A Beginner’s Guide to Changing Currencies on Coinbase

New to Coinbase and unsure about exchanging currencies?

Coinbase functions as both a brokerage for Bitcoin and an exchange for various digital assets and fiat currencies.

Here’s how to change currencies with ease:

  1. Log in to your Coinbase account.
  2. Ensure you have a funding source (bank account or credit card) and the desired currency in your account.
  3. Navigate to the "Trade" tab on the website or app.
  4. Choose the currency pair you want to trade (e.g., BTC/USD).
  5. Enter the amount of the base currency for the transaction.
  6. Confirm the exchange rate and hit "Buy" or "Sell."
  7. Complete verification steps like two-factor authentication if necessary.

Pro Tip: Be mindful of trading fees!

First-time user, Sarah M., shares her experience: "Coinbase made it simple for me to change currencies despite my initial apprehension about buying and selling cryptocurrencies."


  1. Is there a fee for currency exchanges on Coinbase?
    Yes, fees vary based on the currency pair and payment method.
  2. How long does it take to complete a currency exchange?
    Processing time can depend on factors like payment method, verification steps, and network congestion; transfers from bank accounts may take longer than credit/debit card transactions or Instant Buy/Sell.