Buying Zcash is very easy nowadays. If you want, you can use cash, card – even PayPal! However, you still need to follow a few steps to do this - that's why we've made this tutorial easy for you! It is separated into parts – just follow the one that matches your purchase method.
What is Zcash (ZEC)?
Zcash is a decentralized cryptocurrency focused on privacy and anonymity. It uses the zk-SNARK zero-knowledge proof technology that allows nodes on the network to verify transactions without revealing any sensitive information about those transactions.
Contrary to a common misunderstanding, the majority of cryptocurrencies on the market, including Bitcoin (BTC), are not anonymous, but rather pseudonymous; while they do not explicitly reveal the identities of their users, each user has their own public address or addresses which can be traced back to them via the methods of data science and blockchain forensics.
At the time of writing this article the current CoinMarketCap ranking is #65, with a live market cap of $1,754,984,930 USD. It has a circulating supply of 13,551,350 ZEC coins and a max. supply of 21,000,000 ZEC coins.
How to buy Zcash with credit card or debit card?
No matter what people say, it's easy to buy Zcash with a credit card. Your first step will always be to buy Bitcoins or Ethereum with your credit card. They can then be converted to Zcash. Follow these steps: Buy Bitcoin or Ethereum on an exchange you like. Transfer Bitcoin or Ethereum to an exchange that supports Zcash currency. Finally, exchange Bitcoin or Ethereum for Zcash. Please follow our step-by-step guide below to buy Zcash.
1. Create a Coinbase account
To buy Ethereum from Coinbase – which you will exchange for Zcash (ZEC) later – you need to create a Coinbase account.
Click on the 'subscribe' button and fill in the form. Enter your name (it has to be exactly the same as what is written on your photo ID), email, password and location. Coinbase is regulated by the US government and follows strict financial rules. As such, they need to verify your identity. It takes some time and effort, however, this makes Coinbase reputed to be the most reliable way to convert regular currency to cryptocurrency.
Verify Coinbase account
As Coinbase needs to verify your account, you must provide your phone number, upload a picture of your photo ID and verify your card (credit or debit) or account back. Only then will you be able to buy cryptocurrencies. If you use a card on Coinbase, your fees will be higher, but your purchases will be instant. It's cheaper to use bank transfers, but it's slow - it can take up to a week to receive your coins. When your payment details are verified, click on the 'buy/sell' button in the top menu.
Select 'Ethereum' and enter how much money you want to spend/how many coins you want to buy in the windows at the bottom of the page. Once this is done, click on the 'Buy' button. Now you will have to confirm your purchase. Do this by pressing the 'Confirm purchase' button. You now own some Ethereum. However, don't close Coinbase just yet – we'll use it later!
2. Exchange your Ethereum for Zcash (ZEC)
As we mentioned, you need to exchange your Ethereum for Zcash. In our tutorial, we will use Binance as the site to exchange Ethereum for Zcash. Click this link to go to Binance and click 'Register' in the upper right corner.
3. Create a Binance account
A popup will appear to advise you to set up 2FA – two-factor authentication – on your account. Do this to protect your money – even if a hacker gets your password from Binance, the second level of verification will almost certainly stop them from logging into your account. Our recommendation is to use Authy app available on your smartphone or web browser.
4. Get Ready to Transfer Ethereum from Coinbase to Binance
Hover over 'FUNDS' in the top menu and click on 'Deposits'. The new screen will show you how many coins you have stored on Binance – you currently have none. Type 'Ethereum' in the search box. Find Ethereum in this list. Click on 'Deposit' You will receive a long string of numbers and letters - this is your Ethereum deposit address.
Copy this address and save/write it somewhere safe. You will need it soon.
Note: Make sure you have actually selected Ethereum (ETH) – sending your coins to the wrong wallet will destroy them. if you send your coins to the wrong wallet, you will lose them.
5.Transfer Ethereum from Coinbase to Binance
Go back to Coinbase. If you followed our advice, it should still be open. Click on 'Accounts' in the top menu bar and find your Ethereum wallet on the left. Click 'Submit'. Paste/write to Binance's Ethereum wallet address in the 'Recipient' box. In the amount box, enter the amount of Ethereum you want to transfer (if you want to send it all, use the 'use max' option). Click 'Continue'. Coinbase may request a password/phone confirmation.
Follow the instructions and Coinbase will confirm that the Ethereum coins have been sent. You will have to wait a few minutes for the Ethereum coins to be moved to Binance. It typically takes between 20 and 60 minutes for coins to appear in your Binance wallet. This depends on network load and may take longer during peak hours. Do not panic. Binance will update automatically – you don't need to refresh the page.
Also read: How to Buy Ether Zero (ETZ) quickly
6. Exchange Ethereum for Zcash (ZEC)
Once Ethereum appears in your 'Available Balance' on Binance, you can exchange/trade it for Zcash. Go straight to the ZEC/ETH exchange on Binance. Do not panic! Not everything on the trade page is important to us. Let's just use a small part of it. You can buy coins in two ways: 'Limit' order: you can set the price at which you want to buy ZEC. 'Market' purchase: automatically fills your order at the best available price.
Buying on the market is simpler, so let's use that. Find the big green 'Buy ZEC' button. Click on the 'Market' option in the window above the button. Fill in the amount of ZEC you want to buy in the input box labeled 'Value'. You can use the percentage buttons below the box to make the process easier. For example, if you want to exchange 50% of your Ethereum for ZEC, click on the 50% button. After entering the desired amount in the box, press the buy button. Your order will be processed immediately.
7. Check your Zcash (ZEC) balance
Now you have to click on 'Funds' in the menu bar at the top and then go to 'Balances'. Type ZEC in the search box. This will display the amount of ZEC you now have in your ZEC Binance Wallet. You can now leave your coins on Binance where they should be reasonably safe. However, exchange site hacks happen and people are robbed of their money. We recommend keeping your coins in a personal wallet.
Frequently Asked Questions
Can I buy Zcash with PayPal?
You cannot purchase Zcash directly with PayPal at this time. If you want to use PayPal, you will have to buy bitcoin first and then exchange bitcoins for ZEC using a service like Binance.
Can I buy ZEC with cash?
You cannot buy Zcash directly with cash. Even though some ATMs support Zcash, they are less than 1% of all cryptocurrency ATMs. If you want to buy with cash, you will have to buy bitcoin first and then exchange bitcoins for ZEC using a service like Binance.
Can I buy Zcash with Bitcoin?
Yes, you can easily do this using Binance to exchange bitcoins for Zcash.
Can I buy ZEC with Skrill
Europeans can use BitPanda to buy bitcoins or ethereum with Skrill. Ethereum or BTC can be converted to Zcash on Binance.
Can I buy Zcash with Ethereum
Yes, you can easily do this using Binance to exchange Ethereum for Zcash.
What is the best payment method to use?
The cheapest way to do this is to buy bitcoins with a bank account (or Zcash directly with a bank account) and exchange BTC for Zcash. The fastest way is to buy Zcash with a credit card, but higher fees will be charged.
How can I secure ZEC after I buy it?
You must store your Zcash in a secure wallet. Leaving Zcash on an exchange only puts you at risk of losing money if the exchange is hacked. Your account can also be hacked, so it's important to use 2FA.
How can I sell Zcash (ZEC)?
Binance and changelly are good places to exchange your ZEC for any other cryptocurrency. If you want to exchange it for regular currency, trade ZEC for bitcoin and exchange BTC for dollars, euros or other currencies.
Can I mine Zcash instead of buying it?
You cannot mine Zcash as it has a different network structure than Bitcoin. You can only buy Zcash on an exchange.