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A Step-By-Step Guide To Buying Your First Bitcoin In Singapore (For Beginners)

I’ve been getting a number of emails and Facebook messages these few days about how to buy Bitcoin, so I thought I’d pen it down in a post today for everyone’s reference!

(Note: This is largely written for Singapore residents, but foreigners can use this as a guide to buying Bitcoin regardless of where you are located.

Before I invested my first dollar into Bitcoin, I spent quite a significant amount of time and money attending Bitcoin (preview) courses by so-called “gurus” or “master crypto traders”. While there was some sort of value from their workshops, what frustrated me the most was that NONE of them told me explicitly HOW to buy Bitcoin.

And mind you, I did ask! I raised my hand during the class, and even stayed back after the workshop(s) to ask how exactly can I buy Bitcoin in Singapore. The answer was always:

“It’s a complicated process and I need to walk you through step-by-step. No worries! Come for my ($XXX – $XXXX) course and I’ll teach you!”

None of these “teachers” were interested in telling me how to buy Bitcoins. Their workshops were mostly a preview – for them to up-sell their thousand-dollar course.

So guess what? I consulted some savvier friends instead who have been in the crypto space for much longer than I have, and found out how to buy Bitcoin safely and securely in Singapore. Here’s sharing with you, so you don’t have to pay any “guru” a 3 or 4-digit fee just to find out, because it really isn’t that complicated as they’ll have you believe!

Coinbase vs Coinhako
Coinbase vs Coinhako

After evaluating both apps and asking both my friends in Singapore and abroad, I decided on using Coinbase instead. Some of the key reasons driving my choice came down to which site had more users, a higher level of security and more trustworthy team (including an ex-Google software developer), as well as the fact that Coinhako had their bank accounts abruptly shut by our local banks quite recently.

So my choice was Coinbase.

A step-by-step guide to buying your first Bitcoin

1. Sign up for an account at Coinbase.com

2. Create your account as an individual

Coinbase Account Sign up
Coinbase Account Sign up

3. Prepare your documents for verification. You’ll need to provide the back and front copy of your national ID (NRIC / passport), a copy of your latest bank statement (with your address on it), and a selfie. This is needed as part of the KYC (know your customer) process, similar to that of a bank or stock exchange.

Coinbase Verification Documents
Coinbase Verification Documents

4. Once you’ve been verified, you should receive an email that looks something like this:

Coinbase Email Verification
Coinbase Email Verification

5. Download an authenticator app, like Google Authenticator.
(Coinbase used to send an SMS to your registered phone number as their 2FA method, but this has since been switched to a digital authenticator.)
Scan your QR code in your authenticator app to link to Coinbase.

Coinbase Authenticator
Coinbase Authenticator

6. Create an Xfers account here using your registered phone number with Coinbase: www.xfers.com
(This isn’t compulsory, as you can also opt to buy using your credit / debit card, but I won’t encourage it because of the high fees.)
Once your Xfers account is set up, you’ll need to do a test transfer to verify your bank details. When you transfer funds into Xfers, remember to transfer to your Digital Wallet and not General Wallet!

Coinbase Xfers
Coinbase Xfers

7. Additional security layers: I highly recommend that you make full use of Coinbase’s multi-layer security. Write down your secret seed…

Coinbase Secret Seed
Coinbase Secret Seed

8. …and set up your own digital vault. This makes it harder for folks to hack your account, as they’ll need to hack BOTH your emails in order to withdraw any cryptocurrencies.

Coinbase Digital Vault
Coinbase Digital Vault

9. Click on Buy / Sell in the Coinbase menu bar.

Coinbase Dashboard
Coinbase Dashboard

10. Click on Bitcoin (or Ethereum / Litecoin). Enter the amount you’ll like to buy (either in SGD or a denomination of Bitcoin, known otherwise as a satoshi). Set your payment method to either Xfers or credit / debit card.

Coinbase Buying Bitcoin
Coinbase Buying Bitcoin

11. Click to confirm buy transaction.

Coinbase Credit Card
Coinbase Credit Card

Congratulations, you’ve now successfully bought your first Bitcoin! (Or, a fraction of it.) You should soon see this email:

Note that even though at time of writing, one Bitcoin is trading at above USD 11,000, that does not mean you need to have a lot of money before you can buy any Bitcoin.

You can buy Bitcoin for as little cash as you want! Try $100 for a start if you’re only just starting out, but remember to do your due diligence before buying.

If you’re looking to sell, repeat step 9 and click on “Sell” instead. The process is extremely fuss-free.

Head over to Coinbase now to start buying your first Bitcoin, and get SGD 13 free after you’re done!

Hopefully this guide helps you guys out, so you don’t have to pay for as many crypto workshops where they don’t even teach you these stuff.

This article originally appeared on SG Budget Babe, and is republished here with permission.

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