How to Buy Bitcoin
Learn the basics of Bitcoin buying and holding with this step-by-step guide.
- Bitcoin purchases can be made through brokerages, exchanges, and peer-to-peer marketplaces.
- Common payment methods for purchasing Bitcoin are bank transfers, credit/debit cards, and other cryptocurrencies.
- Where to store purchased Bitcoin must also be considered; cold and hot wallets each have their pros and cons.
- Staying up to date of industry developments and trends helps in making informed, safe decisions when participating in the cryptocurrency market.
Bitcoin is a decentralised digital currency that can be sent directly from one person to another without needing a third-party intermediary. It’s powered by a network of miners who validate and secure transactions, and its transaction history is recorded on an immutable public ledger, called a blockchain.
Learn what Bitcoin is, the system behind it, and the basics of navigating the original cryptocurrency.
Where to Buy Bitcoin
Those interested in joining the Bitcoin community have several options when it comes to making their first purchase:
- Brokerages are an intermediary between buyers and sellers, providing an efficient platform for building a cryptocurrency portfolio. They often provide other financial services. The Crypto.com App is a brokerage utilised by over 80 million users.
- Centralised exchanges (CEXs) allow users to trade digital currencies with one another. They typically offer advanced features, such as leveraged or automated trading, for experienced cryptocurrency users or institutions. A notable example is the Crypto.com Exchange, which supports popular Bitcoin trading pairs.
- Decentralised exchanges (DEXs) let users buy and sell cryptocurrencies without a third-party service provider, which means users are responsible for managing their private keys. For example, the Crypto.com DeFi Wallet is a non-custodial app where users can store and purchase digital assets, plus access decentralised apps (dapps).
For more about the differences between centralised and decentralised cryptocurrency platforms, read What Is a Crypto DEX?
Steps to Buy Bitcoin
For most cryptocurrency platforms, like the Crypto.com App, the first step is creating an account, which requires providing an email address and phone number, plus completing identity verification. This KYC (know your customer) process varies by jurisdiction but usually involves submitting a valid form of identification.
Once the identity documents are verified, it’s time to decide on a payment method. Frequently accepted are fiat currencies, credit/debit cards, Apple Pay, Google Pay, and other cryptocurrencies, depending on the cryptocurrency platform and user region.
Visit the Help Centre for comprehensive guides on buying cryptocurrency.
Bitcoin Buying Strategies
There are different strategies amongst traders on how and when to buy Bitcoin. Below are two important ones to know:
Buying at the Lowest Price
Traders who employ this strategy try to ‘time the market’ and buy Bitcoin at the lowest price. On some cryptocurrency platforms, this can also be automated, so that the user does not need to constantly monitor the price. This can be helpful insofar as — let’s not forget — cryptocurrency trades 24 hours a day, seven days a week.
For example, the Target Price feature in the Crypto.com App allows users to place Buy and Sell Orders for Bitcoin when it hits a set price. If the market conditions are right, traders can buy Bitcoin at their preferred, lower price and later automatically sell it at a higher price without having to track its price movements.
Dollar Cost Averaging
If the buyer is looking to HODL, then the entry price may not matter as much, and buying a lump sum of any asset can be risky. To minimise the risk of price fluctuations, buyers can consider adopting the Dollar Cost Averaging (DCA) strategy, which involves purchasing smaller amounts of Bitcoin at regular intervals over time.
For example, the Recurring Buy feature in the Crypto.com App lets users do just that.
To learn more about Bitcoin trading, check out our introductory article.
Storing Bitcoin and Bitcoin Wallets
Another decision to make when buying Bitcoin is how it will be stored. There are two main types of Bitcoin wallets that fulfil this purpose: hot wallets and cold wallets.
Hot wallets are connected to the internet, making the user’s cryptocurrency more accessible on a daily basis, whether for spending or trading. Security, regulatory compliance, and privacy should be top of mind when deciding on a hot wallet provider.
Cold wallets are physical, offline devices that hold the private keys used to access the cryptocurrency. They are not vulnerable to software attacks but may not be suitable for beginners. Learn more about the pros and cons of these hardware wallets and what to consider.
Read our essential security tips on how to keep Bitcoin, wallets, and accounts safe.
After acquiring Bitcoin, holders want to make sure they always have the option to easily sell it for other cryptocurrencies or fiat currencies. In cryptocurrency trading, this is also called an off-ramp — the option to convert crypto back into fiat currency. Reputable platforms allow users to sell their Bitcoin for fiat at any time — commonly either by bank transfer or paying it back onto a registered credit/debit card. Before buying Bitcoin on any platform, it’s a good idea to check the platform’s off-ramp options.
For detailed guides on how to sell Bitcoin and other cryptocurrencies on Crypto.com, visit the Help Centre.
Final Words — Buying Bitcoin for the First Time
Acquiring Bitcoin for the first time is an exciting process. Before proceeding, it’s crucial to consider the risks and conduct thorough research. Staying up to date with industry developments and trends aids in making informed decisions when participating in the cryptocurrency market. Additionally, following news outlets and regulatory changes gives insight into how prices might be affected.
Due Diligence and Do Your Own Research
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Frequently Asked Questions
Unlike traditional currencies, cryptocurrencies are not backed by a physical commodity or government, and their value is determined by market demand and supply. Cryptocurrencies can be used to buy goods and services, transfer funds, and trade in markets. Popular cryptocurrencies include Bitcoin, Ethereum, Litecoin, Ripple, and Cronos.
Many cryptocurrencies, like Bitcoin, are created through a process called mining, which involves solving complex mathematical equations to validate and record transactions on a blockchain. This mechanism is also called Proof of Work (PoW). Another consensus mechanism that has increased in popularity — as it is more energy efficient — is Proof of Stake (PoS). Instead of mining, PoS relies on network participants validating transactions. Ethereum, the second-largest cryptocurrency, uses this consensus mechanism.
Unlike traditional fiat currency, which is controlled by central banks and governments, Bitcoin operates independently of any central authority. Transactions are verified and recorded on the blockchain, which is a distributed ledger that maintains a permanent and transparent record of all transactions.
Bitcoin can be bought, sold, and exchanged on various cryptocurrency exchanges, and it can be used to purchase goods and services from merchants that accept Bitcoin as a form of payment. The supply of bitcoins is limited to 21 million units, and new bitcoins are created through mining, which involves using specialized computer hardware to solve complex mathematical equations.
Bitcoin is known for its high volatility, and its value can fluctuate rapidly in response to market conditions, news events, and other factors. Many traders, including institutional investors, see Bitcoin as a store of value and a way to participate in the growing cryptocurrency ecosystem.
- Brokerage services: Crypto brokers allow users to simply buy and sell cryptocurrencies. A popular example is the Crypto.com App, trusted by over 80 million users. It is available at the Apple Store and on Google Play.
- Cryptocurrency exchanges: These are online platforms where users can buy, sell, and trade cryptocurrencies using fiat currency or other cryptocurrencies. They offer more complex functions compared to a crypto brokerage, adding trading instruments like crypto derivatives. The Crypto.com Exchange is an example of a popular crypto exchange.
- Peer-to-peer (P2P) marketplaces: These are platforms where buyers and sellers can directly trade cryptocurrencies without the involvement of a third-party exchange. This is also known as DeFi, short for decentralized finance. Multiple P2P crypto marketplaces can be accessed all in one app via the Crypto.com DeFi Wallet.
- Choose a crypto platform to use, like the Crypto.com Exchange or Crypto.com App.
- Create an account on the chosen platform by providing personal information and ID verification, also known as ‘Know Your Customer’ (KYC) procedures.
- Deposit fiat currency or another cryptocurrency into the newly created account. The Crypto.com App supports bank transfers, credit cards, debit cards, and cryptocurrency transfers to buy crypto, depending on region.
- Navigate to the ‘Buy’ section of the Crypto.com Exchange or App and select the crypto to buy.
- Enter the amount of cryptocurrency to buy and confirm the transaction.
- The crypto will be deposited into the account. From here, it can be transferred to other crypto wallets or converted back to fiat currency and paid out to a bank account.
- Choose a reputable cryptocurrency platform that supports Bitcoin trading. Popular options include the Crypto.com App and the Crypto.com Exchange.
- Create an account on the chosen platform and complete the KYC verification process, which may require providing personal identification documents.
- Fund an account using a bank transfer, credit/debit card, or other cryptocurrency, depending on region.
- Navigate to the ‘Buy’ section of the platform and select Bitcoin as the cryptocurrency to buy.
- Enter the amount of bitcoin to buy, or the amount of fiat or cryptocurrency to spend.
- Review the transaction details and confirm the purchase.
- Once the transaction is complete, the bitcoin will be deposited into the chosen account. From here, the funds can be transferred to other crypto wallets or converted back to fiat currency and paid out to a bank account.
- Choose a cryptocurrency exchange that supports trading. A popular option is the Crypto.com Exchange.
- Create an account on the chosen platform and perform ID verification, known as KYC (‘Know Your Customer’).
- Deposit funds into the newly created account using a supported payment method. The Crypto.com Exchange supports bank transfers and credit/debit cards.
- Navigate to the trading section of the platform and select the cryptocurrency pair to trade.
- Choose whether to buy or sell the cryptocurrency, and enter the amount to trade.
- Set the preferred price and order type. There are several types of orders, including market orders, limit orders, stop orders, and crypto options, which allow users to buy or sell at a specific price or under certain conditions.
- Submit the trade order and wait for it to be executed. Depending on market conditions, the trade may be filled immediately, or it may take time to be filled.
- Monitor trades and adjust strategies as necessary.
It is crucial to note that trading cryptocurrency carries risk, and it is important to trade only what you can afford to lose.
- Mining: Cryptocurrency mining involves using specialized computer hardware to solve complex mathematical equations that validate transactions on a blockchain network. Successful miners are rewarded with newly minted cryptocurrency for their efforts.
- Staking/Lockups: Staking and lockups involve holding or locking up a certain amount of cryptocurrency in a wallet or on a platform to support the operations of the blockchain network. Stakers are rewarded with new cryptocurrency as a form of interest for their support.
- Trading: Trading cryptocurrency involves buying and selling cryptocurrencies on exchanges or other trading platforms. Those who have a good understanding of market trends and are able to make informed trading decisions can earn profits through trading.
- Airdrops: Airdrops are free distributions of cryptocurrency to users who meet certain criteria or participate in promotional activities.
- Crypto Projects: Some blockchain projects offer rewards or bounties for users who contribute to their development or community. This can include activities like bug bounties, testing, or content creation.
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