Best Bitcoin Android Wallets Reviewed and Compared

Last updated: 2/5/19

If you’re looking to store your Bitcoins on an Android mobile device than this post is for you. I will discuss the pros and cons of mobile wallets plus provide a comparison of the best Android Bitcoin wallets you can find on the Google Play store.

Post summary

Bitcoin Android wallets are apps that allow you to store, send & receive your Bitcoin from your Android device. Using a mobile wallet allows you to make payments quickly and easily, since most of us carry our devices with us almost everywhere.

On the downside, mobile wallets are hot wallets, which by are vulnerable to network attacks. Moreover, mobile devices tend to get lost, broken or stolen quite often, so extra steps are required to secure your coins when using a mobile android wallet.

Here are the top Bitcoin wallets for Android:

Abra
Type:
Mobile wallet
GooglePlay store rating:
4.1 Star Rating
Legder Nano X
Type:
Hardware wallet
GooglePlay store rating:
4.1 Star Rating
Coinomi
Type:
Mobile wallet
GooglePlay store rating:
4.6 Star Rating
Edge
Type:
Mobile wallet
GooglePlay store rating:
4.1 Star Rating
Mycelium
Type:
Mobile wallet
GooglePlay store rating:
4.1 Star Rating
Jaxx Liberty
Type:
Mobile wallet
GooglePlay store rating:
3.5 Star Rating
BRD
Type:
Mobile wallet
GooglePlay store rating:
4.1 Star Rating

If you want a more detailed review of the different wallets keep on reading. Here’s what I’ll go over in this post:

  1. Bitcoin wallets overview
  2. Android wallets comparison
  3. Conclusion

1. Bitcoin wallets overview

Before going any further, make sure you familiarize yourself with the basics of Bitcoin wallets through this video:

Regardless of the way you get your Bitcoin, the recommended practice is always to move your coins to your own wallet and not keep them on an exchange or any 3rd party wallet. There are many types of wallets to choose from, with the key criteria for comparison being comfort and security.

When it comes to comfort, nothing beats mobile wallets. Android wallets are apps which provide you with a private key and the ability to send & receive Bitcoins from you mobile device. This allows you a very fast and convenient way to access your coins, since most people carry their mobile device with them anyway.

On the downside, mobile wallets are the least secure form of Bitcoin wallets. This is mainly due to the fact that mobile devices tend to get lost or break down. In such cases, your wallet can still be recovered using your seed phrase (24 words your get on activation), so make sure you keep it in a safe place.

The biggest issue when using a mobile wallet is in case your device gets stolen. In such a case, an experienced hacker might gain access to your coins quicker than you will be able to recover  them.

Due to the above, it is highly recommended to only keep a small amount of Bitcoin on your mobile device. Most of your assets should be kept on a more secure wallet, such as a hardware wallet.


2. Android wallets comparison

Abra

Pros: 3 types of supported coins (BTC, BCH & LTC), wallet can be funded with a credit card, can invest in up to 30 cryptocurrencies from within the app

Cons: More of a trading platform than a wallet

GooglePlay store rating:  4.1

Abra is a mobile Bitcoin wallet which also allows you to trade and exchange cryptocurrency for  fiat. As a wallet, Abra allows you to store not only Bitcoin but also Bitcoin Cash and Litecoin on the wallet. An additional 27 coins can be traded through the app but not stored on it.

Using the wallet requires you to provide your email address and phone number. For users who wish to stay anonymous, this is a significant drawback. However, the apps interface and overall experience is very pleasant and easy to use even for a complete newbie.


Ledger Nano X

Pros: Increased security, up to 700 assets supported

Cons: Not free, requires carrying a dedicated device

Google Play store rating:  4.1

The Ledger Nano X is the latest release from the security veterans, Ledger.

While not a mobile wallet per-se, the Nano X is also accessible via a mobile app. This feature allows you to view and manage your assets without the need to plug the device to your desktop. Add that to the increased security you get when using a hardware wallet and the Nano X gives you the best of both worlds.

The Nano X’s interface is done through Leger’s Live mobile app (via a bluetooth connection). Judging from initial reviews, the installation and setup procedures are not perfect. Still, ledger’s intuitive design is maintained with this model, and this is probably one of the safest ways to store your coins.


Coinomi

Pros: Easy to use, security focused, cross platform

Cons: Not open source

Google Play store rating: 4.6

Coinomi is a secure cryptocurrency wallet that offers exchange capabilities within the app. Coinomi considers itself to be security and privacy focused emphasising the fact that no identity linking is possible from within the wallet.

Thanks to its very fast installation and setup and multiple coin support the wallet is very popular among crypto enthusiasts as a way to store and exchange cryptocurrency.

 


Edge (formerly Airbitz)

Pros: Supports multiple currency, beginner friendly, open source

Cons: None

Google Play store rating: 4.1

Edge, previously known as Airbitz, is a multi-currency, open source mobile Bitcoin wallet. Thanks to the open source development of the product, Edge is considered to be exceptionally secure. On top of that, Edge also offers beginner friendly features, such as a list of businesses that accept bitcoin.

Edge’s partnerships with Bitcoin accepting business often provide discounts for users who make purchases via the app.


MyCelium

Pros: Open source, very popular

Cons: Mobile interface only, not beginner friendly

Google Play store rating: 4.1

MyCelium is a popular mobile app wallet that features a wealth of advanced privacy and security features. Yes, the wallet can be a bit complicated for newbie users but it’s still one of the safest and fastest on the market. As an open source software program, MyCelium is constantly being upgraded.

The wallet doesn’t have a web or desktop interface meaning coins can be accessed only through your mobile wallet. This is a bit less convenient than cross platform wallets like Jaxx.


Jaxx Liberty

Pros: Crypto exchange services within the wallet, intuitive UI, multiple coin support

Cons: App is unstable

Google Play store rating: 3.5

Previously known just as ‘Jaxx’, Jaxx Liberty is a mobile wallet which offers cryptocurrency exchange services via shapeshift. The wallet is very easy to use, supports a huge range of cryptocurrencies, and can be paired across devices so you can control it from your desktop as well.

Jaxx Liberty is a non-custodial wallet, which means your private keys are stored on your phone and you don’t need to trust a 3rd party with them. On the downside,  the app tends to be buggy with prices not updating and occasional freezing in mid actions.


BRD (formerly BreadWallet)

Pros: User friendly, supports multiple currency, open source

Cons: Basic features only

Google Play store rating: 4.1

BRD is probably one of the simplest Bitcoin Android wallets around. The wallet is open source which makes it more secure and reliable. No registration is required to use the app; once the app is installed you can instantly start sending or receiving Bitcoin.

The app also offers an exchange on which you can buy your assets and store them directly on your wallet. On the downside the app only allows a basic set of features and therefor is more suitable for beginners.

 


3. Conclusion

As you can see, Android wallets offer a very convenient way to carry you Bitcoin with you. However, due to the risk of theft or losing your phone, it is very important to always remember the following:

  • Always set a pin code protection for your wallet if possible
  • Never store large amounts of Bitcoin on your mobile wallet
  • Write down the 12-24 word seed you get when you set up your wallet and keep in a safe place.

Keep in mind that not every wallet allowed into Google Play is verified. This means some people can create malicious wallet like apps in an attempt to steal your coins once you send them to your mobile wallet. That’s why it’s important to download only known apps and make sure that they are the official app you’re actually looking for.

That’s it! If you wish to share your experience with Android wallets or tell us about a new wallet, just leave a comment in the comments section below.

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Agree with you Cristian. I also like stasis wallet a lot

Cristian
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I would add STASIS wallet to the list as well. It has a “easy to use” interface with a possibility to exchange between all main stablecoins and two major cryptocurrencies. No need to pass KYC or even input your personal data such as email, name etc. It’s worth to try it, it takes only two minutes to install and create the wallet and it’s available on iOS and adroid.

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There is no such question about best android wallet after Guarda’s multi wallet release any more

John
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John

I haven’t heard anything about these wallets (I know only Jaxx). Guarda is the best I think

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Alex

What do you think about Emercoin? They released an application that can be downloaded from the App Store – Emercoin Basic iOS. This remote Emerсoin controller, allows you to connect in real time from your mobile device and manage your wallet. **link removed**

MissM
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MissM

What do you all feel about Samourai wallet?

syahir
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syahir

hi
in your opinion.
what is the best multi crypto wallet where i can put my money in each crypto and leave it for years and the cryptos is still safe? ive heard that there are issue where people lost their crypto in their multi wallets. so im concern about the xecurity of the wallets. please advise

Douglas Fleming
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Douglas Fleming

I plan to have several (as many as 7) separate accounts (IRA’s etc…) with both Bitcoin and Ethereum in them … can I use just two wallets or do I need a different wallet for each account? Also, it is a headache trying to manage all the different Coinbase accounts, is there an easier way to invest in Bitcoin and Ethereum from separate accounts without co-mingling funds? All guidance is appreciated, thanks

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Ivor

Agree with Scott above… Coinomi is pretty cool and probably deserves a lot more attention. I looking at the 99BTC reviews and Exodus it rated 9 and Trezor 8.9? WTF? Exodus reuses addresses, isn’t HD, and isn’t open source! I noticed it only gives the user one address when I planned on storing my Decred on it and I did a bit of digging. Yeah, research this shit *before* sending money to it… I know! I think maybe Exodus it has multiple addresses for Bitcoin. It is certainly a nice looking wallet, and Shapeshift txns seem to go more smoothly… Read more »

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The best Android wallet is actually Coinomi. It supports most of the major coins (BTC, LTC, ETH, ETC, DASH) and a host of smaller coins. Has coin exchange built in using ShapeShift as the service provider. Shows details of transactions. Allows labeling addresses and many more features not found on other wallets.