How to Get a Bitcoin Address

What is my Bitcoin Wallet Address?

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To make things easier to understand, let’s go over step-by-step:

How to create a Bitcoin wallet so you can get a Bitcoin address; How to find your public wallet address (and private keys, which you won’t share); What to do once you have your Bitcoin address; How to back up your wallet to secure your funds.

Step 1: Choose a Wallet App

First things first. You need a mobile wallet app to set up your wallet in. You can choose any digital wallet app, and the steps will be similar from here forward.

Step 2: Create a Wallet

Most digital wallet apps will be similar to this process, but we’ll walk through what you would do specifically with the Coin Cloud Wallet app.

Add Wallet

On the home screen you will see the wallets you’ve already created. If you don’t have any, or you want to create a new one, choose Settings on the upper right and scroll down to Wallets. Touch + Add Wallet.

Basic Wallet

You’ll have the choice to create a Basic or Shared Wallet, Join a Shared Wallet or Import an existing wallet. Just choose Basic Wallet for now.

Step 3: Get Your Address

To get your public bitcoin address — for example, so somebody can send you money — tap on the wallet you just created from the home screen.

Receive

Tap on **Receive” at the bottom of the wallet screen to display your bitcoin wallet address. You will see a long, complicated string of letters and numbers (usually 34 digits), which is your bitcoin wallet address. You will also see a QR code below it.

Copy Address

If you need the address to give somebody online, touch the Copy symbol to the left of the address and paste it where you need it to go.

Get a New Address

To generate a new bitcoin wallet address, touch the Refresh symbol to the right of your address.

4. Back up Your Wallet

To back up your bitcoin wallet and make sure you can retrieve the funds in case you lose your phone or uninstall the wallet app, you MUST back it up and take note of your private keys.

Get your 12-Word Pass Phrase

Choose Settings > Wallets, which will take you to the Wallet Key Settings page.

Public vs Private Keys

We’re going to go deeper into this in a separate post tomorrow, but just know this: you can share your Public Keys, which is the same as the Bitcoin Wallet Address or Public Bitcoin Address. That lets people send you money or check your transactions on the blockchain.

Access your Extended Private Key

To see or copy that 64-digit private key, choose Settings > Advanced > Extended Private Key.

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