Our Most Recommended Bitcoin (& Crypto) Wallets​

How to Buy Bitcoin, Litecoin, Ether/ETH or Bitcoin Cash at an Athena ATM

To store and transact with Bitcoin, Litecoin, Ethereum, or Bitcoin Cash, you need a wallet. This article is meant to be a great starting point for anyone new to cryptocurrency or looking to switch wallets.

There are several excellent wallet apps out there, but there are also fraudulent ones that can steal your funds. Because new entrants into this space are unfamiliar with the crypto wallet landscape, we wanted to share our most common recommendations. We cannot guarantee the safety or suitability of any app in the below list, but these are all popular, well-regarded, and well-tested solutions.

Note: We do not recommend custodial or bank-like apps such as Coinbase. Only non-custodial wallets like those below give you full control over your coins and tokens, as well as enhanced privacy.

Recommended mobile wallets for beginners
(and veterans alike)

Edge wallet for Android and Apple phones

Athena has a long history with Edge, beginning with their debut wallet app: Airbitz. We love their non-custodial username/password login system, easy 2FA, responsive customer support, and relatively advanced features packed into a very beginner-friendly design.

+ Multi-asset wallet app

+ Segwit enabled (for lower Bitcoin fees)

+ User/Pass for simple recovery if phone is lost

+ Can use an existing Athena or Airbitz account

+ Fine transaction fee control

+ Open source (code available for review)

+ Great customer service

 

– Occasional problems syncing individual wallets

 

Don’t forget to write down – on paper – your username and password!

https://edge.app

Exodus wallet for mobile phones and PCs

Similar to Edge, we use and love Exodus. Exodus has been released for both regular PCs (Windows, Mac, Linux) and mobile phones. Exodus features a gorgeous design but has fewer options for advanced users.

+ Multi-asset wallet app
+ Segwit/bech32 enabled (for lower Bitcoin fees)
+ Beautiful and responsive interface
+ You can sync your wallet between desktop and mobile versions of the app
+ Great customer service

– Not entirely open source

Don’t forget to write down – on paper – your 12-word recovery phrase!

https://www.exodus.com

Most secure wallets for higher-value or longer-term storage

Trezor hardware wallet (Model T & One shown)

Ledger hardware wallet (Nano X shown)

Almost nothing beats a hardware wallet for security and for improving your own best practices when conducting transactions.

 

It is recommended that you have a “hot” wallet for small amounts you use frequently – such as in Edge or Exodus – and then a “cold” wallet for larger savings in a Trezor or Ledger device (analogous to traditional bank checking and savings accounts).

 

These hardware wallets cost between $55 and $170 depending upon model. They force you to confirm transactions on the physical device, itself, and they keep your private keys away from an internet-connected phone or computer.

The Trezor has a quick, browser-based interface but relies primarily on having a desktop or laptop PC (though it will work through Google Chrome on Android) . The Ledger models work well on both Android phones and PCs with the Ledger Live app, or with Apple iPhones if you have the Nano X.

You can optionally use Exodus to connect with and manage a Trezor device on a PC. Bitcoin-only holders might prefer to use Electrum with either the Trezor or Ledger on a PC. Note: Physical security of your hardware wallet is also important. These devices cannot stop a dedicated attacker from stealing your funds if they have physical access to your Trezor or Ledger (when it is loaded with your seed).

Other Wallet App Highlights

Metamask (Android / iOS / browser-based)
* Ethereum (ETH)-only

+ Advanced wallet for ETH, ERC-20, ERC-721 and other tokens
+ Needed for interacting most effectively with Dapps and NFCs on Ethereum, plus access to DeFi exchanges built on top of Ethereum
+ Integrated browser for interacting with many Dapp websites
+ Most popular “Web 3.0” or smart contract wallet for Ethereum with a good interface and many features

– May be overwhelming for new crypto users

Phoenix (Android-only / iOS expected)
* Bitcoin (BTC)-only

+ Lightning-native wallet, meaning that all bitcoin controlled by the wallet are stored in Lightning Network channels and not regular on-chain outputs
+ Can still receive bitcoin to a regular address and still send bitcoin to regular addresses
+ Ability to pay Lightning Network invoices for instant BTC payments with incredibly low fees
+ Ability to receive Lightning Network payments by sharing your own invoices
+ Tor support

– Still somewhat experimental

Samourai (Android-only)
* Bitcoin (BTC)-only

+ Advanced, privacy-focused wallet
+ Segwit/bech32 enabled (for lower fees)
+ Tor support
+ Open source (code available for review)

– Mainly for experienced users

Sentinel (Android-only) by Samourai Wallet
* Bitcoin (BTC)-only

+ Watch-only / view-only app to track offline, cold, or hardware wallet addresses and accounts
+ No private keys needed at all, even for generating new receiving addresses!
+ XPUB/YPUB/ZPUB support
+ Tor support

– Basic interface

Final Notes

  • Always make a backup of the username/password or 12+ word seed/recovery phrase from these wallets whenever you create a new one! Write the backup down on paper and store it safely. Don’t take screenshots or save your backup in an unencrypted file. Your backup is the only way to recover your funds if something happens to your device.

  • The safest crypto storage is not on your phone. Use hardware wallets such as the Trezor or Ledger to store larger amounts of crypto assets.

  • Questions about setting up a wallet? Feel free to call or message us. You can also reach us here.