Qtum merges the reliability of Bitcoin's unfailing blockchain with the endless possibilities provided by smart contracts.
QTUMs are cryptographic software tokens used to engage with distributed applications ('dApps') and smart contracts on the Qtum platform.
This guide is not, and should not be regarded as 'investment advice' or as a 'recommendation' regarding a course of action.
Notes: Images can be clicked to see a larger version. If you're confused by any terms used, a glossary can be found here.
First we need to set up a wallet to store the QTUM you're about to buy.
Go to the QTUM github. This is where they release their latest wallets.
Scroll down until you see the headline 'Quickstart'. Beneath it are links to download their wallets.
Choose the one that works for your computer. For example, 'qtum-0.14.7-win64.zip' will work on a 64bit Windows computer.
Once the download has completed, unzip the folder inside and place it onto your desktop.
Inside that folder is another one called 'Bin'.
Inside that is a file named 'qtum-qt'. Open it. This will run the wallet.
You may be asked to allow the wallet to access the internet through your firewall. You must allow access or the wallet will not work correctly.
Your wallet is now open. It will let you know that it's about to start downloading the Qtum blockchain.
It will also show you the progress of the download. Press 'hide' to remove it.
Press 'Settings' and then 'Encrypt Wallet'.
Enter a passphrase that would be hard to guess (but which your won't forget!).
Press OK. You will be given a warning. Read it, understand it, then press 'Yes'.
The program will shut down and encrypt your wallet.
Restart the wallet.
Note: If you forget this passphrase you will lose access to your wallet and coins.
Press 'File' and then 'Backup wallet'.
Name the file something obvious, such as 'My QTUM wallet'. Save the file somewhere safe, for example an external hard drive or USB stick.
Note: If your computer is stolen or damaged you can use this backup file to recover your wallet.
In the wallet, press 'Receive' on the menu on the left.
Press 'Request payment'.
You will be given an address, which looks like a long string of letters and numbers.
Copy this down somewhere safe as we're going to need it soon.
Now we'll purchase the popular cryptocurrency Ethereum, so that we can exchange it for Qtum (if you already own Ethereum you can skip ahead).
Choose which Ethereum exchange you'd like to use (by clicking on the logo), and the guide will continue:
If you use this link to sign up to Coinbase we'll both receive ten dollars of free coins when you spend over $100 (or the equivalent in your currency).
Press the 'sign up' button and fill out your name (make sure this is exactly how it's written on your photo ID), email, password and location.
Just like a US bank, Coinbase is regulated by the US government, and has to follow strict financial rules. So they take verifying your identity very seriously. It's a pain, but it does give Coinbase a reputation for being the most trusted way to convert fiat currency to cryptocurrency.
To verify your account you must supply a phone number, upload an image of your photo ID and verify a credit/debit card or bank account before you can buy.
Using a credit/debit card on Coinbase means higher fees but offers instant purchasing. Using a bank transfer is cheaper but slower (taking up to a week to get your coins).
Once your payment details are verified, click 'buy/sell' on the top menu.
Select 'Ethereum', and at the bottom of the page choose how much to spend in your local currency / how many coins you want to buy.
Once you're happy with the amount, click the big 'Buy' button.
You'll be asked to confirm your purchase.
Press the 'Confirm Buy' button.
Congratulations! You now own some Ethereum. But don't close Coinbase yet, we're going to need it again in a few minutes.
Click here to go to Cex.io
Click the 'Register' button along the top menu.
Enter your email address and a secure password. Click the checkbox to agree to the terms.
You will now be asked to set up 2-factor authentication for your new account. It is strongly advised not to skip this step, as 2-factor authentication makes your account far more secure.
We recommend using the 'Smartphone App' option.
Once your security has been set up, you'll be taken to your account dashboard.
Before we do anything else, head on over to your personal email account- there will be an email from Cex.io asking you to click a link to verify your account. Click it.
You will be taken to a page telling you your email has been confirmed. Click 'Go back to the site'.
Look for your user ID in the top menu, hover your mouse over it and in the drop down menu click 'Verification'.
Every exchange that lets your buy cryptocurrencies for cash require you to verify your identification before doing so.
Complete the Cex.io verification process by supplying your personal information and uploading your ID.
Once you're verified, click the 'Deposit' button along the top menu.
You now get to choose how you'd like to deposit money:
Via credit/debit card
If you choose credit/debit card you can buy instantly, but you pay commission on the money you deposit.
Via bank transfer
This option takes a few days for the transfer to arrive but has no commission fees.
Choose the method you prefer and follow the instructions to deposit your money.
Once your money is in your account, click 'BUY/SELL' on the top menu.
Choose 'ETH' and the currency you'd like to buy it in (Dollars, Euros, Pounds or Rubles).
You will be offered some precalculated amounts of Ethereum, or you can scroll to the bottom of the page and input the amount of Ethereum you'd like to buy in the 'Custom amount' box.
Once you've decided, click 'Buy'.
You'll be asked to confirm your buy.
Check everything looks correct and click 'Confirm the order'.
Congratulations- you now own some Ethereum!
Enter your email and a strong password (that you won't forget!).
You will be sent an email to confirm your email address.
Click the link in the email.
You will be taken back to Binance as your email is confirmed.
On the login form, enter the email and password you just used to sign up, then press 'Login'.
A pop-up will advise you to set up 2FA (two factor authentication) on your account.
We strongly advise you to do this- in the event a hacker manages to get hold of your password, this second level of security makes it very unlikely they will be able to get into your Binance account.
We recommend using the Authy app on your mobile phone or web browser.
Hover your mouse over 'FUNDS' on the top menu and click on 'Deposits Withdrawals'.
This screen displays any coins you have stored on Binance- obviously none at the moment.
Type 'Ethereum' in the search box.
This will narrow the wallets displayed to just a few- in those, find Ethereum.
You will be given a Ethereum deposit address (a long string of numbers and letters).
Copy this address and keep it somewhere safe as we're going to need it soon.
Note: Double check you've actually selected Ethereum (ETH)- if you send your coins to the wrong wallet you will lose them.
Now, return to Coinbase.
Click 'Accounts' from the top menu, then find your Ethereum wallet listed on the left.
In the 'Recipient' box, paste the Ethereum wallet address we just copied from Binance.
In amount, type how much Ethereum you wish to send (there is a 'use max' option if you wish to send it all).
Coinbase may ask you to confirm with your password/phone. Follow the instructions until it confirms the Ethereum are sent.
Go back to Cex.io
Press 'Withdraw' on the top menu.
Under 'Select currency and amount' click 'USD' and select 'ETH' in the drop down menu.
Input the amount of Ethereum you're sending.
In the box labelled 'Enter the recipient's address below' paste the Ethereum wallet address we just copied from Binance.
Once you've looked everything over, click the check box to confirm you've double checked everything is correct.
You will be asked for a 2-factor authentication number.
Use your selected method of authentication to generate the number and write it in the box. Press 'Confirm'.
You will be sent an email to confirm the withdrawal.
Go to your personal email and click the link Cex.io has sent you. This will send the coins on their way.
Go back to LocalBitcoins.
You should still be in your wallet page.
In the box labelled 'Receiving Bitcoin address' paste the Ethereum wallet address we just copied from Binance.
Enter the amount of Bitcoin you're sending.
You will be asked to enter your password to confirm the send.
Once entered, press 'Send from wallet'.
You will be taken back to your wallet and a message will appear to confirm the Bitcoin has been sent.
Now we've got to wait a few minutes for the coins to move across the network.
Unless there's an unusually large network backlog, the coins will take between 20 and 60 minutes to appear in your Binance wallet.
Binance will update automatically so there's no need to refresh the page.
While you're waiting, consider sharing this guide with your friends and followers to spread the word about Qtum, encouraging its popularity and value to grow.
Here's some share buttons to make it easy:
Once the Ethereum shows in your 'available balance' we're ready to trade for Qtum.
Click here to jump straight to the QTUM/ETH exchange market on Binance.
The exchange page can look overwhelming at first, but don't worry, we're only going to use a small part of it.
There are two ways of buying coins:
A 'Limit' order, which lets you manually set the price at which you want to buy QTUM.
A 'Market' buy, which fills your order automatically at the best price available.
As market buy is the simpler of the two options we'll go with that.
Look for the big green 'Buy QTUM' button.
Above it, click the 'Market' option.
In the input box marked 'Amount' you now need to fill in how many QTUM you'd like to buy. It may be easier to use the percentage buttons below the input box- for example, press 50% if you'd like to exchange 50% of your Ethereum for QTUM.
When you're happy with the amount, press the buy button.
Your order will be filled immediately.
Press 'Funds' along the top menu, then 'Deposits Withdrawals'.
In the search box, type QTUM. You will now see your new QTUM in your QTUM wallet.
If you're comfortable with it, you could just leave your coins on Binance and they would probably be safe. However, exchanges have been hacked in the past, and people have lost coins, so we do recommend you keep them in a personal wallet. Here's how:
Click the 'Withdrawal' button.
In the boxes that appear, fill in this information:
Label: Write 'My wallet'
Address: Put the wallet address that you copied from QTUM wallet (in step 5).
Amount: Press the 'Max' button to send all your QTUM.
Once you're sure all this information is correct (double check you've inputted the correct wallet address!), press 'Submit'.
If you've set up two-factor authentication, you will be asked for a code from your phone. Enter it and press 'Submit'.
You will be sent an email to confirm the withdrawal.
Go to your email and click the link that has been sent to you.
Now go back to your QTUM wallet.
You should soon see the QTUM coins in your balance.
What about when you're ready to sell your Qtum?
You simply reverse the order of tasks you performed in this guide.For example, you send your Qtum to Binance, exchange it for Ethereum, send that Ethereum to Coinbase Cex.io Local Bitcoins and sell it for your preferred currency.