There are several options for buying Bitcoin (or a number of other cryptocurrencies) that range from easy to slightly complicated.

We’ll cover the major ways here:

  1. Hosted Wallet Service
  2. ATM
  3. Direct Deposit Service
  4. LocalBitcoins.com

Hosted Wallet Service

Using an exchange or hosted wallet service like Coinbase, CoinMama, or QuadrigaCX is probably the easiest method.

You simply need to create an account, provide a couple of pieces of ID, and link a payment source.

All of this can be done through either the website or a dedicated app and generally only takes a few minutes.

A word of caution: as the name suggests, a hosted wallet service is one where your cryptocurrency is managed by a 3rd party.

If you want to ensure you maintain 100% control of your funds, you will want to transfer your newly purchased crypto to your own wallet. This can be in the form of a software wallet like Jaxx or a hardware wallet like the Ledger Nano S.

ATM

This method requires only 2 things:

  1. You have a wallet address.
  2. You physically go to the ATM location.

Yep, pretty simple.

Whether you’re using a hardware wallet or software wallet, hosted or self-managed, you’ll need a deposit address ready when you make your purchase.

Generally speaking, it’s as simple as providing your phone number, deposit address, and some cash. (Your phone number is only needed to confirm the transaction.)

Direct Deposit Service

This is pretty much the same as using an ATM except you don’t need to physically go anywhere but you will need to use a credit card or other source of funding besides cash.

Services like Changelly let you buy with either a credit card or other cryptocurrencies.

As with ATMs, you’ll need a deposit address to receive your funds.

LocalBitcoins.com

This is a category on it’s own.

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LocalBitcoins.com is a service that offers escrow for Bitcoin exchanges between people. It supports both in-person meetups (for cash exchanges) or bank-to-bank transaction (such as Email Money Transfers).

Offers are provided by locality (hence the name), so, you’re able to find people close to you with whom to conduct business.

Finishing Up

Buying Bitcoin (or other cryptocurrencies) is pretty straightforward and there are several ways of doing so.

Keep in mind that it’s safer to control your own wallet, whether it’s software-based or a hardware walllet.

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