons:
- Exchange virtually any currency for AE tokens
- Ease of use and customer support
- Excellent liquidity
- Centralized exchange structure can place your crypto at risk, should you choose to store it in your exchange wallet
- Cryptocurrency exchanges control your private keys
8. Can I Trade AE Tokens on Decentralized Exchanges?
Decentralized exchanges are cryptocurrency exchanges that aren’t controlled by a centralized company. Many crypto users prefer decentralized exchanges, or DEXs, because they are free from intermediaries and provide users with complete control over their wallet and private keys.
Getting started with decentralized exchanges can be somewhat complicated, but provides complete security when set up correctly. If you’re interested in decentralized AE token trading, you’ll find AE tokens listed on weiDex.
Decentralized exchange pros and cons:
- Completely decentralized
- Retain control over your private keys
- Decentralized exchanges are relatively new in the grand scheme of cryptocurrency markets, and thus offer less liquidity when compared to centralized exchanges
- Steep learning curve
There are many different ways to get AE tokens – you can earn AE through Superhero by creating content or capturing tips, participate in æternity bounty programs, buy AE tokens directly through Changelly, or trade crypto and fiat currency for AE on cryptocurrency exchanges.
Please feel free to comment and contribute your knowledge on the best ways to get AE tokens in your location. Share how they stack up based on speed, ease of use, fee costs, and conversion rates so that this wiki can be updated and curated together with the community.
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