What is a Bitcoin Wallet?

To start using bitcoins, you need to install a Bitcoin 'wallet' on your computer or mobile device. The wallet software manages your Bitcoin addresses where you can receive or send bitcoins to other Bitcoin addresses. Usually, the Bitcoin addresses are kept in a file on the hard disk of your computer (from there you can make a backup of your Bitcoin wallet). Beware that if you lose this file you will also have lost your bitcoins. We recommend to contact your Bitcoin wallet supplier for any specific questions about your wallet. For more information about Bitcoin wallets: Choose your wallet.