Wallets, Portfolios, Spiele: die besten Bitcoin-Apps fürs iPhone

Während der Bitcoin sein Kursziel für 2017 längst übertroffen hat und Satoshi Nakamoto, Erfinder des Bitcoins, irgendwo in sich hinein grinst, kommen für uns Nutzer immer mehr Bitcoin-Apps auf den Markt. Das Angebot reicht von der Brieftaschen-App für virtuelle Währung über Bezahl-Anwendungen bis hin zu Spiele-Apps. Wir haben eine kleine Übersicht mit den besten Bitcoin-Apps für Kryptowährungs-Einsteiger zusammengestellt.

Für den Start: Wallet-Apps 

Um loszulegen, benötigt ihr erst einmal ein Konto für eure virtuelle Währung. Mit den sogenannten Wallet-Apps könnt ihr Bitcoin oder andere virtuelle Währungen kaufen, aufbewahren und ausgeben. Der Unterschied zu einem normalen Konto: Bitcoin-Wallets speichern die privaten Sicherheitsschlüssel, die ihr für alle Transaktionen benötigt.

Bitcoin-Apps überholen Snapchat und Instagram
Die App Coinbase überholt Snapchat und Instagram im App Store. Screenshot by Lena Simonis

Coinbase ist wohl eine der beliebtesten Anwendungen für den Handel mit virtueller Währung, auch wenn sie sich seit rund zwei Jahren nicht mehr als Wallet verstehen möchte. Die Coinbase-App hat soeben Snapchat, Instagram und YouTube als gefragteste Software im Apple App Store abgelöst. Ebenfalls sehr beliebt: Das Urgestein Blockchain, das nutzerfreundlich gestaltete Bread und Xapo. Letzteres ist vor allem aus Sicherheitsgründen zu empfehlen, da hier unter anderem Offline-Server eingesetzt werden. „Deep cold“ nennt Xapo das. Generell sind iOS-Wallets nämlich „Hot-Wallets“, da sie sich auf einem mit dem Internet verbundenen Gerät befinden.

Tipp: Hot Wallets sind anfälliger für Angriffe, da Hacker über das Internet auf Geräte zugreifen und diese infizieren können. Am sichersten speichert ihr euer Wallet also auf einem Offline-Gerät oder auf Papier. Übrigens: Auch iPhones mit Jailbreak sind anfälliger für Hackerangriffe, hier ist besondere Vorsicht geboten.

Für Investoren: Portfolio-Apps

Nach den „Cool-Kids“ haben nun auch die Investoren angebissen und tragen fleißig zum Kursanstieg des Bitcoins bei. Mit Portfolio-Apps behaltet ihr die Übersicht über eure Investitionen in virtuelle Währungen. Einer der bekanntesten Portfolio-Checker ist Blockfolio, das vor allem mit einem Preisalarm und der Funktion “Set and Forget“ punktet. Für den fortgeschrittenen Kryptowährungs-Händler eignet sich CoinTracking. Die Bitcoin-App bietet nicht nur hübsche Tortendiagramme und Echtzeitanalyse von Gewinn- und Verlust zahlreicher Kryptowährungen, sondern sogar detailierte Reportings für die Steuererklärung.

Bitcoin-Apps
Blockfolio verschafft einen Überblick über alle Kurse zu Kryptowährungen. Screenshot by Lena Simonis

Tipp: Hierzulande fallen Steuern auf Veräußerungsgewinnen nur an, wenn ihr vor Ablauf der Spekulationsfrist von zwölf Monaten eure Gewinne einstreicht. In diesem Fall müsst ihr alle über dem Freibetrag (600 Euro pro Jahr) liegenden Gewinne mit eurem persönlichen Einkommensteuersatz versteuern.

Für Konsumenten: Payment-Apps 

Neben den Spekulanten unter uns, möchte der ein oder andere seine Coins einfach auf den Kopf hauen. Dazu laden bereits einige Anbieter wie Wikipedia (Spenden) oder Microsoft (Stores für Windows und Xbox) im Netz ein. Mit speziellen Bitcoin-Apps könnt ihr eure digitale Währung aber auch in Geschäften in der realen Welt ausgeben – sollte sich denn ein entsprechendes Geschäft in eurer Nähe befinden. Fold wäre hier als Payment-App zu nennen, die in den USA bereits mit großen Unternehmen zusammen arbeitet. So können iPhone-Nutzer schon jetzt bei Starbucks oder Whole Foods mobil mit Bitcoins bezahlen. Auch Bitpay konzentriert sich darauf, sein Bezahlsystem auf Händlerseite zu integrieren und ermöglicht Transaktionen zwischen virtueller und physischer Welt über die Wallet-App.

Tipp: Bitcoins existieren schlicht gesagt nur durch Aufzeichnungen über Bitcoin-Transaktionen. Deshalb sind und bleiben Transaktionen das Rückgrat der virtuellen Währungen. Durch sie werden zurzeit noch neue Coins geschürft. Außerdem werden sich virtuelle Währungen langfristig nur durchsetzen, wenn entsprechende Unternehmen Umsätze machen. Beachtet, dass ihr Zahlungen mit Bitcoin nicht aus eigener Initiative rückgängig machen könnt. Zahlungen können nur durch den Empfänger zurückgezahlt werden. Ihr solltet also nur mit Personen und Organisationen handeln, die ihr kennt und denen ihr vertraut.

Für Händler gilt: Sofort-Transaktionen sind nicht hundertprozentig sicher. In den ersten zehn Minuten nach der Anweisung (Input) gilt die Transaktion als glaubwürdig, aber umkehrbar. Dem relativen Risiko steht allerdings ein unverhältnismäßig hohes Marketingpotential gegenüber – solange ihr noch zu den wenigen Händlern hierzulande gehören wollt, bei denen Bitcoin-Enthusiasten ihr Geld lassen können.

Für den Spieltrieb: Bitcoin-Apps fürs Gaming

Mit einigen iPhone-Apps könnt ihr virtuelle Kätzchen züchten, mit anderen spielend Geld verdienen. The Blockchain Game von Daniel Bainbridge ist seit 2016 kostenlos im App-Store verfügbar. Die App teilt sich Werbeeinnahmen mit ihren Nutzern per Bitcoin. Die einfache Aufgabe: möglichst hohe Blöcke stapeln. Alternativ könnt ihr das Spiel eure Kinder ab vier Jahren spielen lassen. Aber mindesten 17 Jahre alt müsst ihr sein, um in Bitcoin Aliens Bitcoins zu verdienen, indem ihr Außerirdische tötet.

Ganz neu im App Store und für alle interessant, die dem Cryptokitties-Hype auf dem iPhone fröhnen wollen, ist Toshi für Etherum. Die Toshi-App vereint eine sichere Messaging-Anwendung, ein Ethereum-Wallet und einen Browser für das Ethereum-Netzwerk, mit dem ihr euch nun auch mobil um eure CryptoKitties kümmern könnt. Das Spiel demonstriert auf unterhaltsame Weise das Potential des Ethereum-Netzwerks. Virtuelle Katzen im Wert von rund 15 Millionen US-Dollar sollen dort brüten.

Tipp: Glücksspiel macht süchtig und so. Auf dem App-Spielemarkt finden sich auch eine Menge zwielichtiger Gambling-Apps, bei denen man seine schönen Coins viel zu leicht verspielen kann.


Teaser-Image (adapted) „iPhone“ by FirmBee (CC0 Creative Commons), Screenshots by Lena Simonis


Lena Simonis

ist Fachjournalistin für Interactive Design, Technologie, eCommerce, digitale Wirtschaft und Bildung. Lebt seit 2003 in Hamburg und arbeitete dort unter anderem als Redakteurin für einen Kulturverein, verschiedene Fachverlage, Agenturen und Start-Ups.

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Hi Lena !
Was haelst Du von Cryptonaut (https://cryptonaut.org) ? Mir gefällt das Design wesentlich besser, als bei Blockfolio.

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