The supply of Bitcoin Cash (BCH) wallets is huge, making it all the more difficult to choose the best wallet. To help you keep track and find the right wallet for your investment, we have created this guide, which introduces you to the best Bitcoin Cash wallets in a short and concise order according to the type of wallet.
In order to understand the advantages and disadvantages of the various wallets, it is essential to have a basic understanding of cryptocurrencies and cryptocurrency wallets. Therefore we would like to give you a short theoretical introduction to the topic.
You can imagine a wallet, like a virtual wallet, which stores the access keys for the cryptocurrency, e.g. Bitcoin Cash. Basically, all wallets can be divided into two categories:
- cold wallet or
- hot wallet.
The distinguishing feature is the connection to the Internet. While hot wallets are connected to the Internet, Cold wallets are not connected to the Internet. hot wallets are therefore considered to be considerably less secure because hackers can gain access to the cryptocurrencies via the Internet connection. cold wallets doesn’t have this point of attack.
This is also the reason why large investment companies and cryptocurrency exchanges store a large part of their cryptocurrencies on cold wallets. You should take this as an example! In recent years, many crypto exchanges got hacked and Bitcoin and other coins have been stolen. Therefore a cold wallet definitely makes sense also for private customers, in the form of a hardware wallet or a paper wallet.
You should also know that hot wallets can be divided into three subcategories. These types have in common that the “Private Keys” are connected to the Internet. The distinction is made on the basis of the storage medium. The subcategories of hot wallets are:
- Bitcoin Cash desktop wallets
- Bitcoin Cash mobile wallets
- Bitcoin Cash online wallets
Before you go on reading, we’d like to give you two words of advice: Even before you buy Bitcoin Cash (click here to read our guide), you should decide which wallet you want to use. This allows you to enter your own wallet address during the purchase process and save some additional fees.
Secondly, you should know in advance that cryptocurrency exchanges and brokers are the least secure and worst way to store Bitcoin Cash (BCH). If you choose to do so, you give control of the Private Key to the company behind the trading platform. Our clear recommendation is therefore to set up one of the wallets presented below and to manage the Private Key yourself.
The best Bitcoin Cash hardware wallets
As mentioned earlier, cold wallets in the form of hardware wallets are the safest and best option for storing cryptocurrencies. Compared to all other wallet types, they have the highest safety standard and are also more practical than a paper wallet. The reason for this is that the Bitcoin Cash Private Key is stored exclusively on the hardware wallet.
Thus, even if a BCH transaction is released, the Private Key is not connected to the Internet because the transaction is confirmed by a Private Key on the device. This means that hackers have practically no way of intercepting the private key (e.g. via keylogger or phishing attack), since only other components of the hardware wallet are connected to the Internet. A theft of Bitcoin Cash is thus almost impossible.
In addition, hardware wallets also offer very good protection against theft of the device. Each of the hardware wallets presented by us requires the entry of a PIN to activate the device. Good hardware wallets also support the ability to set up 2-factor authentication to enable a second security measure. This makes it very difficult to steal the stored private keys from the hardware wallet even in the event of physical theft.
From our point of view the purchase of a hardware wallet is always the best choice, no matter how high your investment is! Especially if you want to buy larger amounts of Bitcoin Cash, you should always consider buying a hardware wallet. The price (of 120 Euro) for our test winner, the Ledger Nano X, is very fair and compared to your investment probably rather low.
In the following box we have compiled a summary of the advantages and disadvantages of hardware wallets:
In the following we introduce you to five Bitcoin Cash hardware wallets. If you would like to know more about the individual wallets, we can recommend our detailed test reports on the individual hardware wallets.
1.Ledger Nano X
The Ledger Nano X is our test winner out of 8 different hardware wallets, which we tested personally. The wallet was only launched in May 2019 as the successor to the Ledger Nano S and has numerous new features. Our favourite among the new features is the Bluetooth function, which allows the Ledger Nano X to be connected to a smartphone. Using the Ledger Live App, the Nano X can be used like a mobile smartphone wallet while maintaining the security standards of a cold wallet.
In addition to the Bluetooth function, Ledger has also added a new and improved security chip to make the hardware wallet even more secure. In addition, the Ledger Nano X has received two other major upgrades. The Nano X has a much larger memory than the Nano S, which allows it to manage up to 100 cryptocurrencies simultaneously. In addition, the display has been enlarged so that the Bitcoin Cash addresses can be shown on the display without scrolling before release. This makes it much easier to check the BCH address.
Conclusion: From our point of view there is currently no better hardware wallet than the Ledger Nano X! Ledger sets a standard in terms of both functionality and operation that the competition must first outperform.
2.Ledger Nano S
Even if the Ledger Nano S is no longer the latest Ledger model, there are still good reasons to buy the successful Ledger model. The Nano S has already been sold more than 1.3 million times worldwide, which speaks for a very strong and reliable security of the wallet. In particular, the current low price of 59 euros makes the Nano S an absolute bargain.
If you live without the new functions of the Ledger Nano X and only want to manage a small number of cryptocurrencies, e.g. only Bitcoin Cash and Bitcoin, you will receive a hardware wallet whose price/performance ratio is unbeatable.
3.Trezor Model T
Also in May 2019, SatoshiLabs, Ledger’s largest competitor, launched a new hardware wallet with the Trezor Model T. The new Trezor Model T is the latest addition to Ledger’s range of wallets. Just like Ledger, SatoshiLabs has completely redesigned its long-standing success model, the Trezor One, and presented a hardware wallet that offers numerous new features and improvements:
- Touchscreen: The Trezor Model T has received a touch screen that is required for the release of transactions on the device.
- Firmware Upgrade: In addition, the firmware (Trezor Core) has been completely renewed and improved from a security point of view.
- Faster processor: In addition, the new model has a faster processor, which makes operation even smoother.
- Micro SD card slot: A Micro SD card slot has also been added that can be used for data encryption.
- USB-C port: The old computer port has been replaced by a modern USB-C port.
Compared to the Trezor One, the Model T can thus be classified as a premium version of SatoshiLabs. In a direct price/performance comparison to the Ledger Nano X, however, this performs better. So the Nano X is much cheaper than the Trezor Model T. In addition, the Nano X has a few more functions and is somewhat more intuitive to use.
Conclusion: Nevertheless the Trezor Model T is one of the best hardware wallets on the market and has some advantages over the Nano X. Due to the higher price, the Trezor Model T, in our ranking, but only ranked 3rd.
The Trezor One was already released in 2014 by SatoshiLabs. This makes it the oldest hardware wallet on the market! SatoshiLabs claims that it is the most trusted and secure hardware wallet. It remains to be seen whether this statement is really true.
The fact is that the Trezor One has proven to be very safe over the past few years. This is also reflected in the sales figures for Trezor One. The hardware wallet has been sold over a million times worldwide. Due to the low price the Trezor One, as well as the Ledger Nano S, can be a very inexpensive and nevertheless very good alternative, especially for newcomers, as the first hardware wallet.
5.Digital Bitbox 01
The Digital BitBox is a cheap hardware wallet which supports a rather small selection of cryptocurrencies. This includes Bitcoin Cash as well as Bitcoin, Litecoin, Ethereum, Ethereum Classic and all ERC20 tokens. The minimalist device generates a wallet (bip32) during the starting process by the integrated microcontroller. A very useful security feature is the slot for a micro SD card, which can be used to create an offline backup for recovery if you lose the wallet or your device breaks down.
You should know this about hardware wallets:
The best Bitcoin Cash Desktop- and mobile wallets
In contrast to hardware wallets, desktop and mobile wallets are hot wallets. These are programs that are installed on a computer or smartphone to manage, send, and receive Bitcoin Cash. Mobile wallets in particular also have the advantage that you can access and send your Bitcoin Cash from anywhere in the world where there is an Internet connection via your smartphone.
If the security standard is generally considered and ranked, the two types can be placed between hardware wallets, which are more secure, and online wallets, which are considered less secure. Compared to online wallets, they offer the significant advantage that the private keys are not stored on a company server but on the user’s own computer. This gives you and no third party control over Bitcoin Cash.
However, this also means a certain responsibility. Since the private keys are stored (encrypted) on your own computer, it is very important to keep your computer or smartphone up to date with updates and good anti-malware software. Due to the (presumably) permanent connection to the Internet, there is an increased risk of malware. This topic is exacerbated even further with smartphones, because many users use public hotspots in cafés and restaurants, for example, where data is usually transmitted unencrypted.
Nevertheless, the protection is significantly higher compared to online and web wallets. Desktop as well as mobile wallets are the best alternative from our point of view if you are looking for a free wallet for Bitcoin Cash. Below we have compiled an overview of the advantages and disadvantages:
Below you will find our top recommendations for secure and reputable Bitcoin Cash desktop and mobile wallets:
Electron Cash is a fork just like Bitcoin Cash itself. The wallet, as the name suggests, was forged by the Bitcoin Electrum Wallet, one of the best known and best wallets for Bitcoin. The release of the Electron Cash wallet took place relatively soon after the Bitcoin Cash Hard Fork in August 2017. With the Fork, the entire code of the Electrum wallet was copied. This means that Electron Cash can also offer a very wide range of functions:
- SPV technology: SPV stands for “Simplified Payment Verification” and is a concept originally described in the Bitcoin Whitepaper, and a method to provide a wallet with increased security without having to download the entire blockchain. The Electron Cash wallet is a “light client” and therefore does not have to download the entire blockchain.
- Multi-Sig: The multi-signature function adds an additional permission level to the wallet by requiring each Bitcoin Cash transaction to be signed by multiple private keys.
- Cold Storage: The wallet offers the possibility to leave the private keys offline and go online in a pure view mode (“watching only”). This allows you to monitor incoming transactions and balances without compromising your private keys.
- No “Lock-In”: You can export your private keys and use them in other Bitcoin Cash Clients.
A further advantage of the Electron wallet is the security which can be classified as very good. So with Electron Cash you can take control of your private keys and create a mnemonic seed backup phrase. The Private Keys are only stored on your computer and never leave the device. They will also not be sent to the Electron Cash Remote servers. These are decentralized and redundant, so that you have no downtimes.
BTC.com’s open source wallet was released in 2016 by Bitmain (the mining giant behind the highly acclaimed Antminer mining rigs) and gives Bitcoin and Bitcoin Cash owners the ability to manage their cryptocurrencies via a web wallet and mobile version (Android and iOS). From our point of view, the BTC.com wallet is primarily recommended as a Bitcoin Cash Wallet. This is because Bitmain is a well-known advocate of Bitcoin Cash (as “true Bitcoin”).
Due to this controversy, the ratings in the App Store and Google Play Store are also not so positive. But don’t be fooled by the partly bad evaluations of the app. These were mostly awarded because the manufacturers of the app promote Bitcoin Cash as “true Bitcoin” and refer to Bitcoin (BTC) as “Bitcoin Core”. Don’t let yourself be fooled! From our experience, the app works technically flawlessly and is also very simple and clearly designed.
As usual with other mobile wallets, the BTC.com wallet stores the private keys on your smartphone. Neither the developers nor other third parties have access to them at any time. Another advantage of the wallet is its multi-sig functionality, which creates an additional authorization level for each Bitcoin Cash transaction. In addition, two-factor authentication and a backup function per seed are also available.
All in all, we have had very good experiences with the mobile wallet from BTC.com. If you want to download the app, you can do so via this link (click!) or via the App Store of your smartphone.
The Atomic wallet is a multi-coin-Wallet, which is aimed at users who are looking for an all-in-one solution for all their cryptocurrencies. With over 300 cryptocurrencies, the Atomic wallet can manage the largest number of coins (in our comparison) and is available both as a desktop and mobile version for iOS and Android.
Although the wallet was only released in 2017 by Konstantin Gladych, who is also CEO and co-founder of the popular crypto exchange platform Changelly.com, it is one of the most popular wallets on the market. This is probably not only due to the popularity of Gladych, but also to the focus of the wallet. The developers have focused their development on three central requirements in the crypto industry:
- Anonymity and
In accordance with these guiding principles, the private keys and transaction data are stored in encrypted form on the user’s terminal devices. Neither the developers nor other third parties have access to this sensitive data. A very useful function, which corresponds to the decentral character of the wallet and from which the wallet gets its name, are the Atomic Swaps.
These enable the direct exchange of cryptocurrencies, peer-to-peer, without a third person or institution being involved as an intermediary. For coins whose exchange via Atomic swaps is not yet supported, the wallet provides another option. The Atomic wallet integrates the services of Changelly and ShapeShift to exchange cryptocurrencies.
Overall, the Atomic wallet is therefore our top recommendation among the multi-coin wallets. You can download the wallet from the official website. It is available for Windows, Mac, Ubuntu, Debian and Fedora. The mobile versions for iOS and Android are also available in the respective App Store.
4.Jaxx Liberty Wallet
The Jaxx Liberty is another multi-coin Wallet, which can manage 80 different cryptocurrencies and also enjoys a high reputation in the crypto industry. The wallet, which has been labeled “Liberty” since a major upgrade in 2019, was developed by Anthony Di Iorio, a co-founder of Ethereum, and is available in desktop and mobile versions.
However, the obeseness of the wallet cannot only be justified by the known name. Instead, the wallet can also stand out due to its wide range of functions. In addition to the usual functions (send, receive and portfolio overview), the wallet offers additional features such as current news, market data and a multi-chain block explorer.
In addition, the wallet also offers very good security. As with the Atomic Wallet, neither the developers nor other third parties have access to your private keys. These are only stored encrypted on the user’s device. With regard to the security of the wallet, it is also possible to create a backup in case your computer or smartphone breaks down. Another advantage of the wallet is its outstanding support, which is highly praised in online forums and is available around the clock.
To download the wallet, you can follow this link to the official website where you can download a Mac and Windows version, as well as a browser extension for Google Chrome. You can also download the mobile versions for your Android or iOS from the App Store.
5.Exodus Desktop Wallet
Just like the Atomic and Jaxx Liberty, the Exodus wallet is a multi-coin Wallet. Currently, the Exodus wallet can send and receive more than 100 cryptocurrencies and display their values in over 30 different Fiat currencies. The wallet is one of the oldest multi-coin wallets on the market and was released in July 2016 by Daniel Castagnoli and JP Richardson. Since then the Exodus wallet has firmly established itself in the crypto market and gained a large user base.
The wallet has three main components that are very easy and intuitive to use:
- the multi-coin wallet,
- a portfolio tracker (in 30 fiat currencies)
- and an integrated exchange service from ShapeShift.
In addition to these functions, the Exodus wallet also offers good security for your Bitcoin Cash. Neither the developers nor other third parties have access to your private keys, as they are stored locally and encrypted on your computer. A very big advantage of the Exodus wallet is also the very good customer support. In addition to an extensive FAQ section (including tutorial videos), you can contact the Exodus team via email, Twitter, Facebook and Slack.
Despite these positive aspects, however, there are two points of criticism in the crypto community about the wallet. On the one hand, the backup function via e-mail is criticized because the sending via e-mail is classified as potentially insecure. On the other hand, the Exodus wallet does not offer two-factor authentication. Both “problems” are critical, because hackers “only” have to crack the password via e-mail and then already have full access to the wallet.
If this is not a knockout criterion for you, you can follow the link below which will take you directly to the official website of the wallet (click here!). The wallet is available as desktop version for Windows, Mac and Linux. Smartphone versions for iOS and Android are also available.
The best Online wallets for Bitcoin Cash
Online wallets have the decisive advantage that they are the wallet type that is the easiest and fastest to use. No installation or backup is required. All users have to do is create an account. This is also the reason why online wallets are very popular, although security is the lowest of all wallet types.
Basically, online wallets can be divided into two types. The first type are wallets of cryptocurrency exchanges and brokers. They offer the advantage that the user has absolutely nothing to worry about. However, this also brings with it a major disadvantage. For example, the users of a wallet must be confident that the provider will not disappear with the customer’s money and that the cryptocurrencies will be stored securely in cold storages.
In addition, a secure IT infrastructure and the employees who have administrative access (to the private keys) must be trusted. Well-known exchanges and brokers generally have very good security measures. However, for the above reasons, exchange wallets are less suitable for storing Bitcoin Cash over a longer period of time.
The second type are online wallets specialized in Bitcoin Cash. In this category, the BTC.com Online Wallet, which was specially developed for Bitcoin Cash, should be mentioned first and foremost. The following overview summarizes the advantages and disadvantages of online wallets:
1.BTC.com Online Wallet
This version of the BTC.com wallet is technically very similar to the Blockchain.info Wallet. It is a hybrid, hierarchically deterministic (HD) wallet. This means that the Bitcoin Cash and the Blockchain are accessed via a web browser.
However, the private keys to the wallet are stored on the user’s computer so that neither the developer of the Wallet, nor other third parties have access to them. The transactions are also signed on the user’s computer.
In addition, the online version of the wallet also offers the Multi-Sig functions, whereby an additional authorisation level can be added to the wallet by requiring each Bitcoin Cash transaction to be signed by several Private Keys. It is also important to know that the wallet is open source software that can be viewed by the public.
Based on these facts, the BTC.com Wallet can offer a very high level of anonymity and security compared to other online wallets. Accordingly, it is our top recommendation among the online wallets.
As with all exchange wallets, we do not recommend that you store your cryptocurrencies on an exchange for a longer period of time, even with Binance. Nevertheless, Binance can be a good and reliable option for an exchange wallet if you intend to trade cryptocurrencies.
Binance is not only one of the world’s most popular exchanges, it is also one of the safest. Nevertheless, you must be aware that the Binance wallet is an online wallet – with all the disadvantages we have described above. The Private Keys are owned by Binance and stored by the exchange. So you have to trust that the private keys are kept safe for you.
In May 2019, Binance experienced one of the biggest market hacks (after Mt. Gox) in Bitcoin’s young history when 7,000 BTCs were stolen. Even though Binance took responsibility for the hack, did not pass the loss on to its customers and significantly increased its security measures after the hack (according to its own statements), this clearly demonstrates the vulnerability of online wallets.
We therefore recommend that you only use the Binance wallet as long as you are actively trading cryptocurrencies. For long-term storage, you should store Bitcoin Cash on an external wallet, preferably a hardware wallet.
If you would like to register an account on Binance, you can do so via this link*.
Our second choice is eToro, which, however, only appeals to residents outside of the US and UK (as of 01/2021). eToro is one of the largest CFD providers in the world and offers various cryptocurrencies in “physical form” as well as CFD (outside of the two aforementioned regions). Due to its high security standards and reputation, eToro can be a good option for custody in our view.
**68% of retail investor accounts lose money when trading CFDs with this provider. You should consider whether you can afford to take the high risk of losing your money.
Cryptoasset investing is unregulated in some EU countries and the UK. No consumer protection. Your capital is at risk.
Litebit is our top recommendation for the direct purchase and sale of Bitcoin Cash (BCH) via Euro. The trading platform is very easy and intuitive to use, even for newcomers. In addition, it is an established broker based in the Netherlands and regulated under European law. Besides buying and selling Litebit also offers a wallet to store Bitcoin Cash.
From our point of view Litebit is a reliable platform for trading cryptocurrencies. However, we cannot recommend the wallet from Litebit because you have to hand over the management of the private keys to Litebit (according to the classical definition of an online wallet) and trust in the security of the platform.
Although Litebit (according to its own statements) stores large portions of customer funds in cold storages (offline) and offers a 2-factor authentication for user accounts. Nevertheless, you should at least buy a free desktop wallet, or better still, a hardware wallet, in order to achieve better security for your investment.
If you want to buy Bitcoin Cash through Litebit, you can follow this link* which will take you to the official Litebit website.
In the following we have summarized the most important aspects of the use of Web wallets:
The best Bitcoin Cash paper wallets
Bitcoin Cash paper wallets are a very good choice if you want to save BCH offline and don’t want to buy a hardware wallet. Since you “store” the password, address and private key on a piece of paper, hackers cannot access these data. Only when you want to send a transaction do you have to use another wallet. Receiving BCH also works “offline” because you only have to give your (public) BCH address to the sender.
Since your private key is connected to the Internet when you send it, you should always create a new paper wallet afterwards. Since this process can be somewhat cumbersome for numerous transactions, a paper wallet is always useful from our point of view if you do not want to access the Bitcoin Cash (BCH) for a longer period of time.
CashAddress.org is a trusted paper wallet service that generates a Bitcoin Cash Private Key and an address for you. The project is based on the code of bitaddress.org. In addition, the code on GitHub is visible to everyone. The generation works in such a way that you either enter as many random characters on the website or move your mouse until the generation of the Bitcoin Cash address is 100%.
After the generation you can print out the key and the address and keep the note offline so that no hacker can gain access to your Bitcoin Cash (BCH). When creating the Wallet, make sure that your PC is free of malware.
More important information about the Bitcoin Cash wallet test
Please allow us one last hint: The information in this article has been compiled by us to the best of our knowledge and experience. However, despite all efforts, you should always gather further information and test different wallets to find the best wallet for you.
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