Idiots Guide to Coinbase

Coinbase Review & Beginners Tutorial: How to Buy & Sell Bitcoin

Written by LouiseElizabeth

7th May 2020

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If you’re a beginner first getting into cryptocurrency, then the most common and recommended place to start is Coinbase. Coinbase.com is ideal for newbies with its simple and easy buying process for those looking to get their hands on their first Bitcoin. With more than 35 million people in over 100 countries trusting Coinbase to buy, sell, trade and earn cryptocurrency. 

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What is Coinbase?

Coinbase essentially is built up of 3 individual products or platforms. These are; Coinbase.com, Coinbase Pro and the Coinbase Wallet.

Coinbase.com is a secure online platform for buying, selling, transferring, and storing digital currency. The platform is ideal for new users getting into cryptocurrency, purchasing their first Bitcoin with the likes of a credit/debit card or via bank transfer. It is easy to use, convenient and has easy onboarding.

Coinbase Pro is a trading platform aimed at more experienced traders. Who can exchange a wider range of assets with more advanced trading buy and sell options, using order books, charts and graphs.

They also have their own Coinbase Wallet app which is a place to store your cryptocurrencies securely, where you have control over your crypto assets.

coinbase.com wallet and coinbase pro

Is Coinbase Safe?

Coinbase which has been around since 2012 is thought as an extremely safe place to buy Bitcoin and has gone through a lot of regulations to be so, they have never been hacked and are considered a well-trusted place to buy and sell your crypto.

Is Coinbase Safe

How to Buy Bitcoin on Coinbase?

Buying Bitcoin from Coinbase is a nice, simple process if you are new to Bitcoin or other Cryptocurrencies. To buy Bitcoin you’ll need to register for an account. If you don’t already have one Coinbase has an incentive where that if you buy or sell with £100 or more you’ll get $10 free bitcoin, please feel free to use this link; Sign up for Coinbase.

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Add your Debit/Credit card to Coinbase

To be able to buy Bitcoin with Coinbase you will first have to add your Debit or Credit Card

From the Coinbase dashboard, click ‘Trade

Click Add a Payment Method

Select Credit/Debit Card & Enter Billing Address & Postcode

Enter Card Details & Click “Add Card

The card will then be set up for you to make your Bitcoin purchase.

Buy Bitcoin wtih credit/debit card

Buying Bitcoin with your Debit/Credit card

Select “Trade” from the dashboard

Enter the amount of Bitcoin you would like to purchase

Coinbase Buy BTC with Debit Card

Select the cryptocurrency you’d like to purchase.

Your credit/debit card details will then show in the “Pay with” section

Preview Purchase will show a confirmation of your order and display corresponding Coinbase fees.

Click “Buy now

Your purchase will then automatically complete and funds will appear in your Bitcoin wallet.

Bitcoin Purchase Preview with coinbase.com

Buying with Bitcoin Using a UK Bank Account

Click Trade

Click Add Payment Method

Select UK Bank Account

Enter sort code as a 6 digit number (don’t add the ‘-‘)

Enter your account number

The first time you add your UK bank account you will be prompted to verify your account. Coinbase will ask that you send £2.00 to their account to verify this.

Ensure that when you send the funds, you include the reference number, so that Coinbase know the transaction relates to your account.

Coinbase GBP Deposit

Click Done.

Once verified the accounts will then show in your GBP wallet

Coinbase GBP Wallet UK Bank Account

Further funds can then be deposited into your GBP Wallet to make your purchase

Click Deposit

Coinbase Deposit Buy BTC UK Bank Account

Make a note of your reference number

Tick the box “I’ve copied or written down my Reference Number

Click Continue

You can then transfer your funds from your UK bank account to use for your Bitcoin purchase.

Buying Bitcoin with your UK Bank Account

Select Trade

Buying Bitcoin with GBP Wallet Coinbase

Enter the amount of Bitcoin you would like to purchase

Select the cryptocurrency i.e. Bitcoin

Select GBP Wallet from your pay with option

Click Preview Purchase

Bitcoin Purchase Preview UK Bank Account

From this screen you can view a confirmation of the purchase, as well as the Coinbase fees associated to the order.

Click Buy now

The funds will then appear in your Bitcoin Wallet.

Withdrawing Bitcoin from Coinbase

If you have a Coinbase account and are currently holding Bitcoin or other cryptocurrencies in there, you may wish to lock in your current profits by withdrawing Bitcoin from Coinbase. Within Coinbase you can withdraw to your chosen FIAT currency. Withdrawing direct from the Coinbase site is a simple process, especially for newbies but it does incur fees for this convenience.

In the UK Coinbase only allows you to withdraw from your Coinbase FIAT wallet which will be in your chosen currency. I’m from the UK so I have a GBP wallet available and a EUR wallet for SEPA transactions. If you want to withdraw GBP to your UK bank you will need to complete an initial deposit of GBP from your bank account to Coinbase.

Before you can withdraw Bitcoin from Coinbase, the first thing you need to is sell your Bitcoin.

How to Withdraw Bitcoin from Coinbase

To be able to withdraw your cryptocurrency from Coinbase you will have to sell your Bitcoin

Click Trade from the dashboard.

Select the Sell tab

Enter the amount of Bitcoin you would like to sell or click “Sell all”

Selling Bitcoin with Coinbase.com

Select the Cryptocurrency you’d like to sell

Select the wallet.

If you preview your sell you will then see your Sell order along with any associated fees.

Preview Bitcoin Sell Coinbase

When the order has completed the funds will then appear in your GBP wallet.

Withdrawing Funds to UK Bank Account

From the Dashboard, click Wallets

Click Withdraw

If you have not already done, so you will need to link a bank account and deposit an amount of £2.00 to validate your account. Once the account to validated you can Withdraw after 5 days.

Select Your Bank Account from the dropdown.-

Coinbase Withdraw to a UK Bank Account

Enter the Amount you wish to withdraw or select withdraw all.

Click Continue

A confirmation of the withdrawal will then appear showing all information and associated bank fees.

Click Confirm

The amount will then transfer across to your UK bank account within the timeframe stated.

Coinbase Withdraw Confirmation

Withdrawing Funds to Paypal

To set up a Paypal account, click onto Settings under your profile picture in the top right.

Select Linked Accounts

Click Link a New Account

Link Paypal to Withdraw from Coinbase

Select PayPal

Enter your Paypal account details

Link Paypal Account in Coinbase

Your account will then be linked

To withdraw to Paypal, go to Accounts

Click Withdraw

Select Paypal from the “Withdraw To” dropdown menu

coinbase Paypal Withdrawals UK

Enter the amount you wish to Withdraw

Click Continue

A confirmation of the withdrawal will then appear.

Withdrawing Funds to Paypal UK Coinbase

Click Confirm and your funds will then be deposited into your Paypal account by the date stated.

This is a simple process to sell and withdraw your Bitcoin. However, I would recommend Withdrawing from Coinbase Pro where fees are significantly lower.

Coinbase Wallet & DApp Browser

Coinbase Wallet is a standalone app, that allows users to store their own crypto and explore the decentralized web with a Dapp browser.  Not to be confused with the Coinbase app, which is also available on Coinbase.com, the wallet helps users to manage their own private keys and store their crypto assets directly on their devices.

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  1. Nicolialia Pizzeria

    Great site. A lot of useful info here. I’m sending
    it to several buddies ans also sharing in delicious.
    And of course, thanks for your effort!

  2. Verona

    I need help…I have $ sitting in Coinbase that I can’t transfer out or buy more with what on earth do I do

    • LouiseElizabeth

      Are you looking to withdraw your dollars from Coinbase or buy a crypto?

      • matt dovin

        How can I close my coinbase account I still have a little fun I can’t do anything with them I would like to donate them somewhere

        • LouiseElizabeth

          Unfortunately, to close your Coinbase account you will need to withdraw the funds first.

  3. Vlad

    I linked my paypal account but I don’t see the ‘Withdraw’ button


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