Correct an accidental cryptocurrency purchase

If you unintentionally purchase more cryptocurrency than you meant to, you can follow the steps below to immediately sell your crypto for cash. The funds will be credited to the cash balance in your Coinbase account, where they will be available for future use or to cash out.

Browser

To sell your crypto:

  1. Sign in to your Coinbase.com account.

  2. Select Buy & Sell

  3. Select Sell.

  4. Enter the amount. 

  5. Select Sell [asset] and choose the asset you want to sell. 

  6. Change the To destination, if applicable.

    • This will likely default to your local currency balance (USD) but you may have the option of adding to another balance (e.g., USDC). 

  7. Select Review order.

  8. Select Sell now to complete the sale.

Mobile app

To sell your crypto:

  1. Access the Coinbase mobile app.

  2. Select Buy & sell.

  3. Select Sell and choose the asset you want to sell.

  4. Enter the amount you want to sell.

  5. Change the Add to destination, if applicable.

    • This will likely default to your local currency balance (USD) but you may have the option of adding to another balance (e.g., USDC).

  6. Select Review order.

  7. Select Place order to complete the sale.

Once the action is complete, the funds will be available in your cash balance. Funds are not auto-transferred to your bank account; you must cash out.

Please note that selling crypto immediately after purchasing it may result in a loss due to market volatility and transaction fees. Always double check the amounts and details before confirming any transaction.

For information on how to cash out your funds, visit Cash out your balance.