Tl;dr: Coinbase Wallet makes it simple to trade tokens on your choice of network. This month, we expanded our trading features to support token swaps on BNB Chain and Avalanche.
By Catherine Shyu Sullivan, Senior Product Manager
More than $1 trillion were traded on decentralized exchanges (DEXs) in 2021 — a staggering 858% increase from 2020. Coinbase Wallet brings the expansive world of DEX trading to your fingertips, where you can easily swap thousands of tokens, trade on your preferred network, and discover the lowest fees.
Today, we’re providing even more reasons to trade on Coinbase Wallet. In addition to making swaps on Ethereum and Polygon, you can now trade on BNB Chain (formerly Binance Smart Chain) and Avalanche, letting you swap a greater variety of tokens than most traditional centralized exchanges can offer.
Decentralized exchanges are peer-to-peer marketplaces that enable transactions to occur directly between users, fulfilling one of crypto’s core tenets of fostering financial freedom without banks, brokers, or other intermediaries. DEXs also provide access to the emerging world of web3 through tokens such as ApeCoin, JOE, PancakeSwap and others.
Coinbase Wallet’s in-app DEX makes it easy to access these types of tokens through its trading feature, which compares rates across multiple exchanges through the 0x API and saves you the extra steps along the way. Adding support for networks such as BNB Chain, Avalanche, and Polygon means you can trade more tokens, faster, and with more affordable network fees (read more about those here).
It’s easy to get started with Coinbase Wallet’s built-in DEX trading feature. Tap the ‘trade’ button in your mobile app or click the ‘swap’ icon in the browser extension, pick the token you want to exchange and the token you’d like to exchange it for, tap ‘confirm’, and you’re all set — it’s that quick and easy.
To trade tokens on a different network, simply tap the network icon in the top right corner of the Wallet mobile app, or click the network name in your browser extension, and select the network you’d like to make your swap on. Before swapping on a network, make sure you have the native token of the network you wish to make a swap on in your wallet to cover the network fees. For example, for a swap on Avalanche, you will need some AVAX in your wallet.