Moreover, it is now widely known as an accepted withdrawal and deposit option for African, Asian, European and LATAM online casinos with multiple major currencies like INR, BRL, USD, EUR, CAD, and more all available via the app ‘Currency exchange’.
The idea of using a digital card to deposit is to avoid placing your debit or credit card information on the casino website. Although online casinos are very safe and keep your details safe and secure, some people do not want to store this information in the casino payment area, while some people simply do not want casino transactions showing up on their credit or debit card statements.
How Does AstroPay Work?
The mobile app is one of the best ways to access the AstroPay network. Via this app, you will be able to send money to your AstroPay account, withdraw, and exchange foreign currencies. There are over 200 ways to send money to your AstroPay account, including Neteller, debit card, credit card, and/or bank transfer, to name a few.
Now, in essence, the AstroPay account is very similar to an eWallet in many respects because once you pay into it, you have a balance. The only real difference is when you make payments, you are not entering a username and password on the casino’s payments page. Instead, you create a ‘virtual card’ from your current AstroPay balance. You then head over to your online casino payments area, select AstroPay Card as your deposit method, then enter the amount on the digital card generated and the 16-digit code. The transaction will then clear and credit your account.
You can create these transactions using:
- Web browser (HTML5) access to your AstroPay account
- iOS download via the AppStore
- Android download via Google Play
AstroPay is fully PCI compliant and DSS certified. It runs off a highly secure 128-bit security encryption over the internet using HTTPS. The app is highly secure, with high-end encryption transacting with its network. It also adds an extra layer of security between your financial accounts and online casinos. For example, maybe you want to try out a new online casino, but you do not want to connect your main financial account with the casino, you can use the AstroPay Card.
On top of all this, Galactic Mark Limited (CN: 2282481), AP Global Corporation LLP (OC346322) and Larstal Limited (FRN: 901001) are the companies behind the brand. These are EMI authorised entities operating under the rules of the Financial Conduct Authority’s (FCA) 2011 Electronic Money Regulations.
Types of Services
You can store multiple currencies on your AstroPay accounts, so it is similar to a foreign exchange bureau or an eWallet on which you can store multiple currencies. The primary service is the ‘electronic digital card’ which creates a 16-digit code for payments or casino deposits, while you can also receive payments into your AstroPay account and withdraw to your bank or eWallet. Each service comes with a small fee attached.
- Currency exchange service
- Deposit into AstroPay
- Withdraw from AstroPay
- Use the 16-digit code to deposit/make payments
- Some casinos allow you to withdraw to your AstroPay account
Availability and Currencies
AstroPay Card is available in 6 continents with all major currencies accepted. EUR, CAD, INR, NZD, AUD, GBP, BRL, MXN, COP, and more. Once you have an account balance with AstroPay, you can convert currencies using the currency exchange given by the company. For example, if you are from India, and you want to play at an online casino that does not accept INR, you can convert to EUR or USD and then make your deposit with the casino.
Pros and cons of using AstroPay Card
AstroPay Card’s advantages outweigh the disadvantages by far:
- It is an anonymous way to deposit
- Casinos do not charge for AstroPay deposits
- Deposits to online casinos are instant
- Accepted by online casinos globally
- You can transact using currencies from all over the world
- Super quick sign-up process (less than 1 minute)
- Connect via internet browser, iOS app, or Android app
- Cryptocurrencies are not yet part of AstroPay
- Not all casinos accept AstroPay as a withdrawal option
- It is an extra step in the deposit process
AstroPay Frequently Asked Questions
Which countries is AstroPay available in?
AstroPay is officially available in regions - Asia Pacific, Middle East & Africa, South & Central America, Western and Central Europe. There are very few countries that the service is not available.
How do I access AstroPay?
You can access AstroPay via any web browser, thus giving you access via any desktop, laptop, tablet, and/or mobile operating system. You can also download an app version for iOS via the App Store and Android via the Google Play store.
Is AstroPay Safe?
Absolutely. It is regulated by the Financial Conduct Authority (FCA), which is a financial regulatory body in the UK. This ensures the company abides by high security standards, consumer rights laws, and privacy. As such, you can expect highly encrypted connections with little chance of being hacked.
Do online casinos charge fees when using AstroPay?
No. However, there is a small fee charged by AstroPay for creating your virtual 16-digit card. Aside from that, the casino deposit is free.
Do all online casinos accept AstroPay?
Not all, but nearly all. It is fast becoming a very popular way to make anonymous casino deposits.