Guide Wallets

There are dozens of wallets to choose from when it comes to protecting your private keys. Hardware, software, metal, paper, each with its own tradeoffs. Remember: if you don’t have your own private keys, you don’t actually own bitcoin – you only own one promissory note for BTC!

We consider that each user is free to use any wallet that suits him better, each with its use, with its functionalities and specifications. But what you have to keep in mind is just one single “law”: Not Your Keys = Not Your Bitcoins. Here we are going to put a list of purses that this law respects and that we have tested and used ourselves.

But I’m sure that there are still people who come to say: but someone has “recommended” such a wallet app, I have heard that it is good … but it is not on this list. To all those who ask this question I give a simple answer: they are NOT here on this list because ARE NOT WORTH MENTIONING or worse they have been shown that they can steal your BTC / keys / have bugs / they are not reliable. This is why we are NOT going to mention it here. We don’t waste time with garbage. Bitcoin is a very serious thing and we treat it very seriously. Yes, it is true, there are many more wallet apps, but these here are the ones that are best for beginners. When you are already going to have a high level of knowledge about Bitcoin, apps, scams, deceptions, technology, etc. then you can test yourself what you want for your own responsibility. But for now we, as “teachers” for beginners, have a duty to give you the correct information without hurting ourselves from the beginning.

  • Do NOT use wallet apps that do not provide you with recovery data; These wallets are likely to control your keys.
  • Stay away from wallet apps that are NOT open source. Closed source apps usually can hide parts of code that can be harmful in a future, in special with money, you should be careful. Bellow you have some links about scrutinity of these wallet apps.
  • Do NOT use paper wallets unless you are a power user who understands all the risks.
  • Do NOT use web wallets (eg bitaddress.org) in which the wallet keys are generated online
  • Do NOT store large amounts of value in single signature purses.
  • Protect your wallets with security techniques, here is a guide on how to protect your wallets
  • Make sure your heirs know how to get their purses back without you!
  • Please note that beginners are NOT recommended to use the Bitcoin Core wallet. If you want to use a wallet backed by a full validation node that you run, read How to Protect Your Financial Sovereignty.
  • If you want to have the same wallet in more than one application, follow the steps explained in this example.

A common practice for newbies:

  • let new portfolios mature for at least one year before entrusting larger amounts to them
  • this will allow bugs and vulnerabilities to be discovered
  • use multiple wallets
  • don’t complicate things too much
  • practice wearing, get comfortable

Here are also some comparison lists of wallets, made by specialists in mobile applications and Bitcoin. Thus, each one can analyze each wallet model in more detail:

MOBILE WALLETS:

Click on the wallet icon to see details of the practical guide for use. If you only want to download, click on the icon corresponding to your mobile OS type:

BlueWallet
Onchain/LN, Marketplace,
buy/sell, multisig
Website Official
Tutorial
Phoenix Acinq Wallet
Onchain + LN
Dedicated to LN
Website Official
Tutorial
iOS not available yet
Muun Wallet

APK download here (right-click - save as...)
Onchain + LN
Easy to use, without node needed
Website Oficial
Tutorial
Breez Wallet
Onchain + LN
Easy to use, without node needed
Website Oficial
Tutorial
Eclair Acinq Wallet
Onchain + LN
You need to open LN channels
Website Official
No iOS version
ZAP Wallet
Onchain + LN
You need own node
Website Official
Tutorial
Electrum Wallet
Onchain + LN
Website Official
Tutorial
iOS not available yet
Zeus Wallet
Onchain + LN
You need own node
Website Official
Spark Wallet
Onchain + LN
You need own C-Lightning node
Website Oficial
Blixt Wallet
Onchain + LN
Use Neutrino non-custodial node
Website Official
Samourai Wallet
Onchain + whirpool + TOR
Connect to your own node (optional)
Website Official
Tutorial
Green Wallet
(Onchain)
Onchain only
Multisig
Website Official
Tutorial
HODL Wallet
Onchain only
Website Official
Tutorial
Fully Noded Wallet
Onchain
You need own node
Website Oficial
Tutorial
No Android version

WALLETS FOR DESKTOP (PC DESKTOP):


Electrum (Onchain + LN)
Windows - OSX - Linux

Armory (Onchain - Security Oriented)
Windows - OSX - Linux

Wasabi Wallet (Onchain - Privacy Oriented)
Windows - OSX - Linux

Bitcoin Core (Onchain - Security Oriented - Node Operator)
Windows - OSX - Linux

ZAP Wallet (Onchain + LN) you need your own node
Windows - OSX - Linux

Blockstream Green (Onchain)
Windows - OSX - Linux
Video Tutorial

Sparrow Wallet (Onchain) you need to conect it to an Electrum server (public or own)
Windows - OSX - Linux

Fully Noded Wallet (Onchain) you need to connect it to a node
Windows - OSX - Linux

Specter Wallet (Onchain) you need to have your own node. This wallet is for advanced and cypherpunks
Windows - OSX - Linux
Here is a tutorial guide

Bluewallet (Onchain + LN) Mac OSX

Lightning App (Onchain + LN) Linux, Mac, Windows

HARDWARE WALLETS (cold wallets): https://www.hardware-wallets.net/