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How to get a Wirex card (from both desktop and Wirex App)

March 15, 2016 8:37 am Published by

Here is a step-by-step guide on how to get a Wirex card from Wirex platforms (desktop, app).

To get a Wirex card, you must have an  account. Please follow steps 1 and 2 on how to open an account, or if you already have one, you can jump straight to step 3 to find out how to get a card. Redeem you first card for free from or Wirex app: Android | iOS.

What you need

  •  A working email address.
  •  Optional – install Wirex app: Android | iOS.
  • For virtual and plastic cards payments – some bitcoins in another wallet or funds in an existing Wirex card.
  • Documents to verify your ID and address (for verification).

How to get a Wirex card from desktop platform

To get a Wirex Card from the Wirex app, please see next section.

Step 1: Open a Wirex account at

Register 1

Step 2: After registration, check your email and click on the activation link.

Register 3

Once you click the activation link, your Wirex account is live.

Step 3: Order a card

The virtual card costs US$3, and the plastic card costs US$17 (including delivery). Don’t know which one to get? Find out which Wirex card is better for you. We suggest you transfer the amount plus a little extra — sometimes the bitcoin price fluctuates. The first virtual card is free for all new accounts!

To add funds for card payment, you can transfer:


If the sending wallet supports BitGo Instant, you will receive bitcoins in your Wirex account within minutes. If not, please allow approximately 30 minutes or more for the Bitcoin network to process the transaction.

Add Funds Dashboard 1


Altcoins will be converted at the best possible rate via Shapeshift and appear as bitcoin in your Wirex bitcoin wallet.

Add Funds Dashboard ETH

Bank transfer and alternative payment methods

Note: You need an existing Wirex card to use this option.

Add Funds Dashboard (virtual Card)

Step 4: Order a new card

After you have bitcoins in your account, you can now order new virtual cards and plastic cards! Go to your account dashboard and request a new card. Select the card with your preferred currency (choose between USD, GBP or EUR) and the card type (choose between physical/plastic or virtual).

Dashboard for Block account

Step 5: Fill in your personal info

You can use any residence address to fill up this page — good news for travelers! However, if you wish to verify your account later (verified Wirex accounts have higher limits), please add your official residence address, the one used on your ID, bank documents, bills, etc.

Virtual card

Card Order 1

Plastic card

Card Order - Plastic 1

Please note that we are unable to deliver plastic cards to some countries. You can check which countries Wirex can deliver to. If your country is not supported, you will see the following error message.

Order Card 2 - Unsupported Country

Step 6: Complete the billing and delivery page

You can choose between standard or expedited delivery. Depending on where you live, a plastic card may take weeks to arrive. We suggest you get your first virtual card for free first. You can use it while you wait for the (US$17) plastic card to arrive. If you want an expedited card with delivery tracking, this will cost US$50.

Card Order - Plastic 2 (Same as)

Step 7: Make payment and you’re done!

You can make payment from your Wirex bitcoin wallet or from funds in your existing Wirex card.

If you selected the virtual card, check your email inbox in a few minutes. You can use it as soon as it arrives.

If you selected the plastic card, check here to see how long it will take to arrive.


How to get a Wirex card from Wirex App

Step 1: Download Wirex app

You can download Wirex app from these links: Android | iOS

If you don’t have an account with Wirex, go ahead and register straight from the app.

Step 2: Transfer some bitcoin into Wirex account to pay for card

The virtual card costs US$3 (first card is free for all new accounts), and the plastic card costs US$17 (including delivery). Don’t know which one to get? Read more about which Wirex card is better for you. We suggest you transfer the amount plus a little extra — sometimes the bitcoin price fluctuates.

To get your Wirex bitcoin address, generate one by tapping the icon on the lower-right corner. Transfer your bitcoin to this address.

Step 3: Go to Main Screen

Select your preferred currency – choose between USD, GBP or EUR. Select ‘Order new card’.

Enter some information – choose the card type (plastic or virtual) and other personal details.

Depending on where you live, a plastic card may take weeks to arrive. We suggest you get a virtual card first. You can use it while you wait for the (US$17) plastic card to arrive.

The card cost is shown to you in bitcoin. you’re ready, click on ‘Submit’.

wirex card app

What’s Next?

Congratulations, you have a Wirex card! You will be able to see your new card account on the main screen and receive your card details by email. 

If you haven’t, we suggest you start verifying your account. Verified accounts have better benefits, such as more funding options and higher limits. Here’s how to verify your Wirex account.

If you’d like to start using the card for online payments or to make cheap and fast international money transfers, you can top up your account with bitcoins, or through bank transfer*, PayPal and other funding methods*. Here’s how to top up your card.

* Verification required for these options.

Information that will help you use your card:

  • Please read here for a beginner’s guide to Wirex cards.
  • Please read here to learn how to buy bitcoin with PayPal
  • Please read here to learn how to top up with litecoin, ether, and other major cryptocurrencies.
  • Please read here to learn the differences between our virtual and plastic cards.
  • Please read here for more info about card types and limits.
  • Please read here to find out the 11 advantages of the virtual card.
  • Please read here if you have a business and would like to start accepting bitcoins.
  • Please read here if you’d like to earn referrals with the card.
  • Please read here if you’d like to learn more about our company.

Enjoy your new Wirex card!

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