Bitcoin in India is gaining momentum & unlike the old days, it’s now legal to buy & sell Bitcoin in India. However, there is only a handful quality sites where you can buy & sell Bitcoin.
Here I’m listing down those Indian Bitcoin exchange websites that you can use to buy and sell Bitcoin. I have listed these websites based on their popularity & easy of use.
One thing that I have noticed with almost all of the Indian Bitcoin exchange websites is their pricing differs in real time. So I would suggest that you don’t put all of your eggs in one basket. Instead, purchase Bitcoin from different places.
With this, let’s get started & look at all of the popular Indian Bitcoin exchange websites.
Popular Indian Bitcoin Exchange Websites to Buy & Sell Bitcoins:
Unocoin is the first website that I recommend you to get started with if you have never purchased Bitcoin before.
Getting started with Unocoin is easy & their interface is beginner friendly. What I like about them is the plethora of features they already have & features they are consistently adding. If you are someone who wants to invest in Bitcoin as a SIP, you can do that with Unocoin.
You can set a daily, weekly, or monthly budget for purchasing Bitcoin.
This is what Unocoin has to say about their SIP feature:
“Systematic Investment Plan is a new and exciting way to acquire Bitcoin – the first of its kind that is introduced by Unocoin. This is a more conservative approach to investing in bitcoin than spending all your money on Bitcoin at once. This technique allows you to commit to a fixed INR amount on Bitcoin on a regular schedule regardless of the price. You need to fund your INR wallet and schedule the orders below to start with SIP. This feature helps with financial discipline by averaging out your cost and thereby reducing risk resulting in generating better returns.”
At the time of writing, one can invest a maximum of up to 50K at once either in a daily, weekly, or monthly schedule.
Other features that make Unocoin a favorite choice for Bitcoin exchange are:
- OTC Trading (Over the counter trading)
- Auto sells Bitcoin
- Netki: This lets you create a human-readable address for your Bitcoin wallet.
- API: Unocoin provides a simple and powerful API to integrate Bitcoin payments into your business or application.
- 2-step authentication to keep your account secure.
Unocoin also has a mobile app (Android & iOS) which will help you make Bitcoin transactions from your mobile phone.
This is another popular website in India to purchase Bitcoins. Like Unocoin is a Bitcoin wallet, this one is Bitcoin exchange site. This is perfect for those who are looking to trade in Bitcoin.
Like all other websites, you need to do KYC verification. Do remember: You will get a call for your account verification & this has now become a standard practice among most of the India-based Bitcoin exchanges.
The interface is not beginner friendly, but for experienced Bitcoin users, it offers lots of details within the dashboard. Also, it’s good for facilitating remittances through Blockchain technology in partnership with OKLink. They recently launched Android app which makes it easier to do Bitcoin exchange in real time.
They also have a dedicated YouTube channel for beginners to get started with CoinSecure.
Here is another Indian Bitcoin trading site which is easy to work with & offers a lot of features for traders. This site used to operate earlier, but they shut down their operations in mid-2015. The reason for that was bank shut down their account.
However, a lot has changed in past couple of months. Buying & selling Bitcoin is no more an issue in India & BTCxIndia is live again for all Indian customers. Developers can also take advantage of their robust API. They also have a similar website for Etherium & can be accessed here.
To start trading Bitcoins on this website, you first need to fill up the KYC form. The approval process can take up to 48 hours. They also support auto deposit using ICICI Eazypay. Right now this site is in Beta, but I’m hoping this one to be one of the best Bitcoin trading website for Indians in the coming months.
If you are looking for a way to trade Bitcoin in India from your mobile phone, Zebpay & Unocoin are the perfect choices for you.
Zebpay is an app-only ecosystem to buy & sell Bitcoin. Here you can transact in Bits & you can buy vouchers for popular stores Amazon, Cafe Coffee Day, Flipkart, and Pizza Hut (to name a few). You can also recharge your mobile phone, DTH, and data card using Bitcoin.
They are soon adding support for Broadband, Landline & electricity payments via Bitcoin.
Zebpay was earlier known as BuySellBitco.
Just like Unocoin, this is user-friendly & you can get started in no time. Once you have downloaded & registered yourself using their mobile app, you can complete your verification by uploading a picture of your PAN card.
Once you are inside the app dashboard, you will see continuous activities from other members. This one reminds me of the ticker feature of Facebook.
Indeed this is useful, as you will also know what you can do with the Zebpay app.
Here is a screenshot of the Zebpay ticker feature:
You can download the Zebpay app for iOS or Android & get started instantly.
Unlike all the other websites listed here, this works in a different way. Here you can trade your Amazon gift card in exchange for Bitcoin. Once you have the Bitcoin, you can transfer it to your Unocoin wallet & convert it into INR. This is a smart way to trade your Amazon gift card for Bitcoin.
I have already shared the complete tutorial about Purse earlier & if you have missed reading it, you can read it here.
Do you want to buy Bitcoin using cash?
Well, this is where LocalBitcoins comes into the picture. Here you can find a seller who wishes to sell Bitcoin using different payment modes (including cash). In the below screenshot you can see the various options available for an Indian to buy Bitcoin.
LocalBitcoins is also popular for those who are looking to buy Bitcoin using PayPal. From a security perspective, they have added a 2-factor authentication & another level of authentication is activated when you login from a new device.
The price to buy Bitcoin is higher here, but for those who are looking to buy Bitcoin “off the radar”, this is an ideal choice. If you wish to buy Bitcoin via cash, make sure you do the transaction in a public place. If you are looking to sell Bitcoins in India at a higher price, this is a great choice for you.
Well, these are the most popular Bitcoin Websites & Bitcoin exchanges in India that you can use to buy & sell Bitcoin.
I like Unocoin for their simplicity & their mobile apps make it easier to make transactions. You can choose any of the listed websites based on your preferences. I will keep updating the list as I discover quality websites to buy & sell Bitcoin.
For all those outside India, here is a guide to buying your first Bitcoin.
Here is a list of websites from China, U.S.A & other countries that supports Bitcoin purchase for Indian residents:
- BTCC: (One of the most popular & trusted site in China. Use their USD exchange). You can deposit money using wire transfer or credit cards. I also tested purchasing Bitcoins with ICICI Prepaid Visa travel card & it works.
- Cex.io: Costly but they support credit card.
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