How to activate a segment in Zerodha

Zerodha allows activating different trading segments on its platforms based on what users want to invest or trade in - stocks, derivatives, commodities etc. Turning on only those segments you are interested in and meet eligibility for, enables quicker access to start trading those.

For example, to trade commodity futures, you need to enable the commodity segment along with futures access in your Zerodha account settings. This article guides how to easily turn on or off eligible segments on Zerodha's website or phone app.

Activating relevant categories helps ensure you can access and start trading preferred instruments faster while staying compliant operationally. Rather than search multiple platforms, you get integrated access to equity, derivatives or bonds through Kite once respective segments are activated in few clicks. We take you through steps to switch segments on or off as per your changing investment interests going ahead. Read on!

Exchange segment is not enabled Zerodha

In zerodha, you may have seen errors like "Exchange segment is not enabled Zerodha". While trying to punch orders in some segments. It is because that segment is not enabled to trade in your account. You can activate F&O segment or currency segment with the process explained below. To trade in future and options, F&O segment should be activated.

Step by step procedure to activate a segment in Zerodha

You can easily activate segments like equity or future and option ( F&O) segment in zerodha console. Follow the step by step procedure explained below. You can also watch below video for clarity in steps explained below.

To activate a segment,
  1. Go to Zerodha console, 
  2. Then click profile. 
  3. At right side bottom there is an option to segment addition.
  4. Fill the form and upload documents needed.
  5. Submit your application.
  6. You will get email confirmation from Zerodha once segment is activated

You need to upload income proof/bank statement to activate f&o segment. If you are uploading bank statement as income proof, you need a bank statement for the past 6 months, reflecting an average balance exceeding ₹10,000. Ensure the statement is in the name of the Zerodha account holder.

In video given below I have explained step by step procedure of segment activation in zerodha in Malayalam. If you want more details, you can check that out

If you want to open a new Zerodha account , Go to this page -  Zerodha

I have explained some error messages which you can see in your zerodha account and their solution.

BSE is disabled for your account, you can activate the segment on console

BSE recently started future and options contract for their index SENSEX. If you want to trade BSE sensex option contracts, you have to enable that segment first.

To activate BSE segment, you can simply raise a ticket in zerodha support page and email them. If NSE F&O segment is active, they will activate BSE segment also in few hours.  You can also activate BSE segment from Zerodha console page. 

You will have to visit console page. Then go to segments page. Request to activate BSE segment from there. Upload any documents if needed.

NSE is disabled for your account. you can activate the segment on console

This message can show for because of various reasons. If you haven't activated NSE equity segment yet or any document is pending to upload, this error message can appear. You can activate it easily by following the procedure we explained above. You have to visit zerodha console. Then go to segments section. There you can activate any segment you want. You may have to upload any documents if needed.

Another case, where this error can occur is, if your account went dormant because of inactivity for long duration. If you haven't used the account for more than a year, it may go dormant. If that is the case, you will have to complete re-KYC. You can contact broker by raising ticket through support portal or by email. They will guide you in this case. 

You can do this also through zerodha console itself. You will have to complete KYC again. It will show there if KYC is needed.

How can I check which segments are active in my zerodha account

You can check this detail also in your kite console page. After logging in to you console page, click "my profile" tab. There you can find active segments in tour account.

Read detailed comparison between zerodha and upstox here Zerodha vs Upstox detailed comparison.

To read complete tutorial of zerodha kite web with order types and how to buy and sell a share in zerodha, check this post zerodha kite tutorial with video.


How to activate currency segment in Zerodha

Normally currency segment is activated when you open an account itself. But if its not, you can activate this segment by requesting segment activation from zerodha console. You can follow same procedure I explained above for activating currency segment. You will have to upload an income proof or 6 months bank statement.

How to activate commodity segment in Zerodha

To activate commodity segment in zerodha, follow procedure explained below.

  1. First you have to go to Zerodha Console. I have explained it in video give above if you are dont know how to go to console page.
  2. In console page, you can find commodity segment. Under that you have to click on the Activate segment button. 
  3. Then click commodity account button and then click Continue.
  4. From the drop-down menu, select the income range, Trading experience & Commodity trade classification. You may have filled it while opening your main account. 
  5. You will have to attach the income proof/6 months bank statement. 
  6. You have to fill “File password tab” if your file is password protected. Otherwise leave it blank.

Next step is to esign segment activation form. You will be redirected to esign page once you complete above steps. You can esign the document if your aadhar and mobile number is linked. Once you complete esign process and submit form, your commodity account will be activated within 48 hours.

There is a charge of Rs.100 to activate commodity segment. It will be deducted from your ledger balance.

If your aadhar and mobile is not linked, you can download commodity trading form, fill it, sign it and send it to,

Zerodha HO

Zerodha, #153/154,
4th Cross, J.P Nagar 4th Phase,
Opp. Clarence Public School,
Bengaluru - 560078

You will have include income proof along with the form.

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