Nowadays, you can deposit cash at ATMs with a reasonable degree of confidence (which means no more banker’s hours).
How to make ATM deposits
The process for depositing cash at an ATM varies from bank to bank. First, confirm that your ATM accepts deposits. Generally, you’ll use your debit card and PIN to access your account, then select which account to deposit to. Some ATMs read and count the bills as you insert them, while others require you to enclose cash in an envelope (a bank employee will count the amount later). The ATM should indicate which method you’ll use. If the ATM requires an envelope, they’re generally provided next to the machine.
Fill out the envelope as indicated, insert your cash, then seal it and feed it into the machine. Before you leave the ATM, confirm that the machine deposited the correct amount to the right account.
ATM deposits are convenient, but the funds might not be available in your account immediately after making a deposit—even though you’re depositing cash. Most policies (and federal law) allow banks to hold funds for an extra day, and the hold can last longer, depending on who owns the ATM. If you need money quickly, in-person deposits are best.