Free bitcoin wallets are available for all major operating systems and devices to serve a variety of your needs. For example, you can install an app on your mobile device, or have a wallet only for online payments on your computer. In any case, choosing a wallet is quick and easy.

Mobile Wallets

A mobile wallet runs as an app on your smartphone — storing your private keys and allowing you to pay for things directly from your phone. This is a great option for those looking to use bitcoin on a daily basis to pay for goods and services or face-to-face trading. It

Web Wallets

Web wallets (or “e-wallets”) store your private keys on a server that’s constantly online and controlled by a third party. Different services offer different features — some of which can link to mobile and desktop wallets and replicate your addresses across the devices you own.

Much like mobile wallets, e-wallets enable users to access their funds on the go from any internet-connected device. If not properly protected, the organizations running the website might gain access to your private keys, thus gaining total control of your funds. Some e-wallets operate on exchanges, and there have been instances of exchanges shutting down and making off with their users’ funds.