I have btc in coinbase, how do I switch some of it to ethers? I don't have a bank account attached to it, and don't want to. I tried the coinbase information, but it says I have to attach a bank account.
[Ethereum] How to switch bitcoin to ether in coinbase
For cryptocurrency wallets, you have four choices:
Web-based wallet: Which is what you have with Coinbase; they have the keys for you and make things easier for you (as you don't have to install anything locally). Coinbase does have the option of a "Vault" which adds more control back to you if you're concerned about them handling your private keys, though it's currently only for Bitcoin assets, so not useful for your Ether.
Full Local wallet: That would be like the Mist wallet/browser; you install it locally and interact with it on your desktop. It's more secure since you have the keys locally, and you get a copy of the blockchain locally, so you can interact with it directly. Downside is that the blockchain does take up a fair chunk of hard drive space.
Lite Local wallet: You don't need to have the whole blockchain just to transfer Ether around. Installing a lite client like Jaxx would allow you to transfer your funds from Coinbase to your local wallet, but you're then trusting Jaxx's Ethereum nodes to communicate with. You have more control over your private key, but it's still trusting a third-party.
Hardware wallet: A TREZOR- or Ledger-type device is the most secure in terms of keeping your private key safe, though you then need to use their applications or a web-based wallet that can interact with them (like MyEtherWallet.com) to use your funds.
So, if you're concerned about Coinbase having your private keys, you can either pick another web-based wallet provider that you trust more (generate a wallet on MyEtherWallet, or install MetaMask), or use a local client, or purchase a hardware wallet.
My general recommendation is to use different wallets when the value of what you're saving increases. Aside from the advice to never invest more than you could risk losing, I'd say using a local wallet (lite wallet app on phone or laptop) for "pocket change" daily spending currency, and a hardware wallet for long-term savings is a good route to go. Web-based wallets are okay for special uses (exchanges, etc.), but shouldn't be storing the majority of your funds.
You should be able to transfer GBP using any exchange that supports SEPA. This should include Coinbase, but if that's not working for you then you may want to try Kraken or BitStamp. You should be able to withdraw your digital currency from Coinbase to either your own wallet or your deposit address at another exchange.
Note that these exchanges may have identity verification requirements that have to be satisfied before they will allow you to withdraw large sums, or at all. You may need to complete identity verification steps to withdraw digital currency from Coinbase, and also to withdraw GBP from either Coinbase or whatever exchange that you try using instead.
You can go to gdax.com (the exchange portion of coinbase), and from there you are able to deposit your BTC that is currently in your Coinbase account. From there, simply make the exchange on the ETH-BTC market. You can then withdrawal the ETH back into your Coinbase account.