Software Wallets

Desktop Wallets

Exodus

Exodus is a relatively new and unknown digital wallet that is currently only available on the desktop. It enables the storage and trading of Bitcoin, Ether, Litecoins, Dogecoins and Dash through an incredibly easy to use, intuitive and beautiful interface. Exodus also offers a very simple guide to backup your wallet. One of the great things about Exodus is that it has a built-in shapeshift exchange that allows users to trade altcoins for bitcoins and vice versa without leaving the wallet.

  • Pros: Good privacy & security, beginner friendly, intuitive, easy to use, in-wallet trading, supports multiple currencies, open source software, free.
  • Cons: Hot wallet, no web interface or mobile app

 

Copay

Created by Bitpay, Copay is one of the best digital wallets on the market. If you’re looking for convenience, Copay is easily accessed through a user-friendly interface on desktop, mobile or online. One of the best things about Copay is that it’s a multi-signature wallet so friends or business partners can share funds. Overall, Copay has something for everyone. It’s simple enough for entry-level users but has plenty of additional geeky features that will impress more experienced players as well.

  • Pros: Good privacy & security, multisig transactions, multiple platforms & devices, multiple wallet storage, beginner friendly, open source software, free
  • Cons: Can be slow & unresponsive, limited user support

 

Jaxx

Jaxx is a multi-currency Ether, Ether Classic, Dash, DAO, Litecoin, REP, Zcash, Rootstock, Bitcoin wallet and user interface. Jaxx has been designed to deliver a smooth Bitcoin and Ethereum experience. It is available on a variety of platforms and devices (Windows, Linux, Chrome, Firefox, OSX, Android mobile & tablet, iOS mobile & tablet) and connects with websites through Firefox and Chrome extensions. Jaxx allows in wallet conversion between Bitcoin, Ether and DAO tokens via Shapeshift and the import of Ethereum paper wallets. With an array of features and the continual integration of new currencies, Jaxx is an excellent choice for those who require a multi-currency wallet.

  • Pros: Good privacy & security, Multi-currency, wallet linking across multiple platforms, great user support, feature rich, user-friendly, free.
  • Cons: Code is not open source, can be slow to load.

 

Armory

Armory is an open source Bitcoin desktop wallet perfect for experienced users that place emphasis on security. Some of Armory’s features include cold storage, multi-signature transactions, one-time printable backups, multiple wallets interface, GPU-resistant wallet encryption, key importing, key sweeping and more. Although Armory takes a little while to understand and use to it’s full potential, it’s a great option for more tech-savvy bitcoiners looking to keep their funds safe and secure.

  • Pros: Good privacy, great security features, multi-signature options, solid cold storage options, free.
  • Cons: Only accessible via the desktop client, not for beginners.

 

Web wallets

Green Address

Green Address is a user-friendly Bitcoin wallet that’s an excellent choice for beginners. Green Address is accessible via desktop, online or mobile with apps available for Chrome, iOS, and Android. Features include multi-signature addresses & two-factor authentications for enhanced security, paper wallet backup, and instant transaction confirmation. A downside is that Green Address is required to approve all payments, so you do not have full control over your spending.

  • Pros: Solid security, multi-platform & device, multi-sig, beginner-friendly, open source software, free.
  • Cons: Hot wallet, average privacy, the third party must approve payments.

 

Blockchain (dot) info

Blockchain is one of the most popular Bitcoin wallets. Accessing this wallet can be done from any browser or smartphone. Blockchain.info provides two different additional layers. For the browser version, users can enable two-factor authentication, while mobile users can activate a pin code requirement every time the wallet application is opened. Although your wallet will be stored online and all transactions will need to go through the company’s servers, Blockchain.info does not have access to your private keys. Overall, this is a well-established company that is trusted throughout the Bitcoin community and makes for a solid wallet to keep your currency.

  • Pros: Good security, easy to use web & mobile interface, well-known & trusted company, beginner friendly, free.
  • Cons: Hot wallet, weak privacy, third party trust required, has experienced outages.

Coinbase wallet

Coinbase is one of the larger Bitcoin ecosystems offering a full service across wallets, exchanges to merchant payment software. The wallet advantage of this is that transactions can be done off the blockchain although this does detract from the main ethos of Bitcoin.  Using Coinbase is a good experience but does mean you are trusting a third party with your Bitcoins unless you use their vault service. Essentially the banking industry form of security boxes in a safe.

  • Pros: Good security, easy to use web & mobile interface, well-known & trusted company, beginner friendly, free.
  • Cons: Hot wallet, weak privacy, third party trust required, has experienced outages.

Mobile Wallets

Electrum

(Android only)

Electrum is a bitcoin-only wallet.

Electrum has mentioned an iOS app in the works but is currently only available on Android and desktop. This wallet supports cold storage with private keys that never leave the device. You can still go online with a watching-only wallet.

They offer multisig, interface with popular hardware wallets like Trezor, and support for third-party plugins. This free wallet is open-source with verifiable security and redundant servers that offer a no-downtime experience.

Mycelium

(iOS & Android)

Mycelium is one of those tried and true wallets, having been tested by hundreds of thousands of users over the course of years. Although they have experienced some bugs with the iOS app, which is somewhat of a recent release, they are highly-rated for both Android and desktop.

They support many of the features hardcore bitcoiners care about like integrations–including with Trezor hardware–an exchange in-wallet, watch-only addresses, and more. They are also working on blockchain-based fiat accounts and even linked debit cards.

Coinomi

(Android, iOS coming soon)

Coinomi is an open-source, multi-asset crypto wallet with broad support for all the latest cryptocurrencies and tokens. You can exchange them from within the interface using ShapeShift. It supports multiple languages, and they offer a lot of security and anonymity.

With Coinomi, there is no transaction tracking, no identity association nor IP linking, and your IP is filtered through their servers for extra anonymity.