How to Use Trust Wallet: The Complete Guide

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Trust Wallet has become one of the most popular cryptocurrency wallets for securely storing, sending and receiving digital assets and tokens. With support for thousands of coins and tokens on multiple blockchains, easy connectivity to decentralized apps (DApps), and built-in staking services, it‘s no wonder why millions of crypto users rely on Trust Wallet as their go-to wallet.

In this beginner‘s guide, I‘ll walk you through everything you need to know about getting started with Trust Wallet, from installing the app and creating a wallet, to depositing coins, using decentralized exchanges and more. By the end, you‘ll have a solid understanding of how to fully utilize Trust Wallet‘s extensive features.

Downloading and Installing Trust Wallet

The first step is to download and install Trust Wallet on your mobile device. Trust Wallet is available for both iOS and Android platforms.

On iPhone or iPad, open the App Store, search for "Trust Wallet" and tap Get to download the app. For Android devices, go to Google Play Store, search for Trust Wallet and tap Install to download the app.

Trust Wallet is only available as a mobile app. There is no desktop version. But you can still interact with DApps from a desktop browser by connecting your Trust Wallet mobile app.

Once installed, open the Trust Wallet app. You‘ll now need to create a new wallet or import an existing one.

Creating a New Wallet

When you open Trust Wallet for the first time, you‘ll see the option to "Create a new wallet". This will generate a new wallet secured by a 12 or 24-word recovery phrase.

Tap "Create a new wallet" and you‘ll be shown your recovery phrase. This phrase is the key to accessing your wallet.

Tap "Copy" and store the recovery phrase somewhere safe – either by writing it down on paper or saving it in an encrypted document. Never store your phrase digitally as this poses a security risk.

Once copied, tap Continue. You‘ll now need to verify your recovery phrase by putting the random words shown on-screen in the correct order. Refer to the phrase you copied down to arrange them properly.

After successfully verifying your recovery phrase, your new Trust Wallet is ready! Be sure to keep the recovery phrase safe as you‘ll need it if you ever need to restore the wallet.

Importing an Existing Wallet

If you already have a Trust Wallet set up, you can easily import it on a new device by tapping "I already have a wallet" on the home screen.

You‘ll then be prompted to enter your existing recovery phrase. Type or paste the 12 or 24 words exactly as they appear in your backup. This will import the wallet and restore your crypto funds and transaction history.

Adding Cryptocurrencies to Your Wallet

Once you’ve created or imported a Trust Wallet, you can start adding cryptocurrencies. Tap “Wallet” on the bottom navigation bar to see your token list.

By default, you’ll see Bitcoin (BTC), Ethereum (ETH), Binance Coin (BNB) and Binance Smart Chain (BSC). To add other coins and tokens, tap the Settings icon in the top right corner.

From here, you can search for a cryptocurrency by name or paste its contract address to add it to your wallet. Toggle the switch next to the coin name to enable it. This will allow you to receive the coin into your wallet.

Over 10,000 cryptocurrencies are supported by Trust Wallet, so you‘ll likely find any popular coin or token. Once added, you‘ll see them appear in your main Wallet tab.

Depositing from an Exchange

To start using your Trust Wallet, you‘ll need to deposit some cryptocurrency funds into it. The easiest way is to transfer coins from a centralized exchange account you already have, like Binance or Coinbase.

Here‘s how to withdraw funds from an exchange and deposit them into Trust Wallet:

  1. Copy your Trust Wallet deposit address for the coin you want to transfer. For example, tap the BNB wallet then tap “Receive” to copy your BNB address.

  2. Go to your exchange account and find the withdrawal page for the coin. Paste your Trust Wallet address into the address field.

  3. Enter the amount you want to withdraw and confirm the transaction. Be sure to leave enough for the withdrawal fee.

  4. Wait for the coins to arrive in your Trust Wallet, which usually takes 5-30 minutes depending on the coin.

Once the deposit is confirmed on the blockchain, your funds will show in the Trust Wallet app balance. Then you can use those coins as you wish!

Connecting to and Using DApps

One of Trust Wallet‘s best features is its support for decentralized apps (DApps) through its built-in Web3 browser. This allows you to connect your wallet to DApps and use them right from the app.

For example, you can connect to popular decentralized exchanges like Uniswap or PancakeSwap to swap tokens directly within Trust Wallet. No need for an external wallet browser extension.

Here‘s how to connect to and use a DApp with Trust Wallet:

  1. Tap the DApps tab on the bottom and search for the DApp you want to use. For iOS, you‘ll need to first enable the browser in Settings.

  2. Tap “Connect wallet” on the DApp interface.

  3. A wallet connection pop-up will appear. Choose "TrustWallet" if you‘re on Android. On iOS, choose "WalletConnect" then select Trust Wallet.

  4. Approve the connection request in Trust Wallet.

  5. You can now start interacting with the DApp by making swaps, providing liquidity, staking tokens and more!

Buying Crypto Directly in Trust Wallet

Trust Wallet has also integrated the ability to buy crypto directly within the app via third-party services. This provides a quick and easy way to purchase coins.

To get started, tap the Buy button on the home screen and follow the prompts to deposit funds and make your purchase.

While convenient, be aware that buying crypto directly from Trust Wallet typically incurs higher fees compared to purchasing from an exchange. But foroccasional small purchases, it can be handy.

Earning Interest by Staking Coins

If you want to earn interest on the crypto held in your Trust Wallet, you can utilize the built-in staking features.

Staking allows you to earn passive income on your coins by locking them up for a period of time. Your staked coins will earn staking rewards that are paid out based on the protocol.

To get started staking:

  1. Tap a coin wallet, like SOL or DOT.

  2. Scroll down and tap “Stake”.

  3. Choose a validator, amount to stake and lockup period.

  4. Confirm the staking details and wait for rewards to accumulate! Typical APY yield is 5-15%.

Security Tips

Trust Wallet offers top-grade security to keep your funds safe.

Be sure to:

  • Safely back up your recovery phrase. Memorize or secure it offline.

  • Enable app lock with biometrics like face/fingerprint unlock.

  • Never share your recovery phrase or wallet password with anyone.

  • Verify the DApp URLs are legitimate before connecting your wallet.

  • Enable transaction signing to prevent unauthorized sends.

By taking security precautions, you can confidently store substantial value in Trust Wallet and sleep easy at night.


Trust Wallet delivers an exceptional crypto management experience with its easy-to-use interface, multi-coin support, DApp integration and built-in staking features.

By following this guide, you should now have a good understanding of how to download, set up and start using Trust Wallet to store, grow and transact with your cryptocurrencies.

As you continue exploring the app, you‘ll uncover even more useful capabilities like NFT storage and decentralized finance management. With robust functionality and an emphasis on user security, Trust Wallet is sure to remain a top choice among the crypto community for years to come.


Written by Alexis Kestler

A female web designer and programmer - Now is a 36-year IT professional with over 15 years of experience living in NorCal. I enjoy keeping my feet wet in the world of technology through reading, working, and researching topics that pique my interest.