2. Search and download Coinomi.
3. Open the app and write down your 24-words recovery phrase. Very important, this will be the back up to your wallet!
4. Set a strong password
5. Add bitcoin to your wallet
6. Use your receiving address to receive bitcoin
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What’s a bitcoin receiving address?
A receiving address is similar to your bank account number. Each bitcoin wallet has a unique bitcoin receiving address. You can share this bitcoin address with others to let them know how to send coins to your wallet.
A BTC address is alphanumeric and always starts with a 1 or a 3. This is an example of a receiving address: 3FZbgi29cpjq2GjdwV8eyHuJJnkLtktZc5.
A common question is how to get a BTC address. Each wallet automatically generates a bitcoin address.
If you’ve just created a new wallet, then you have a unique bitcoin address right away. When you enter this address on our order form, we’ll know where to send the coins to.
A new bitcoin address is not only generated once you’ve created a new wallet, but after each transaction as well. And for a good reason: when your address regularly changes, your privacy on the network is better protected.
Would you like to use your old bitcoin address again? No problem! Each address on which you have previously received bitcoin, can be used again.
It doesn’t matter if someone sends coins to your most recent address or to your oldest address- the bitcoins will arrive in the same wallet. In most wallets all generated addresses can be found in the transaction history.
For receiving as well as sending bitcoin, always copy and paste the receiving address. This lowers the risk of making a mistake.
Do Not write or type the address.
All cryptocurrency transactions are irreversible; once the coins have been sent, there’s no way of getting them back.
How do I receive or send bitcoin?
When buying or receiving bitcoin, you use the receiving address from your wallet. We can’t emphasise it enough: copy and paste this address, do not write or type it. A bitcoin receiving address is similar to your personal bank account number on which you receive your bitcoin. But where do you find your bitcoin receiving address?
The receiving address
First, log on to your wallet. In most wallets, the receiving address can be found under the button ‘Receive’.
There are wallets in which a bitcoin receiving address will automatically change once it has been used for a transaction.
This is in consideration of your privacy. But don’t worry; ‘old’ receiving addresses will always stay valid and linked to your wallet.
For receiving bitcoin in your wallet, Be sure to copy the receiving address from your wallet, and paste it on the BTC Direct order form. This way we’ll know which wallet to send the coins to.
Sending bitcoin is just as easy! Click on ‘Send’ in your wallet. Enter the receiving address you’ve copied from the recipient. Fill in how much you would like to send, and confirm.
Creating a bitcoin wallet backup
When you create a bitcoin wallet, it’s important to make a backup as well. This way you ensure you will always have access to your wallet, and thus your bitcoin.
Most wallets show a series of 12 or 24 randomly generated words. This is called a seed phrase or a recovery seed, and it functions as a backup for your wallet. Write this seed down with pen and paper, and store it in a safe place.
Do not store it digitally or online, since this makes it vulnerable to hacking.
If you should ever lose your wallet login credentials, you can use the backup to regain access to your coins.
Just like you keep your physical wallet safe, you protect your cryptocurrency wallet. If your wallet isn’t secure enough, hackers could steal your coins.
Luckily, there are a multitude of ways to secure your wallet. Take your time to go over the following tips:
Never store your backup details digitally
Write down the following details of your wallet provider on a piece of paper: login name, password, recovery seed. Store this safely.
Don’t take a picture with your phone. A mobile device has a constant connection to the internet. This makes it easier for hackers to access your wallet.
When possible, choose Two Factor Authentication (2-FA)
This may sound complicated, but 2-FA simply means you log in with several devices. Why is this useful? With 2-FA hackers can’t access your wallet with just your password.
In order to access your wallet, a code is also required. This code could be sent to you by SMS or through an app such as Google Authenticator. We recommend to enable both options for maximum security.
When you’ve enabled 2-FA through SMS you will receive an SMS with a unique code on your phone every time you log in.
To enable 2-FA through SMS you’ll have to enter your phone number in the safety settings of your wallet. This means you’ll need both your phone and your password to access your wallet.
You can find the Google Authenticator app in the App Store (iOS) or Google Play Store (Android). To connect the app to your wallet you’ll need to scan a QR code in your wallet. You can find the code in the safety settings.
Make sure to backup the QR code by printing it in case you lose your phone. Once the app is connected to your wallet it generates a new six digit code every thirty seconds. To access your wallet you’ll need to enter the code.
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