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A step by step guide on how to buy & store the Stellar Lumens (XLM) cryptocurrency

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What is Stellar Lumens?

Stellar is a decentralized protocol that enables money to be sent anywhere in the world, to anyone, free and instantly, in any currency.

What are XLM coins?

Stellar coins represent value on the network.

Important note

This guide is not, and should not be regarded as 'investment advice' or as a 'recommendation' regarding a course of action.

How to buy Stellar Lumens
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First we need to set up a wallet to store the Stellar Lumens coins you're about to buy.

We're going to assume you're working on a desktop/laptop and so will use a desktop wallet.

Go to the Stellar Wallet Github. This is where this open source project posts their latest wallet installation files.

Choose the download that works for your computer (for example, StellarDesktopWin64-v3.0.zip will work on a Windows 64-bit computer).

Setting up Stellar Desktop Client wallet
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Unzip the downloaded files and place the folder somewhere safe and handy- for example, your desktop.

Run the wallet executable file (on windows it's called StellarWallet.exe).

Your wallet will open.

Setting up Stellar Desktop Client wallet
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Click 'Create New Account'.

Then 'Create Empty Account'.

You will asked to name and save your new wallet file. Give it an obvious name, for example 'my_stellar_wallet'.

Click save.

Setting up Stellar Desktop Client wallet
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Now you need to enter a password to encrypt your wallet file.

Enter a password that would be hard to guess (but which you won't forget!).

Note: if you forget this password you could lose access to your coins.

Press 'Encrypt'.

Your new wallet file will now be saved, as whatever name you gave it. Go find it and back it up somewhere safe and private- because if in the future you lose or delete this file you lose access to your wallet and coins.

Setting up Stellar Desktop Client wallet
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You're now given your new Stellar wallet address. Copy this down somewhere safe as we'll need it soon.

You're also given a Secret Key to your wallet. This allows anyone to open your wallet without knowing the password.

Copy this Secret Key down and keep it somewhere private and safe.

Once you've saved your Key, click 'Yes, I saved my secret key'.

Setting up Stellar Desktop Client wallet
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Now we'll purchase the popular cryptocurrency Ethereum, so that we can exchange it for Stellar Lumens (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:

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Coinbase
Operates in 32 countries.
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Cex.io
Worldwide coverage, 99% of countries.
There are also some other exchanges listed here.
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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).

Coinbase
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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.

Signing up to Coinbase
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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 means higher fees but offers instant purchasing. Using a bank transfer is cheaper but slower (taking up to a week to get your coins).

Signing up to Coinbase
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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.

Buying Ethereum on Coinbase
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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.

Confirm buying Ethereum on Coinbase
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Click here to go to Cex.io

Click the 'Register' button along the top menu.

Cex.io
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Enter your email address and a secure password. Click the checkbox to agree to the terms.

Click 'Register'.

Signing up to Cex.io
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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.

Signing up to Cex.io
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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'.

Signing up to Cex.io
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Look for your user ID in the top menu, hover your mouse over it and in the drop down menu click 'Verification'.

Signing up to Cex.io
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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.

Signing up to Cex.io
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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.

Signing up to Cex.io
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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'.

Signing up to Cex.io
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You'll be asked to confirm your buy.

Check everything looks correct and click 'Confirm the order'.

Signing up to Cex.io
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Congratulations- you now own some Ethereum!

Press 'Ok'.

Signing up to Cex.io
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Now we'll use the site Changelly to exchange your Ethereum for Stellar Lumens. 

Click here to go to the Ethereum / Stellar Lumens exchange page.

Choose how much Ethereum you're going to exchange.

In the box marked 'You get' it will now display how many Stellar Lumens you will receive.

Once you're happy, click the big green 'Exchange' button.

Go to Changelly
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You will be asked to register with Changelly using your social media or - and this we recommend- simply your email address.

They won't ask for your name, address or anything like that.

Signup with Changelly
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A confirmation screen will ask you to look over the transaction to be sure everything looks correct. Click 'Next'.

Confirm transaction on Changelly
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You will be asked for your XLM address.

This is your personal wallet address we saved earlier from Stellar Desktop Client wallet in step 5.

Copy and paste this address into the box and click 'Next'.

Enter wallet address
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You will be asked to look over the transaction one more time. Take your time, make sure it all looks correct, and then press 'Confirm and make payment'.

Confirm transaction on Changelly
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You will be presented with an address to send your Ethereum to. Copy it.

Confirm transaction on Changelly
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Now, return to Coinbase.

Click 'Accounts' from the top menu, then find your Ethereum wallet listed on the left.

Click 'Send'.

Sending Ethereum on Coinbase
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In the 'Recipient' box, paste the Ethereum wallet address we just copied from Changelly.

In amount, type how much Ethereum you wish to send (there is a 'use max' option if you wish to send it all).

Click 'Continue'.

Coinbase may ask you to confirm with your password/phone. Follow the instructions until it confirms the Ethereum are sent.

Sending Ethereum on Coinbase
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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 Changelly.

Once you've looked everything over, click the check box to confirm you've double checked everything is correct.

Press 'Withdraw'.

Signing up to Cex.io
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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'.

Signing up to Cex.io
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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.

Signing up to Cex.io
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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 5 and 30 minutes to arrive at Changelly. The Changelly page will update automatically so there's no need to refresh it.

While you're waiting, consider sharing this guide with your friends and followers to spread the word about Stellar Lumens, encouraging its popularity and value to grow.

Here's some share buttons to make it easy:

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Once your Ethereum arrives at Changelly it will automatically refresh to keep you updated on the three steps of conversion:

1) Waiting for payment

2) Exchanging

3) Sending to your wallet

Exchange process
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Once the transaction is complete a confirmation screen will appear. Do not close this page yet.

Exchange process
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Go back to your Stellar Desktop Client wallet.

You will see your coins appear in your wallet balance.

If after an hour the coins haven't appeared, go back to the Changelly exchange page and scroll to the bottom, then click the 'Having troubles?' box and follow the instructions.

Setting up Stellar Desktop Client wallet
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