The complete list of Zcash Wallets
There are two kinds of addresses in Zcash: Transparent and Private. Private Addresses start with the Letter Z, Transparent starts with the letter T,choose the wallet that fits your personal needs.
PC/Mac/Linux Wallets – These Wallets run the Zcash client and some have a full node. You can use Private and Transparent addresses with these. The fastest way to start using Zcash on your computer is to use ZecWallet Lite:
Note: The Official Zcash Client from ECC is only on Linux, here is the Official User Guide.
ZecWallet and ZecWallet lite is open source sponsored by the Zcash Foundation
Zepio Wallet is open source from the Zcash Foundation
You can find a list of the API commands to use with these Zcash wallets Here
Be sure to perform regular Backups of your wallet.
Internet Wallets – Many of the websites below also have a Smartphone App you can download for your phone to manage your Zcash. Be sure to use strong passwords and enable 2-factor authentication when it is available. CryptoCompare has a nice guide to help you research before choosing.
GUARDA is the first smartphone wallet to support Private and Transparent addresses:
These other smartphone wallets work with Zcash Transparent Addresses:
Hardware Wallets – Hardware wallets are the safest way to store your Zcash and other cryptocurrencies. The main drawback (for now) is that they only support Zcash Transparent Addresses and they cost between $79-$139. You purchase a physical device which has a number of safeguards to prevent theft and have emergency steps you can take to recover your Zcash if your device is lost:
Exchange Wallets – Exchange wallets are one of the easiest to set up because all you have to do is create an account with one of the many Exchanges that support Zcash. After you create an account it is very simple to generate an address to receive/spend or trade Zcash. At the moment only one exchange Shapeshift.io supports payment to Private Addresses
IMPORTANT: The most important thing you need to keep in mind about wallets is that by using a wallet (whether on your own computer, on an app, or on an exchange) YOU are acting as your own Bank. If you lose, misplace, forget your password, or are somehow hacked then your Zcash will be lost forever. Be very careful when dealing with wallets be sure to perform regular Backups and always use strong passwords to help protect yourself.
Here are a few videos explaining how to create and use the different types of wallets: