Choose your Bitcoin wallet
Your Bitcoin wallet is what allows you to transact with other users. It gives you ownership of a Bitcoin balance so that you can send and receive bitcoins. Just like email, all wallets can interoperate with each other. Before you start with Bitcoin, be sure to read what you need to know first.
Get started fast and easy
- MultiBit is an app you can download for Windows, Mac and Linux.
- Bitcoin Wallet for Android runs on your phone or tablet.
Why be part of the Bitcoin network
You can choose between different kinds of lightweight wallets or a full Bitcoin client. The later uses more storage and bandwidth and can take a day or longer to synchronize. But there are benefits like increased privacy and security by not trusting other network nodes. Running full nodes is essential to protecting the network by checking and relaying transactions.
Desktop wallets are installed on your computer. They give you complete control over your wallet. You are responsible for protecting your money and doing backups.
Mobile wallets allow you to bring Bitcoin with you in your pocket. You can exchange bitcoins easily and pay in physical stores by scanning a QR code or using NFC "tap to pay".
Web wallets allow you to use Bitcoin on any browser or mobile and often offer additional services. However, you must choose your web wallet with care as they host your bitcoins.