It’s hard to remember a time before cryptocurrency, before that fateful day in 2009 when the first Bitcoin transaction occurred. In just a few years, this has gone from a niche interest of a few techies to a trillion dollar industry. And crypto trading has exploded in popularity, largely due to the rise in value and popularity of the cryptocurrencies themselves.

“It’s a white-hot industry,” Yash Patel, a general partner at Telstra Ventures and avid backer of crypto innovation, told Built In earlier this year. “There’s just too much money at stake for anyone to ignore — investors and consumers alike.”

That’s not to say it’s gone without incident. In 2012, the price of Bitcoin dropped about 90 percent, and then dropped 80 percent in 2015 and 2019. We appear to be hurtling toward another recession now, and the cryptocurrency market appears to be following suit. But it’s important to remember, all markets have bull and bear cycles. Just because crypto is down right now, does not mean it’s out.

Top Crypto Apps to Know

  • Binance
  • BlockFi
  • Circle
  • Coinbase
  • FTX US
  • H2cryptO
  • Kraken
  • Paxos
  • Robinhood
  • Stack

Countless crypto apps have cropped up over the past several years, and many are continuing to grow. After all, this is a huge segment — everything from crypto wallets to NFT (non-fungible token) marketplaces fall under the umbrella. And that’s not to mention all of the play-to-earn games and other blockchain-based companies out there that make up the larger decentralized finance system.

In this roundup, we’re mainly going to focus on exchanges — the apps that facilitate the buying and selling of cryptocurrencies like Bitcoin, Ethereum, Dogecoin and thousands of others — as well as some wild cards.

But keep in mind: Unlike traditional brokerage firms, cryptocurrency exchanges are not members of the Securities Investor Protection Corp. This means that, unless user terms specify otherwise, investors with cryptocurrency assets commingled on a custodial cryptocurrency exchange stand to lose their funds as unsecured creditors. Plus, like any other investment, trading in cryptocurrencies, and any other digital asset comes with its fair share of risks, as the markets can be extremely volatile.

 

Crypto Apps to Know

The Binance crypto app displayed on a mobile device.
Binance offers educational resources, NFTs and a crypto wallet that can trade with over 600 cryptocurrencies. | Image: Binance

Binance

Binance is one of the most familiar faces in the world of crypto, claiming to have the largest digital asset exchange by volume. In addition to educational resources, savings accounts and even NFTs, the company has its very own custodial crypto wallet that allows users to trade in more than 600 cryptocurrencies like Bitcoin, Ethereum and Dogecoin. It also has its own stablecoin through a partnership with crypto asset exchange Paxos, which hit a market capitalization of $90 billion last year.

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A screenshot of the Bisq crypto app dashboard showing crypto trends and trading activity.
Bisq offers higher levels of privacy by storing all user data on a local disk rather than a server. | Image: Bisq 

Bisq

Supporting more than 100 digital assets, Bisq is an open-source cryptocurrency trading app that helps people around the world trade cryptocurrencies and tokens. The buying and selling happens on a peer-to-peer basis, and can be done using a variety of payment methods, including cash deposits and bank wire transfers. All user data is stored locally on-disk, not on a central server, and there is no identity verification required to use Bisq — making the app uniquely private and easy to use.

 

The Blockfi app displayed on a mobile device and laptop showing trends and trading activity for cryptocurrencies.
BlockFi provides crypto-backed loans, crypto wallets, trading accounts and a crypto rewards credit card. | Image: BlockFi

BlockFi

BlockFi’s platform provides everything from crypto-backed loans, to crypto wallets and trading accounts, to a crypto rewards credit card — the first of its kind, according to the company. Like many other companies in this space, BlockFi has hit some rough water recently. After taking its valuation from $3 billion to about $5 billion in a matter of months last year, the company is now valued at less than $500 million, according to a leaked investor call. And CEO Zac Prince announced the company will be reducing its headcount by “roughly 20 percent,” making it just one of at least a dozen major tech firms to make significant cuts to their staff and freeze hiring efforts in the last several weeks.

 

The Bybit crypto app displayed on a mobile device showing an offer for crypto bonuses.
Bybit offers liquidity mining and staking products, an NFT marketplace, as well as stablecoin-margined options contracts. | Image: Bybit

Bybit

With more than 5 million users and 100 million assets, Bybit aims to be a “one-stop crypto destination.” Its app offers liquidity mining and staking products, an NFT marketplace, as well as stablecoin-margined options contracts. Bybit also has a charity product, which allows users to donate Bitcoin and other cryptocurrencies to their choice of hundreds of nonprofits from around the world.

 

Screenshots of the cash app showing crypto trends and their money sending feature.
Cash App allows users to withdraw their Bitcoin to third-party wallets. | Images: Cash App 

Cash App

Although Cash App isn’t always considered to be in the crypto universe, it is actually a popular way to invest in Bitcoin. Plus, unlike its contemporaries like Venmo and PayPal, the app also lets users withdraw their Bitcoin to third-party wallets. The company was launched back in 2013 by Jack Dorsey’s Square, which has since changed its corporate name to Block in an effort to expand beyond its popular credit card-reader origins and into blockchain technology. Dorsey also announced earlier this year that Cash App has started to roll out support for the Bitcoin Lightning Network to allow for cheap, near-instant Bitcoin transfers.


 

The Circle logo as a circular icon to the left of the company's name, "Circle"
Circle’s Invest app helps users buy and sell Bitcoin, Ethereum and other cryptocurrency. | Image: Circle

Circle

Circle is a fintech behemoth, helping nearly 10 million retail customers worldwide implement crypto into their payments, commerce and financial applications. And its Circle Invest app helps users buy and sell Bitcoin, Ethereum and other cryptocurrency. The company is also known for its stablecoin USD Coin (USDC), which it launched with crypto giant Coinbase back in 2018. Since then, Circle has gone public through a $4.5 billion merger with special purpose acquisition corporation Concord Acquisition, and USDC is poised to become the market’s leading stablecoin as rival Tether continues to struggle.

 

The Coinbase crypto app displayed on a mobile device showing the market trends for Bitcoin.
Coinbase is one of the older crypto apps on the market and is known for its high levels of security and large selection of cryptocurrencies. | Image: Coinbase

Coinbase

Founded in 2012, Coinbase is among the older crypto apps on the market today. Known for its large selection of cryptocurrencies and high level of security, the app was recently named the best crypto exchange for beginners by Investopedia. Coinbase also offers an advanced trading platform called Coinbase Pro, which is better suited for professional traders. The company made its Wall Street debut last year at a whopping $85 billion valuation, but unfortunately, it has also fallen victim to this recent economic downturn, and had to lay off more than 1,000 of its employees to prepare for an impending “crypto winter.”

 

The Coin Metrics crypto app displayed on a mobile device showing trends and account balance screens.
Coin Metrics offers users a real-time crypto asset pricing and relevant on-chain data to ensure they are always armed with up to date information. | Images: Coin Metrics

Coin Metrics

Coin Metrics’ real-time crypto asset pricing and relevant on-chain data are meant to ensure that crypto traders are armed with the most accurate and up-to-date information. Users can browse the current price, 24-hour price change and realized capitalization for more than 60 different crypto assets, and then check out one-day, one-month, one-year and even all-time price charts for each one.

 

The Crypto.com app displayed on a mobile device showing the apps dashboard.
Crypto.com’s crypto app provides a vast digital asset ecosystem composed of its own blockchain, a DeFi wallet, an NFT marketplace, a native token called CRO and its own crypto Visa card. | Image: Crypto.com

Crypto.com

Crypto.com claims to be the world’s fastest growing crypto app. In addition to offering a large collection of supported assets, it also provides a vast digital asset ecosystem composed of its own blockchain, a DeFi wallet, an NFT marketplace, a native token called CRO and its own crypto Visa card.

 

Delta's crypto trading app displayed on a mobile device showing crypto market trends and trading activity.
Delta works as an all-in-one investment tracker, providing a way for users to manage and track their various assets. | Image: Delta

Delta

The Delta app works as an all-in-one investment tracker, providing a way for users to manage and track their various assets, from stocks and funds to cryptocurrencies and NFTs. The company also created the Delta Direct service to provide users with transparent, up-to-date information on specific cryptocurrencies directly from the teams that create them.

 

The eToro crypto app displayed on a mobile device showing an activity screen.
Etoro allows users to connect with other traders and copy trading activity from top traders on the platform. | Image: eToro

eToro

Acting as a sort of social media platform for crypto trading, eToro allows users to connect with and copy from top investors in the space. People can use the app to invest in traditional stocks and exchange-traded funds, or ETFs, as well. It’s worth noting, however, that eToro is not available in all 50 states.

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A screenshot of the Flipside Crypto website showing the phrase "Learn. Earn. Repeat."
Flipside Crypto offers its users free educational crypto content through challenges that can earn them monetary compensation. | Screenshot: Flipside Crypto

Flipside Crypto

Flipside Crypto aims to be a source of education for novice crypto traders to learn, collaborate and solve data challenges. The platform analyzes blockchain networks through a technique the company calls “chainwalking” in order to understand the impact of on- and off-chain activities. The data is all free to access, and can be used to help users complete data analytics challenges. In return, they can earn monetary compensation in the form of “bounties.” Flipside recently closed on a $50 million funding round, and plans to grow its headcount by 85 percent by the end of this year, according to the company.

 

The FTX crypto app displayed on a mobile device and desktop computer showing crypto trading trends and activity.
FTX US allows users to buy and sell digital assets through both hot and cold wallets. | Image: FTX US

FTX US

Like many other crypto apps, FTX US allows users to buy and sell digital assets. But it also is known for its security features like hot and cold wallets — hot wallets being a means of faster trading and cold wallets being a pin-protected way to store blockchain information. The app allows users to trade fiat currencies, or government-issued currency that is not backed by physical commodities like gold or silver, which makes it easier to withdraw money from investments and deposit them elsewhere. FTX US recently opened a new headquarters in Chicago, and plans to launch a new financial assistance and educational program to help low-income Chicagoans enter the crypto game.

 

The H2CryptO crypto app displayed on a mobile device showing the apps customer support screen and market trends.
H2cryptO offers 24/7 customer support 365 days a year to help make the space less intimidating for investors. | Images: H2cryptO

H2cryptO

H2cryptO claims to be the world’s first cryptocurrency exchange to offer 24/7 customer support 365 days a year, guiding investors throughout their trading journey so that the space is less intimidating. Although crypto is a buzzy corner in tech right now, the amount of people actually participating in it is still relatively small — a fact H2cryptO’s founder and CEO George Kushner attributes to the “chunky,” “clunky” and “cumbersome” nature of the industry. “Our objective is to really bring cryptocurrency to the masses via broad adoption, through education, account setup and know-how,” he told Built In.

 

The Kraken crypto app displayed on mobiles devices showing their onboarding screen and tradable assets.
Kraken is one of the most reputable digital asset exchanges in the world and established as a go-to place for professional investors in the early days of the crypto market. | Image: Kraken

Kraken

As the first Bitcoin exchange to have its trading price and volume displayed on the Bloomberg Terminal, Kraken is one of the most reputable digital asset exchanges in the world. Launched in 2011, the app established itself as a go-to place for professional investors in the early days of the crypto market, and it has been growing steadily ever since. Today, Kraken trades in Canadian and U.S. dollars, Japanese yen and British pounds, and claims to be the largest Bitcoin exchange in euro value.

 

The Ledgible crypto app displayed on a laptop computer surrounded by cryptocurrency logos.
Ledgible integrates with several blockchains and crypto wallets, as well as professional accounting tools like Intuit and FIS, in an effort to bridge the gap between these two financial sectors. | Image: Ledgible

Ledgible

As cryptocurrency continues along the path of mass adoption, so too does the importance placed on adequately accounting for it as an asset and source of income. But the very nature of crypto makes it difficult to fit into the larger constellation of traditional finance, which means it is a pain to deal with come tax time. Ledgible aims to solve that, integrating with several blockchains and crypto wallets, as well as professional accounting tools like Intuit and FIS, in an effort to bridge the gap between these two financial sectors. The company recently closed on a $20 million Series A, and is in the midst of expanding its product offerings.

 

The Paxos logo displayed as a circular logo to the left of the company's name, "Paxos."
Paxos works with other major financial institutions to digitally move assets around the world safely and instantaneously. | Image: Paxos

Paxos

Valued at more than $2 billion, Paxos owns and operates the first fully regulated crypto asset exchange on the market. The company works with major financial institutions like PayPal and Revolut to digitally move assets like money and commodities, as well as cryptocurrency, around the world safely and instantaneously. It also has two popular stablecoins — Pax Dollar and Pax Gold.

 

The Robinhood app displayed on various mobile devices and their physical credit card.
Robinhood allows users to trade cryptocurrencies for free. | Image: Robinhood

Robinhood

The Robinhood app facilitates commission-free trades of stocks, ETFs and cryptocurrencies, and is often credited as being among the first companies to gamify the investment space. It is also one of the few places where you can trade cryptocurrencies for free, making it appealing to newcomers who want to get their feet wet.

 

The Salt crypto app displayed on a mobile device showing the wallet screen.
SALT allows users to leverage their cryptocurrency for cash loans, providing them with a way to access cash without having to sell off their digital assets outright. | Image: SALT

SALT

The SALT lending platform allows users to leverage their cryptocurrency for cash loans, providing them with a way to access cash without having to sell off their digital assets outright. Borrowers can lock into cash loans ranging from one month to three years, and get loans as large as $5,000. The app is available in the majority of United States and in many other countries around the world.

 

Various Stack branded product, gold coins and a mobile device displaying the Stack logo with a large message saying "get rewarded for holding."
Stack is a crypto exchange designed for teens to learn about financial literacy while earning crypto. | Image: Stack

Stack

Stack is a crypto exchange designed specifically for teens. Through a mix of gamification and education, the app aims to be a place where young people can buy and sell popular crypto coins while learning about financial literacy. “It’s a lot about making very compelling educational content through gamification,” co-founder and CEO Will Rush told Built In. (Meanwhile, Stack isn’t the only startup that wants to introduce crypto investing to kids. Teen-focused online banking app Copper recently announced it is expanding into the space after it raised $29 million of fresh funding.)

 

The Tradestation crypto app displayed on a mobile device and laptop computer showing crypto trends and trading activity.
TradeStation offers high-powered trading, zero-dollar trade commissions, a wide range of tradable securities and premium educational resources. | Image: TradeStation

TradeStation

TradeStation’s high-powered trading capabilities, zero-dollar trade commissions and a wide range of tradable securities, including cryptocurrencies, make it a go-to app for experienced investors. It also offers a comprehensive suite of free and premium educational resources and research tools.

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The Venmo app displayed on a mobile device showing the activity screen and a users message on owning crypto.
Venmo allows users to buy and sell four major coins: Bitcoin, Ether, Bitcoin cash and Litecoin. | Image: Venmo

Venmo

Although it is perhaps best known as a money transfer app, Venmo also allows for the buying and selling of cryptocurrencies, joining similar companies like PayPal and Cash App. But, unlike its counterparts, it gives a choice of four major coins: Bitcoin, Ether, Bitcoin cash and Litecoin.

 

the Webull crypto app displayed on a mobile device and laptop computer showing crypto trends and trading activity.
Webull offers trades without commissions and no deposit minimums. | Image: Webull

Webull

With no commissions or deposit minimums, Webull is an appealing app for investors of all stripes. Users can trade traditional assets like stocks, options and ETFs, as well as digital currencies like Bitcoin, Ethereum, Dogecoin and Litecoin. The app also provides real-time data and customizable charts so that users can keep up with the crypto market at large.

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