How to Buy Bitcoin in 3 Simple Steps
Create your free Kraken account
Provide your email address, country of residence and secure your account with a strong password
Connect your funding method
Connect your card or bank account after Kraken verifies your account
Buy bitcoin with as little as $10
Check the price of bitcoin and
use our BTC to USD Converter
Check the current bitcoin price on Kraken to help inform your bitcoin investment.
BTC to USD Converter
Use our simple bitcoin to USD calculator to see how much bitcoin you can buy with USD.
You can also check bitcoin’s price in USD as well as important metrics such as bitcoin’s trading volume, the percentage change in BTC price, as well as the highest and lowest price seen in the past 24 hours.
4 Reasons to purchase bitcoin
Today, Bitcoin advocates see the software as an alternative money system offering users
the ability claim sovereignty over their financial assets
Hold BTC to store value,
in pursuit of financial independence
Invest in the growing
potential of crypto
Send payments around
the world instantly
Pay for goods and services without a
bank or other financial services provider
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What Is Bitcoin?
Bitcoin is a digital currency that is open to, and controlled by, thousands of individuals around the world who are financially incentivized to maintain the security and validity of the network. Bitcoin operates outside of the control of a central entity, like a government or company, but within the control of the protocol’s open source rules. As set out in those rules, only 21 million bitcoin will ever exist, each of which is divisible into smaller units. This limited supply and decentralized architecture has established Bitcoin as a new form of money for the digital world.
Want to take a deeper dive? Read Kraken’s “What Is Bitcoin” to learn more.
Why Buy BTC?
For many investors, the limited supply of bitcoin makes it a compelling alternative to a traditional hard asset like gold.
Most significantly, an investment in Bitcoin allows you to take your financial future in your own hands without having to rely on traditional monetary systems.
Other Reasons to Purchase Bitcoin:
- Pay for goods and services without a bank or other financial services provider
- Send payments around the world instantly
- Invest in the growing potential of crypto
- Hold BTC to store value, in pursuit of financial independence
Why Buy BTC With Kraken?
Over 10 years ago, Kraken opened its doors as a bitcoin exchange and established itself as a pillar of the cryptocurrency industry. While we have grown to now offer over 60 cryptocurrencies, we remain true to our roots as one of the first and best places to buy bitcoin.
At Kraken, our focus has and will always be on:
Simplicity - Kraken has the desktop and mobile solutions you need to easily buy bitcoin and join the future of finance
Security - Kraken’s rigorous security standards are designed to keep your funds safe on your way to financial empowerment and independence
Service - Kraken’s client support team offers dedicated client services 24/7/365
Buy Bitcoin & Crypto on the Go
Instantly buy bitcoin with a bank account or credit card on the Kraken app
The official Kraken app is the perfect way for crypto beginners and experienced traders to conveniently buy or sell BTC from the palm of their hand. With the Kraken app, you can instantly buy bitcoin with a credit card, debit card or bank account, while tracking the price of bitcoin and reading bitcoin news as you chart the path of your financial future.
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How Much BTC Can I Buy With Kraken?
Kraken helps you get started buying bitcoin with as little as $10. Don't forget, each bitcoin is divisible into smaller fractions – all the way down to one hundred millionth of a bitcoin, called a satoshi – so you don’t need thousands of dollars to buy bitcoin. Of course, you can also execute much larger BTC buy orders using Kraken if you wish.
You can also buy BTC as often as you want. Dollar cost averaging is a popular investment strategy that allows you to invest money into an asset at regular time intervals, regardless of its price. Kraken makes it easy for you to dollar cost average with recurring buys, which let you schedule daily, weekly, bi-weekly or monthly bitcoin purchases. This is designed to help build wealth over time while minimising the impact of unpredictable price changes.
How to Keep Your Bitcoin Investment Safe
Kraken works hard to protect your bitcoin
When you buy BTC with Kraken, your funds are automatically stored in our hot wallet, which is an accessible but highly secure place to keep bitcoins safe.
Kraken allows you to hold your own BTC
At Kraken, we have put rigorous security standards in place to ensure that our users’ crypto is always safe on our platform. However, if you want to hold or transfer your bitcoin, Kraken allows you to take full custody of your BTC in the wallet of your choice, unlike many other fintech services.
What Can I Do With Bitcoin After I Buy It?
Bitcoin’s adoption grows each day as more and more people discover its value and utility.
From a cup of coffee to a piece of real estate, bitcoin is being used to pay for goods and services without having to rely on traditional financial intermediaries. People are using Bitcoin to send payments around the world and process transactions with unprecedented speed. Others see the usefulness of BTC and other cryptocurrencies as a new financial network built for our increasingly digital lives
Many feel the full potential of bitcoin is just beginning to be understood and hold their investment as a potential store of value.
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