Pros and cons of different wallets?

Hi all,

New here, so I hope this is an appropriate question and forum. I am interested in the work you are doing, particularly the really awesome improvements introduced recently in Sapling. It seems Zcash is the unquestionable leader in the privacy coin space, at least as far as technology goes.

I will be acquiring some Zcash soon and I am hoping the community can give me some insight into the different wallet options available, especially with all of the changes going on with Sapling. What are the best software wallets available? Are there any that are fully supporting shielded transactions yet? I’d prefer one with a graphical interface if possible, but that’s not a hard requirement. Mostly I am just looking for something simple to get my feet wet – even if shielded transactions aren’t supported just yet.

Thanks in advance for any input!

-r

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Zecwallet and Zepio are full node wallets supporting shielded txs, Zecwallet is really good, haven’t tried Zepio yet


Not much experience with hot wallets

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Hi @_rsi3 you can find a list of wallets at

If you want to use Zcashs privacy features you will want to look at Zepio or ZecWallet (which are both full nodes so you have to download the entire blockchain which can take awhile)

Otherwise for long term storage I recommend a Trezor hardware wallet (but it doesn’t support private transactions yet). Or if you only want transparent address there are a number of apps that let you control your private keys like Jaxx, Guarda, or Coinomi.

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Thanks for your input! I’m still a little unsure about trying to run a full node, but maybe it is worth it…

If anyone else reading has thoughts on lightweight wallets, let me know. I understand they might not be supporting shielded transactions just yet, but hopefully that is coming soon. :slight_smile:

yes, there are coming soon to light wallets, just a matter of time :wink:

https://electriccoin.co/blog/the-zcash-reference-wallet-is-here/

Note that Guarda is still testing on testnet so its not ready for real funds yet.

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There is Guarda Shielded, its 3 days old so really fresh, ill try it out letya know

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I could only get stability with my newest devices android ver8, I have a ver6 and 5.1 and both continued to crash (maybe theyre just short on ram idk, quite a few yrs old now)(however Zecwallet does work on all of them)
Otherwise it does pretty good, computation and verification times are what you’d expect (z2z just slightly longer than a t2z type (doesnt support z2t)), same old familiar guarda interface, supposedly (although likey true given they basically stake their reputation on it) your private keys aren’t transferred off your device
Weve actually been waiting for this for a while and guarda appears to have really come through
Mainnet beta testing is going on now so shouldn’t be too long

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Great! I’d like to try it as soon as possible

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It’s really not a problem to run a full node and actually it sounds more complicated as it is. All you need is a bit more space on your HDD, but at todays HDD sizes that shouldn’t be a problem at all.

Me personally isn’t a fan of true 3rd party wallets like Jaxx, Coinomi, Eidoo or others and that’s the reason me personally, always if possible i use wallets like ZecWallet/Zepio that download the full node.
I have real bad experiences with true 3rd party wallet providers like Jaxx, Coinomi, Eidoo especially.

At the current stage and today i’am as well NOT using any mobile/phone wallets due security concerns, like lost/stollen phone, access trough Wifi/BlueTooth and such.

Leaves only the option of desktop and cold wallets left and i personally prefer desktop wallets which is the best option in my opinion if you are able to keep a good PC hygiene which is a MUST in such case.

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Thanks to everyone who responded! I decided to try Guarda for now.

-r

The mainnet version is now released

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I flagged your post as SPAM since website is full of deals and ads.
Link you posted wasn’t zcash specific and just a work of copy and paste from other articles in the web.