Frequently Asked Questions


Currently in beta, Worldcoin is building the largest, most inclusive identity and financial public utility that will be owned by everyone regardless of their country, background or economic status.

How it works:

  • World ID
    a privacy-preserving digital identity designed to help solve important, identity-based challenges, including proving an individual’s unique personhood
  • Worldcoin
    the first token to be globally and freely distributed to people just for being a unique individual.
  • World App
    an app that enables payment, purchases and transfers globally using the Worldcoin token, digital assets and traditional currencies.

To sign up for World ID, follow these three steps:

  1. Step 1: Download the World App from the App Store or Google Play
  2. Step 2: Follow the prompts to find a local Worldcoin Operator who can verify your unique personhood
  3. Step 3: Receive your World ID in your World App and use it in a wide variety of everyday applications without revealing your identity

The project is currently working to onboard Worldcoin Operators in additional locations. Please continue to check back regularly in the World App if a Worldcoin Operator is not immediately available near you.

Orb & Worldcoin Operators

The Orb is an imaging device that verifies you are real and have not previously signed up for Worldcoin. It is necessary because it is the only secure way of reliably determining uniqueness and personhood while also preserving the privacy of everyone who signs up.

The Orb checks that an individual is real and is unique or has not previously signed up for Worldcoin. It does this by capturing and processing images of an individual and their unique iris pattern. Since no two people have the same iris pattern and these patterns are very hard to fake, the Orb can accurately tell people apart from one another without having to collect any other information about them—not even their name.

No. The Orb complies with the specifications set forth in the international standard which includes eye safety (IEC-62741). As Worldcoin updates the technology it uses to verify uniqueness and personhood, the project will continue to ensure safety and privacy are at the center of all advancements.

No. Anyone can create a Worldcoin wallet or use the World App.

Worldcoin Operators are individuals who operate Orbs all around the world and can earn Worldcoin or fiat currency for every user that they help verify. The Operators are not Worldcoin employees and run their operations independently while being expected to follow a strict Code of Conduct that emphasizes complying with laws and protecting the public.

Download the App to locate a Worldcoin Operator near you.

Visit the Worldcoin Operator application here and apply!


The best ways to receive the latest information about Worldcoin is to sign up for a World ID, to download the World App or to subscribe to our email updates. Alternatively, follow Worldcoin on Twitter or Discord.

Data Privacy & Security

No personal data is required to download and use World App and its related wallet.

Individuals who want a verified World ID are not required to share any personal data with Worldcoin, other than images of them collected by the Orb. These images are used to generate a unique iris code and by default are immediately deleted once the iris code is created, unless the user opts in to Data Custody. Opting into Data Custody will decrease the probability and frequency of reverification as the algorithms change. Worldcoin users may choose to share additional data with us, however this is never required. As an example, a user may provide their email address to sign up for the Worldcoin newsletter.

Importantly, Worldcoin does not, and never will, sell anyone’s personal data, including biometric data. Worldcoin is only interested in an individual’s uniqueness - i.e., that they have not previously signed up for Worldcoin.

To learn more about how Worldcoin approaches data collection, handling and privacy, visit the protocol’s privacy page here or blog.

No - Worldcoin does not and never will. Worldcoin does not share any personal data (including biometric data) with anyone who is not directly working on or assisting with the Worldcoin project. Read more about Worldcoin’s commitments to privacy in the Privacy Notice and the Worldcoin blog.

No. Worldcoin never has and never will sell any personal data. Read more about how Worldcoin approaches data collection, handling and privacy in our Privacy Notice and the Worldcoin blog.

Yes. All data is encrypted in transit and at rest. Read more about how Worldcoin approaches data collection, handling and privacy in our Privacy Notice.


Worldcoin is a decentralized open source protocol supported by a global community of developers, economists and technologists committed to expanding participation in, and access to, the global digital economy. By creating a public utility, ownership will belong to everyone. The Worldcoin Foundation is the initial steward of the protocol, and will support and grow the Worldcoin community until it becomes self-sufficient.

The best ways to stay up-to-date on all Worldcoin developments are to either sign up for Worldcoin or subscribe to our email updates. Alternatively, follow Worldcoin on Twitter or Discord. Updates will also be available via the Worldcoin blog.

Individuals interested in working at Worldcoin should visit the careers page for information regarding open positions.

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