Receiving crypto

To receive crypto, simply provide the sender with your appropriate crypto address, which you can find in your cryptocurrency wallet.

Table of Contents

  1. How do I know what my crypto address is?
  2. How can I let people know what my crypto address is?
  3. Can I receive crypto to my exchange wallet/account?
  4. Is it safe to give out my crypto addresses?

How do I know what my crypto address is?

You can find out your cryptocurrency address by opening your crypto wallet.

Read more: How do I create a crypto wallet?

Every crypto wallet is a little different, but your crypto addresses will always be displayed somewhere within the wallet. Be aware that each cryptoasset can use a different format.

Here's an example of a Bitcoin address:

3FZbgi29cpjq2GjdwV8eyHuJJnkLtktZc5

Here’s an example of an Ethereum address:

0xb794f5ea0ba39494ce839613fffba74279579268

If you don't have a crypto wallet yet, we recommend the multi-chain Bitcoin.com Wallet. It's the easy-to-use, fully non-custodial web3 wallet trusted by millions. Here's how to find your crypto address in the Bitcoin.com Wallet:

Read more: How to send crypto.

How can I let people know what my crypto address is?

Your cryptocurrency wallet will allow you to copy crypto addresses to your clipboard. Then, you just need to provide the sender with that address via email, messaging app, and so on. Make sure the sender and you are using the same blockchain. For example, send bitcoin to a Bitcoin address, Ether and ERC-20 tokens to Ethereum addresses, and so on.

Most wallets also provide you with a QR-code version of your crypto addresses. The sender can scan the QR code to get your address.

Here's a quick video demonstrating how to receive crypto in the multi-chain Bitcoin.com Wallet:

Can I receive crypto to my exchange wallet/account?

If you're using a centralized cryptocurrency exchange, the process is the same as above (ie. find your crypto address and provide it to the sender). When you receive crypto to a centralized exchange, however, you'll have to wait for the exchange to acknowledge it has received the cryptoasset and reflect the receipt in your account. This may take quite a bit longer (up to several hours) than if you receive your crypto to a wallet you control (ie. a non-custodial wallet).

Read more: Custodial versus non-custodial crypto wallets.

Is it safe to give out my crypto addresses?

You can safely give out your crypto addresses to friends, family, and acquaintances. No one can steal your cryptoassets using just your crypto addresses. They'd need both your address and the private key to it. However, you should know that, since almost all blockchain networks are publicly viewable, whoever knows your crypto address can easily find out exactly how much crypto you have at that address by simply pasting the address into a block explorer like this one. They can also see every transaction you've ever made using that address. If you don't want people to see this information, you'll need to use a fresh crypto address. Luckily, that's easy to do. The Bitcoin.com Wallet, for example, allows you to create an unlimited number of new addresses, and creating a new address is done with the touch a button.

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