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How to add crypto to your Coinbase Wallet

A quick guide to buying and transferring crypto, as well as importing a wallet.

adding crypto to coinbase wallet

Now that you’ve got a self-custody wallet, it’s time to start exploring all the possibilities of the crypto ecosystem. But first, you’ll need to buy or transfer some crypto to your Coinbase Wallet, or import an existing wallet, which you can do in just a few easy steps.

Buying crypto

Go to the Settings menu and select the Buy or transfer button. You can buy crypto directly from the Coinbase Wallet app with your debit card in more than 90 countries. 

Transferring crypto

You can transfer crypto directly from your Coinbase account to your Coinbase Wallet by linking your account. If you select Buy or transfer, you’ll be prompted to log into your Coinbase account, and from there you can see which crypto is available to be moved to your wallet — just choose the coin and enter the desired amount and you’re all set.

You can also transfer crypto from somewhere other than your Coinbase account by using your wallet’s public address, which can be found by tapping the QR code located at the top right of the home screen. 

If you’re sending the crypto from another self-custody wallet or a different exchange, just copy and paste your address in as the recipient. 

Importing a wallet

If you have another self-custody wallet, like MetaMask, you can easily merge it with your Coinbase Wallet. Prior to logging in you’ll see two options: Create a new wallet and I already have a wallet. If you click on I already have a wallet, you’ll be prompted to enter your existing wallet’s 12-word recovery phrase and it’ll automatically be imported into your Coinbase Wallet app. 

Network fees

Any time you send crypto from another wallet or exchange, you’ll need to pay network fees. These fees don’t go to Coinbase — they’re paid to the miners or to the network itself to help process transactions and keep the network secure.