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What are "Shareable Links?"
What are "Shareable Links?"

Learn how to send cryptocurrency to people even if they don't yet have a digital wallet.

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Written by Graham
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What are "Shareable Links?"

This is a feature that allows you to send bitcoin cash in the form of a link. The recipient simply clicks on the link to claim the bitcoin cash you sent!

You can provide the link to the recipient in any way you like. For example, you can send it via messaging app (Whatsapp, Line, Telegram, etc.), email, or SMS, and even by text.

If the recipient already has the Wallet app, they'll instantly receive the bitcoin cash the moment they open the link. If the recipient doesn't have the Wallet app, they'll be taken to Google Play or the App Store where they can download the Wallet and instantly claim the bitcoin cash you sent.

How to send a Shareable Link

  1. From the app's home screen, tap "SEND."

  2. Select Bitcoin Cash as the asset to send.

  3. Select "Shareable Link" as the sending method.

  4. Enter the amount to send (you can enter the amount in either local currency or bitcoin cash).

  5. Review the transaction, then slide the arrow to confirm.

  6. Select the method for sending the link. You can choose from any of the apps on your phone. For example, if you select WhatsApp, you'll be prompted to choose from your WhatsApp contacts. The contact you select will receive a clickable link in the chat. You also have the option to include a personal message.

  7. You’re done!

Please see an instructional video here:

How to receive a Shareable Link

  1. Open the app your link was sent to.

  2. Tap or click the link.

  3. You’re done!

Please see an instructional video here

If you don’t already have the Wallet installed, you’ll be prompted to download it when you click the Shareable Link. Once the app is installed, you’ll be able to claim the money instantly.

What happens if the recipient doesn't open the link?

You can always reclaim the link. See below.

How to cancel/reclaim a shared link

Either tap on the link in the chat you sent it in or navigate to the transaction in your wallet's transaction history and select "Check status" > "Reclaim funds."

Please see an instructional video here

Why do Shareable Links only work for Bitcoin Cash?

There are two reasons: low fees, and fast confirmation time. First, because fees for sending Bitcoin Cash are negligible, the recipient will receive essentially the same dollar amount you sent. This makes it possible to send even small amounts of BCH, perfect for introducing friends and family to crypto, settling bills between friends, and so on.

On the second point, confirmation time, with Bitcoin Cash, because there’s no ‘replace-by-fee,’ unconfirmed transactions are irreversible. In practice, this means that when you send Bitcoin Cash, the recipient can receive it almost instantly because, unlike Bitcoin or Ethereum, there’s no need to wait for the next block.

Read more about Bitcoin Cash’s features here.

The Team is hard at work integrating other low-fee blockchains that have fast confirmation times. Once those chains are supported in the Wallet, we’ll be able to offer Shareable Links for cryptoassets on those chains as well. Stay tuned!

Other things to note about Shareable Links

When you create a Shareable Link, you are effectively setting aside an amount of bitcoin cash temporarily. The amount you set aside leaves your wallet as soon as you create the link, but it won't be received until someone claims the link. For this reason, the dollar-value amount of the bitcoin cash you sent may have changed by the time the recipient claims it. In bitcoin cash terms though, the amount sent will not change.

⚠️ Note that anyone who clicks the link can claim the bitcoin cash you sent - so, unless you want to give away some bitcoin cash, don't post the link publicly.

If you’re having issues generating or claiming a Shareable Link, please check out this support article on the topic.

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