Open the Bitcoin site in a Web browser and click the “Get Started With Bitcoin” graphic to open the Getting Started screen.

Click the “Read More” option to review the details of Bitcoin and your new account. Click the browser “Back” button to return to the Getting Started screen.

Click the “Choose Your Wallet” option to open the Choose Your Wallet screen.

Click the “MultiBit” link to download the Windows, Mac or Linux client. The MultiBit home page opens.

Click the “Windows Installer” link in the right panel, and then save the EXE file to your hard drive. Double-click the EXE file to launch the installation routine. If Java is not installed on your computer, a dialog box opens prompting you to click “OK” to install Java.

Click “OK,” and then click “Install.” Click “Next” to download and install Java. When the installation is complete, close the Java installation wizard. Double-click the MultiBit installation file to restart the wizard if you installed Java. Click “Next” twice to reveal the terms and conditions document.

Click the “I Accept the Terms of This License Agreement,” and then click “Next” to continue.

Verify the destination for the MultiBit installation, and then click “Next.”

Click “Next” three times to install the wallet application. Click “Done” when the installation completes.

Return to the Bitcoin Getting Started screen and click the “Find an Exchange” option. Type your country, and then press “Enter” to open a list of Bitcoin exchanges available to you. Each exchange entry includes a "Buy Bitcoins" button. All exchanges charge the current market rate for Bitcoins, and all charge comparable fees. Select the exchange site that you find easiest to use.

Click the “Buy Bitcoins” option for your selected exchange to open the exchange site in a new browser tab.

Click the “Sign Up Now,” “Register" or “Create Account” option to create an account for the exchange. The Registration form opens.

Complete the Registration form with your username, password, email address and any additional required information.

Click “Submit” or “Register” to submit the form.

Verify your email address by checking your email and opening the new message from the exchange. Click the verification link, or copy and paste the link in the browser address bar to confirm your email address.

Log in to the exchange site with your username and password. Complete the account verification process. Most exchanges require you to confirm your phone number and bank account information. A few exchanges allow you to use a credit card instead of a bank account, but most require a U.S. bank account.

Click the "Verify Phone Number" to open the Phone Verification screen. Type your phone number in the Phone Number field, and then select whether you want to receive a call or text message. Click "Submit" or "OK."

Check your phone for an SMS message, or answer your phone when it rings. Type the verification number provided to you in the Verification input box. Click "Submit" or "OK." Your phone number is verified.

Click the "Verify Bank Account" or similar link or option. Type your checking or savings account routing number and account number in the respective fields. Some exchanges are equipped to verify your account information online. Others make two small deposits into your account. You must log back in within two to three days to record the amounts of the deposits. Once confirmed, your bank account is verified.

Log in to your exchange account and click the "Purchase Bitcoins," "Buy Bitcoins" or similar option to add Bitcoins to your exchange account. The purchasing form opens. Type the number of Bitcoins to purchase, and then click "OK" or "Submit." The Bitcoins are transferred to your exchange account, and the current market price for the purchased quantity is deducted from your bank account.

Launch the MultiBit wallet application, and then click the “Request” tab. Click the “Copy” icon on the right side of the Your Address field. This action copies your Wallet Address to the clipboard so that you can supply the string to your Bitcoin exchange. The string authenticates your wallet.

Open a Web browser and log in to your Bitcoin exchange account.

Click the “Verify Wallet,” “Link Wallet” or similar option.

Right-click inside the verification field, and then click “Paste” to paste your Wallet Address in the field. Click “Submit" or “OK." Your Bitcoin account is now open and ready to trade. Your funds are available in your wallet.

Tips

  • Click the “Bitcoin Wallet” option in the Choose Your Wallet page to install the client on an Android device. The link refers you to the Bitcoin Wallet app listing in Google Play. Install the app on your Android device to use Bitcoin from your tablet or phone.
  • You can purchase Bitcoins from multiple exchanges, if desired.
  • You can trade Bitcoins through personal transactions with friends and family and use the currency to purchase goods from merchants who accept Bitcoin.

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Download the Windows MultiBit installer from the official site (see Resources). There is no charge to download or use it, but you can make a voluntary donation. Open the MultiBit installer, either from your Internet download folder or directly from your browser depending on your setup.

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Open and run MultiBit. You will have one wallet already set up. Click the field with the text "Your wallet description" and replace this text with a name of your choice.

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Click "File" and "Add Password," and type the same password twice, in the "Password" and "Repeat password" boxes, and then click "Add password to wallet." Keep this password safe, as there is no recovery mechanism.

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Click "Request" to see your address. Make a note of this address, as you will need it to accept payments. The address is the Bitcoin equivalent of a bank account number or PayPal ID.

  • check Other Bitcoin wallet software is available, but MultiBit is recommended by the official Bitcoin site.
  • check You can get bitcoins by accepting payments from other users, or by exchanging real money at an online exchange (see Resources).
  • close The legal protections you have when dealing in Bitcoins may be extremely limited or non-existent compared with your country's national currency.
  • close Although Bitcoin is not a recognized currency, your country's government may consider you liable to pay taxes on Bitcoin transactions and profits.
  • close If you do not set up a password, anyone accessing your wallet can access your Bitcoin funds. However, if you set up a password and lose it, you will be unable to access your funds yourself.
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