Beginners Guide to Coinbase Pro Exchange (Review & Tutorial)

Coinbase Pro is an advanced cryptocurrency trading platform from the popular US-based cryptocurrency exchange Coinbase. If you were lucky enough to have already purchased Bitcoin or Ethereum, it’s likely you have used Coinbase. Coinbase is normally the gateway for newbies to buy their first crypto assets.

However, purchasing the likes of Bitcoin on Coinbase (although very quick and simple) is not the most cost-effective way. By using Coinbase Pro you can buy Bitcoin, Ethereum, etc at a better price and reduce the trading fees to between 0% and 0.5%.

In this Coinbase Pro Review, I will explain how to make these savings when buying Bitcoin. Plus, how to deposit, buy with a market and a limit order, the difference between a limit or a stop-limit order, and how to sell and withdraw.

What is Coinbase Pro?

Coinbase Pro is a trading platform offering its users a secure way to buy, sell, and trade cryptocurrencies across 99+ trading pairs. Created back in 2015, Coinbase Pro is an evolution of the trading platform GDAX, which was rebranded to Coinbase Pro in 2018.

You can track the market, trade history, and monitor open orders. One of the many benefits of using Coinbase Pro as opposed to Coinbase is the fact that the fees are greatly reduced to as low as 0%. Coinbase Pro also allows you to place a buy or sell order, so you can simply wait for the market to reach that price as opposed to taking the price at the current market value.

what is coinbase pro

Who Can Use Coinbase Pro?

Coinbase Pro is designed for individual traders. Depending on your location, you may have access to crypto/fiat trading pairs or be restricted to crypto/crypto trading pairs only. A full list of locations and trading pairs can be found here.

If you have already had a Coinbase account, you can use the same credentials on Coinbase Pro and you do not need to create separate accounts or logins.

Coinbase Pro Support Countries

Coinbase Pro vs Coinbase

Both Coinbase and Coinbase Pro offer the ability to buy and sell the likes of Bitcoin and Ethereum. However, traders who are looking for more advanced functionality are advised to use the Coinbase Pro exchange. With Coinbase you are only able to buy at the market price where fees for the convenience are higher. Whereas Coinbase Pro allows you to define your own price and trading fees are generally lower.

Coinbase Pro Supported Cryptocurrencies

The cryptocurrencies availability and fees will depend on your country and payment method. See the below list of all supported cryptocurrencies on the Coinbase Pro platform by region.

A list of all available supported cryptocurrencies, for both Coinbase and Coinbase Pro can be found on their FAQ.

Coinbase Pro Order Types

With Coinbase Pro, you can create Market, Limit or Stop orders. A “Market” order, completes immediately at the current market price. A “Limit” order allows you to define the price you would like to pay for your crypto. Then finally you have something called a “Stop” order which triggers a buy or sell order when the price hits or dips to a certain value that you will define.

Depending on your trading volume, your order type may affect the trading fees that you will be paying.

Coinbase Pro Fees

Previously, one of the major reasons for using Coinbase Pro over Coinbase was using the Maker trade option. As a Maker of the market, (which means placing an order which was not immediately matched by an existing order), you used to pay reduced amounts in commission fees. However, this has recently changed and now only really applies to people trading 50K+.

Coinbase Maker & Taker Fees

As a ‘Maker’ of the market they state, you will pay a fee between 0.00% and 0.50%, depending on your trading volume. As a ‘Taker’ of the market (which means you place an order which is filled immediately) you will pay 0.04% and 0.50%.

However, for trading anything less than $50k, you will pay the exact same amount in commission fees whether you are a maker or a taker of the market.

Coinbase Withdrawal Fees

Withdrawal fees with Coinbase Pro will vary on the type of currency that you are withdrawing. Cryptocurrency withdrawals used to be free of charge and absorbed by Coinbase Pro. However, due to the hike in fees on the likes of the Ethereum blockchain, these are no passed onto their users. An estimate of the network fee will be displayed when withdrawing from the platform.

Withdrawal fees may also incur depending on your location, or the type of bank transfer.

Coinbase Pro withdrawal fees

Is CoinbasePro Safe?

Coinbase is one of the most trusted cryptocurrency platforms for buying and selling crypto. Any digital assets held by Coinbase are secured through a combination of online servers and offline “cold” storage. The platform stores 98% of customer digital currency in cold storage, with the remainder serving as liquidity to the markets.

Coinbase, as well as 3rd party underwriters, provide insurance greater than the amount held by Coinbase. Their insurance is to protect customers from security breaches, hacks, employee theft, or fraudulent transfer. Any losses resulting from unauthorized access to your personal Coinbase or Coinbase Pro accounts are not covered. Responsibility is with the account holder to use a strong password and maintain control of all login details.

Coinbase Pro Safe

Digital currency, such as Bitcoin, Litecoin, and Ethereum, is not subject to Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation (“FDIC”). However, U.S. customer funds that are held as cash are insured by the FDIC with maximum coverage of $250,000 per customer.

It’s not recommended to keep any digital currencies on an exchange as you do not have access to your private keys. Therefore you have less control over your funds. If you want to protect your assets, make sure your store them in offline “cold” storage, such as a Ledger or Trezor.

Secure your crypto assets with a Trezor Hardware wallet

How to Trade on Coinbase Pro

If you’re interested in trading on Coinbase Pro and want to buy your first Bitcoin on the exchange, then use this step-by-step guide. Although the guide shows you purchase Bitcoin, you can use this process for any type of cryptocurrency purchase. The guide also explains how to log in, create buy/sell orders, plus how to withdraw from the exchange.

Coinbase Pro Login

With Coinbase Pro, your credentials are automatically transferred across from Coinbase. Therefore you do not need to create a new account or have a separate log in. Plus, all of your security/2 factor authentication settings are also transferred across.

coinbase pro login

Deposit Funds to Coinbase Pro

To get started with Coinbase Pro the first thing you need to do is deposit funds into your account. Your account can be funded with digital assets or fiat currency. Some deposits do incur fees, please refer to Coinbase Pro Fees for more information.

Go to ‘Portfolios‘ and select “Deposit“.

Choose your Currency Type.

If you choose to fund from a bank account, its important to include the reference number stated on your transfer. This is so that Coinbase can map your bank account and Coinbase Pro account together.

Transfer from Coinbase to Coinbase Pro

If you want to transfer funds from Coinbase to Coinbase Pro, select the Coinbase Account option.

coinbase pro deposit FIAT

Enter the amount you’d like to deposit or click Max to deposit all available funds.

Click “Deposit

Funds transferred from Coinbase to Coinbase Pro are fast and free and will take roughly 10 seconds to process.

How to Buy on Coinbase Pro

The below steps will explain how to buy Bitcoin. However, the same process will apply for purchasing other cryptocurrencies.

Select the market to Buy in i.e. BTC to GBP if purchasing in GBP and Click “Buy

Coinbase Pro Buy Bitcoin Save Fees

If you wish to purchase Bitcoin immediately at the current market value, select the ‘Market‘ tab select the amount, and submit your buy order.

If you wish to purchase Bitcoin at a price you define and wait for someone to match your order, select the ‘Limit’ tab. With a limit order, enter the amount of Bitcoin you would like to purchase (in BTC)

Then, enter the price you would like to Buy at, in the Limit field.

Coinbase Pro Limit Order

Tip: If you want to be a maker of the market, ensure you put in a value below the current market price.

You can then view the associated Fees at the bottom of the screen

Click “Place Buy Order

Your buy order will then appear under Open orders. If the market changes or you simply want to cancel an open order you can do so, by clicking on the X icon beside it.

Once filled, your order will then appear in the ‘Fills‘.

How to Sell on Coinbase Pro

The below steps will explain how to buy Bitcoin. However, the same process will apply for purchasing other cryptocurrencies and fiat currencies.

Select the market i.e. BTC to GBP & Click “Sell”

Coinbase Pro BTC to GBP Sell Order

If you wish to sell your Bitcoin immediately at the current market value, select the ‘Market’.

If you wish to sell your Bitcoin at a price you define and wait for someone to match your order, select the ‘Limit‘ tab.

Enter the amount of Bitcoin you would like to sell (in Bitcoin).

Define a Price that you would like to sell at in the ‘Limit‘ field.

Selling BTC with Limit Order

Any associated fees and the total will be shown at the bottom of the screen. Click “Place Sell Order

Once someone has bought at the price you have defined the order will show in ‘Fills’. You can cancel your order at any time before it has been filled by clicking onto the X beside the open order.

Withdraw from Coinbase Pro

You can withdraw digital assets of fiat currency from Coinbase Pro to an external wallet or bank account. Alternatively, funds can be withdrawn to a Coinbase Account or certain bank accounts for free. Withdrawing from Coinbase can incur fees, please see the Coinbase Pro Fees for more information.

Go to ‘Portfolios‘ & click ‘Withdraw

Select the currency type you would like to withdraw. Select ‘Bank account‘ or ‘Coinbase Account’

Enter the amount you would like to withdraw or click onto Max. Click “Withdraw GBP

Your funds will then withdraw to your allocated account for free.

withdraw from Coinbase Pro

Coinbase Tutorial

If this is all too advanced and you haven’t even bought your first digital currency, check out our Coinbase review Tutorial. I go through the process of how you can get started and how to buy and sell Bitcoin. Coinbase gives you the convenience of buying crypto with a credit/debit card or via bank transfer. You can now even withdraw to PayPal (in the UK) free of charge!

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Louise created the Every Bit Helps YouTube channel back in 2017, after finding the process of buying Bitcoin difficult. Therefore, in an aim to help others, she hopes that her tutorials will make the process of buying, selling and storing crypto a lot easier for newbies in the future. After spending 20 years working in London in cyber security, she left the corporate life after having her second child in 2018. Louise now travels the world with her two small children trying to make the most out of life.

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  1. Hello there
    I’ve watched your Coinbase Pro tutorial and found very helpful all the info there. However, as I am new to this (£200 in total to start with CBP), I still have not fully understood the trading scenario. I placed a few orders, a total of 5, and on each order I paid between £1 and £0.97p fee transaction. I am struggling to understand where is the profit here. Is there something I have missed? Can I have some help please?

    • You place 5 trades at a cost of £1 each, so out of your £200 those trades have cost you 2.5%. Then when you want to sell you will again need to pay a fee of say 2.5%. For you to break even or make a profit off this trade, the price of your crypto asset will need to increase to over 5%+ (roughly)

      I hope that makes sense, the best option would be to buy and hold and try to keep transactions to a minimum, as the fees will add up. However, I’m not a financial advisor, so please do your own research.

      Thank you

  2. hello dear
    I have watched your coinbase pro tutorial videos, is very helpful.
    But coinbase is not supported in my location (Solomon Islands), pls is there any other way out?
    thank you.

  3. Hi Louise, can you tell me how to increase my coinbase buy limit from £50 per week. Thanks

  4. Hi Louise,thanks for the reply…Coinbase increased my limit today,so all good for now. But maybe you can help with this one B-) …
    I’m trying to register with Binance.je. But every time i reach the self portrait section,it’s saying ‘Sorry, your camera doesn’t seem to be working’
    But my webcam works fine on other stuff? Now i’m locked out for 24hrs. Thanks again..Have a great day.

  5. Hello again… Not sure how to do that. I’ll look into it. Thanks atb

  6. Hello,
    Will you offer help to this?
    Is there a copy trader feature where I can chose to auto copy your trades while I learn?

  7. Hi, is it ok to set a sell limit below a sell stop, to safe guard in case of a crash. eg , currant price = 45k – sell stop = 40k – sell limit = 39k. coin sells on the way down. will this work . TIA

  8. I read this on your site and do not fully understand. Do you have more to say on this via tutorials or youtube. I reads as obvious, however, can’t I deposit and withdraw from coinbase pro or others? thanks, ray
    “It’s not recommended to keep any digital currencies on an exchange as you do not have access to your private keys. Therefore you have less control over your funds. If you want to protect your assets, make sure your store them in offline “cold” storage, such as a Ledger or Trezor.” “

    • The safest way to store your crypto in using a hardware wallet as this is kept offline and away from any potential hackers. You also have access to your private keys which means you have complete control over your assets and are not entrusting a third party to look after your money. An exchange with lots of crypto on it is a far more likely target for hackers than your own device.

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