I just bought bitcoin and don't know what to do next.

Currenlty your bitcoins are most probably sitting on an exchange, like Kraken.com or Bitstamp.net etc.

To get your bitcoins under your control, you have to hold them in your own wallet.

Use your smartphone or tablet as the device to store your bitcoins.

For Android, use Mycelium.

For iOS, use breadwallet.

If you have both, use the iOS device.

Write the 12 word recovery seed on paper and store it with your other important documents, so nobody accidentally throws it away mistaking it for trash.

To increase security, write the seed on another piece of paper and store it in an envelope somewhere secure, like a bank safe deposit box, or hide it in the bookshelf in your grandma's house. Then screenshot/e-mail to yourself/... one of the addresses that is shown and uninstall the wallet from the device again.

You can observe transactions to (and from) that address using https://blockchain.info.

If the size of your bitcoin holdings increases and you're getting nervous about potential threats, but are also too cheap to buy a hardware wallet and don't want to screw around with Linux systems that you start from USB-drives, this guide is for you: Step-by-step guide

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