Gemini Exchange Review 2021: Best Coinbase Alternative

In this Gemini Exchange review, we’ll take a look at how you can buy Bitcoin, Ethereum, and other cryptocurrencies within their beginner-friendly cryptocurrency exchange. Whether you’re an experienced trader or just getting started buying your first Bitcoin, Gemini has a range of tools to help you to buy, sell, or store your crypto.

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What is Gemini Exchange?

Gemini exchange is a regulated cryptocurrency exchange, wallet, and custodian that makes it simple and secure to buy Bitcoin, Ethereum, and various other cryptocurrencies. The exchange was launched in 2015 in the US by the Winklevoss twins Cameron & Tyler, who rose to fame in 2004 after they sued Mark Zuckerberg over Facebook and the company has now expanded its operations to Europe and Asia. 

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Gemini Exchange Fees

Gemini has a fairly complicated fee structure, which will depend on the way that you access their platform and whether this may via mobile, the web application, or using their ActiveTrader platform. The below will explain the fees associated with the exchange platform only.

Withdrawal & Deposit Fees

Gemini does not charge any fees for deposits made using crypto and wire transfers. Although, some bank fees may apply depending on your bank. I wouldn’t personally recommend it, but if you chose to pay with a debit card you are charged 3.49% of the total purchase amount.

Withdrawals are dependent on the type of cryptocurrency but are also generally free for less than 10 per calendar month, per withdrawal. And all bank wire withdrawals are also free of charge. A list of all the crypto fees can be found here.

Platform Trading Fees

All orders that are placed using the Gemini exchange incur both a convenience fee and a transaction fee. Before you place your order, you will be quoted a price that includes the convenience fee and in addition, you’ll also see the transaction fee that has been applied too, and these will depend on your trading amount and currency.

If you want to help to reduce the transaction fees that you will be paying on Gemini, there are savings to be had by trading with Gemini ActiveTrader where you can reduce your fees to a maximum of 0.35%.

Gemini Trading Fees


Gemini has never reportedly been hacked and the majority of assets are held in our offline, in Cold Storage. Only a small portion is held in their online Hot Wallet. The exchange is accessed with a combination of strong passwords and 2-factor authentication which can also be used for withdrawals. However,

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Gemini is a centralized exchange and therefore has control over your cryptocurrencies with access to your private keys. This means you are entrusting a third party to look after and secure your coins. I’d personally recommend not to keep your crypto in an exchange that is a far more likely target for hackers.

When you have finished trading, move your crypto to the safety of a wallet, such as the likes of a hardware wallet like a Ledger or a Trezor.

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Supported Cryptocurrency

Originally Gemini only supported Bitcoin and Ethereum. However, has since increased the availability to 26 coins and 42 trading pairs including the likes of BTC, ETH, BCH, LTC, ZEC, OXT, DAI, BAT, and LINK. Plus FIAT markets such as USD, AUD, CAD, EUR, GBP, and HKD.

The lack of choice available on Gemini is one of its biggest negatives, compared to the like of Binance it can’t compete.


The Gemini exchange platform has a wide range of FAQs with helpful information to try to resolve any initial queries. However, if you need further assistance, you can also contact them via a customer support line (based in the US) or you can direct message them via Twitter.

Gemini Exchange Support

Gemini BTC Referral

If you’re new to Gemini and you’re just getting started, you could get $10 of Bitcoin by using this referral link. Simply sign up for an account using the link and buy or sell with $100 or more within 30 days of creating your account. Then you will be credited $10 worth of bitcoin, straight into your account.

You could also share your referral link with friends and family and as the referee could also earn yourself a further $10 when they also buy or sell with $100.

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Gemini vs Coinbase

For beginners looking for a place to buy their first Bitcoin or other cryptocurrencies both Gemini and Coinbase are well-trusted platforms to get started. 

Both Coinbase and Gemini entice new customers with sign-up offers of $10 of free bitcoin Once signed up, beginners can very easily buy their crypto with bank transfers or credit/debit card payments. These exchange platforms both charge high fees based on their convenience, with Coinbase charging customers 3.99% for credit or debit card payments, whilst Gemini comes out (ever so slightly less) at 3.49%.

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However, trading fees can be reduced on either exchange by heading across to their more advanced trading platforms, Coinbase Pro or Gemini ActiveTrader. With Coinbase Pro, users will be able to reduce their fees to 0.5% whereas Gemini ActiveTrader users will be paying a maximum of 0.35%.

With both Coinbase and Gemini being safe and easy to use, it’s hard to find a clear winner and both have their advantages. However, if you’re interested in saving yourself on fees, then Gemini will come out on top.

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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. Hi – amazing website/videos! I just found this on, and expect I will spend the next days/weeks having a look through it!

    Quick Q – I am having a nightmare with Gemini at the moment. A large transfer was rejected at their end over 2 weeks ago (despite account details exactly matching ones I had used earlier to test the deposit process with smaller amounts), and has still not been returned. I have tried emailing them, DM’ing on Twitter many many times – but just get no response. Have obviously been in regular contact with my bank, who have advised the issue is with Gemini.

    Appreciate any help/suggestions you may be able to give!

    Many thanks – and keep up the great work : )

    • Hey, welcome to Every Bit Helps! Unfortunately, we aren´t as professional as Real Vision, it’s only my partner and I and it’s difficult to keep everything up to date. But, I’m sure you will find some helpful guides.

      Have you sent a transaction via Gemini prior? I normally only send small amounts to exchanges first, just in case they get stuck and build up a history. Sometimes kicking up a stink on Twitter can work and comment on their posts. It’s one way to get attention, or it’s just sit and wait, unfortunately.

  2. Hi – many thanks for your reply. Much appreciated : )

    Yes – I sent small amounts first (exactly same details, everything) and everything went through fine. Then tried with a larger amount, and it was rejected and has still not been returned. I have tried emailing the support, and also their Twitter account many many times – either no response, or completely generic/useless “stalling” emails. Has been over 2 weeks now which is hugely frustrating/concerning.

    Guess I may just have to sit tight. Don’t really want to get the FCA involved if I can avoid it, but it may come to that. Is frustrating as the app/exchange itself is good (and even better after I watched your video), but their Uktrustpilot ratings show the support is terrible.

    Thank you again.

    • I don’t think it will come to that. Customer support for crypto exchanges are always bad, they cant handle the influx of support questions in bull markets. I beileve the issue will be resolved, its just going to take time, unfortunately.

      If I could help I would, but I have no contact with Gemini. Good Luck

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