Once you’ve decided which cryptocurrencies to purchase, you’ll want to check up on how they’re doing.
With Bitcoin now included on many major stock trackers such as Yahoo Finance and Apple’s Stocks app, tracking the price of the original cryptocurrency has never been easier.
But if you hold altcoins in your portfolio, or you want a dedicated cryptocurrency app, what tools are out there to help you track their prices?
Luckily, there are some great options developed specifically for the crypto community. Delta and Blockfolio are two of the most popular apps.
Personally, I’ve found both to be great tools to track the prices of cryptoassets I’m interested in, and you can’t really go wrong with either. They do have their own pros and cons, though, so read on to find out which best suits your needs.
Delta has a similar set up to Blockfolio, and matches all of its features.
There is a Home tab, a Market Overview, and a News tab that makes it incredibly easy to keep track of your portfolio, all in a simple, elegant package.
Delta, like Blockfolio, gives you the option of syncing your portfolio with an exchange account. You can also add transactions manually. To do so:
Delta Direct provides a similar link to Blockfolio’s Signal. You can follow teams and get updates on development progress for a range of coins.
All in all, the free version of Delta is pretty comparable to Blockfolio. As both apps offer essentially the same features, your decision might come down to which style you prefer.
However, if you’re looking to go beyond the basic offerings, Delta has a couple of tricks up its sleeve. Unlike Blockfolio, Delta offers a Pro version, as well as a free desktop app.
Delta Pro offers some handy additions to the free version of the app. You can sync your portfolio with an unlimited number of exchanges (a process we’ll go through below), gain access to portfolio analytics and insights, sync your portfolio across multiple devices, and use live price feeds rather than having to manually refresh.
You can even enable monochrome mode and tweak the aesthetics of the app.
Delta’s desktop offering makes managing your portfolio across multiple devices easy. The larger charts and clean interface sure beat staring at tiny candles on a phone screen. Additionally, importing transactions manually into your portfolio is much easier using the desktop client.
For an all-in-one crypto price tracker and news source, it’s hard to beat Blockfolio, especially if you only need a mobile app.
Blockfolio supports over 8000 cryptocurrencies and Ethereum tokens, as well as more than 300 exchanges. With Blockfolio you’ll be able to track the price of even your most obscure altcoin holding.
Exploring the app, there are four main tabs. From left to right, these are:
Here’s where you can quickly and easily check the value of your portfolio. When opening the app, you’ll be presented with the total value of your holdings, as well as its change over the last 24 hours.
In addition to USD (or any fiat currency from the Albanian Lek to the Zimbabwean Dollar) you can also choose to display the value of your portfolio in BTC or ETH. Simply tap on the portfolio value to cycle through each reference currency.
You can also create new portfolios to categorize your holdings. To do this:
Blockfolio Signal is designed for developers and teams to keep in touch with their communities and investors. Here, you will find updates for coins you follow in your portfolio, as well as a weekly recap from Blockfolio.
The News tab collates recent articles from a range of crypto-focused publications. You can select from a list which outlets you would like to follow.
The Markets tab ranks cryptocurrencies and assets by their market capitalization. You can check out trade volume from the last 24 hours, the total crypto market cap, and Bitcoin dominance.
You can easily set up alerts, so Blockfolio notifies you via push notification when a certain condition is met. This could be a percentage move over a certain timeframe, say 3% in the last hour, or the price hitting a defined level.
Overall, Blockfolio is a great choice to track your crypto portfolio. It boasts the most users in its class, and supports any coin you can name.
One feature that is however lacking is a desktop version. If this is a must-have feature to meet your needs, read on.
One of the major drawcards of portfolio trackers like Delta and Blockfolio is their ability to automatically sync with any and all exchanges you trade on. This means that all you have to do to get an overview of your positions is open up an app, rather than sort through multiple tabs on Binance or Coinbase.
This process is a little more technically involved than simply tapping and adding coins manually, but it will save you a lot of time in the future, particularly if you actively trade more than a couple of coins.
For this example, we’ll add a Binance account to Blockfolio and Delta. The process is the same for all other exchanges, the only difference will be the exact place you find your API keys on your preferred exchange.
In case you get stuck, Blockfolio has in-depth guides for all major exchanges. Delta has instructions for Binance, Coinbase Pro and Bitfinex.
Log in to your exchange and find the API Settings. An API, short for Application Programming Interface, allows third-party apps to access your exchange data.
Create an API and name it appropriately. You may end up with multiple API keys so knowing which is which is important.
You’ll receive an email asking if you want to confirm creating new API keys. Proceed with this, then you’ll be taken to your keys.
You only need to enable the Read Only option. If you have a stable IP address on your phone, it’s also worth whitelisting it to increase security.
Next, import these keys into Blockfolio or Delta either by entering the keys manually or by scanning the QR code.
As shown above, you can also input transactions manually. Doing this one by one would be a time-consuming process. If you cannot connect an exchange account to Blockfolio, this is your only option.
Delta, on the other hand, offers the ability to import a .csv file containing all your transactions. You’ll need to use the Delta desktop app to do that, which you can download here.
You’ll need to download your trade history as a .csv file from your exchange. For Coinbase users, this is found in the Tax Center. Binance users can download their .csv file under the Trade History tab.
Usefully, Delta has also provided a spreadsheet template you can use to ensure your trades sync correctly with your portfolio. Take a look at it here. It should be a simple matter of copying and pasting the data from your exchange’s .csv file and making sure it matches up.
In the Delta desktop app, navigate to Settings and scroll down to Import/Export. Select the .csv file you downloaded from your exchange and import it.
Delta will ask you to confirm the import and give an overview of the assets to be added to your portfolio. Note: SAM stands for Sample.
You’ll then have a full list of all your trades successfully imported into your portfolio. This makes it much easier to see your initial buy in price and thus calculate your profit/loss since then.
The most popular portfolio tracking apps by number of users worldwide are:
We’ve covered the main features of Delta and Blockfolio, and the other apps share many of these. In addition, BitUniverse allows you to trade from within the app, which could simplify things if you use multiple exchanges.
In general, it’s a matter of picking which app you like best. Blockfolio and Delta are the most popular in the U.S. and are actively updated with great support available.
Whether yours is a true poorfolio or you’re managing upwards of five figures, these portfolio tracking apps are great tools that help you view all your holdings in the one place.
API connections make it easy to sync all your trading history, past and future, with the app.
Delta desktop allows you to import all your past transactions in the form of a .csv file. This same file can also be used with tax software to help you calculate any capital gains and/or losses.