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Crypto Wallets Users Grew by Over 6% in 2022: Huobi

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Updated by Paolo Besabella
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In Brief

  • Huobi says crypto wallets users grew to 85 million in 2022.
  • Crypto wallets have seen increased patronage due to FTX's failure.
  • The ecosystem still faces a number of challenges despite its growth.
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New Huobi research has revealed that the number of crypto wallet users worldwide grew by 6.3% to 85 million as of November 2022.

The report said non-self-custodial wallets could potentially introduce Web2 users to Web3. It noted that these wallets could do this because they have simplified the onboarding process and the complexity attached to the crypto industry.

Huobi wrote that wallets have become “a must-have for new users to enter the crypto world.” According to the firm, it is one of the most critical infrastructures in the blockchain ecosystem.

Crypto wallets classification
Source: Huobi

Meanwhile, crypto wallets generated total revenue of $1.398 billion in 2022. The earnings are expected to cross $3 billion within the next decade.

2022 was the Year of Crypto Wallets

Crypto wallet usage came to the fore during the recent FTX implosion, where several analysts highlighted the importance of self-custody.

Several crypto hardware wallets like Trezor and Ledger reported a surge in demand due to the FTX contagion. During the height of the run, reports revealed that roughly 15 million Bitcoin went into self-custody.

Binance-backed Trust Wallet also saw an increase in its use as CEO Changpeng ‘CZ’ Zhao shilled the importance of self-custody. According to CZ, self-custody is a fundamental human right.

Challenges Still Abound

Despite the successes in the space in 2022, the ecosystem still faces several challenges.

Huobi highlighted crypto wallets’ three main challenges: user-friendliness, security, privacy, and regulation.

According to Huobi, most wallet brands have poor interaction with their users. Besides, discussions surrounding privacy invasion were raised when ConsenSys (MetaMask and Infura’s parent company) revealed it would collect users’ IP and ETH addresses.

Meanwhile, CZ recently cautioned that around 99% of people trying to self-custody their assets would lose them. He argued that these people might not store their security keys securely or even back them up correctly.

He added that there are other challenges self-custody poses to users that a centralized exchange might be able to solve.

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Oluwapelumi Adejumo
Oluwapelumi believes Bitcoin and blockchain technology have the potential to change the world for the better. He is an avid reader and began writing about crypto in 2020.