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Sending & Receiving Bitcoin

How do I use the Lightning Network on River?

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Before sending and receiving Bitcoin is enabled, you will be asked to verify your identity. Once your identity has been verified, you will have Bitcoin sending and receiving enabled in your account.

The Lightning Network is a protocol that enables instant, low-cost Bitcoin transactions. River currently supports receiving up to 0.1 BTC with Lightning and sending up to 0.1 BTC with Lightning.

You can only use the Lightning Network if the non-River wallet you are sending from also supports Lightning. You can also view how to send Bitcoin via on-chain here.

Receiving with Lightning

1. Click "Transfer" in the navigation bar at the top of your screen.

Account Page

2. Click "Transfer Bitcoin" and then click "Next".

Account Page

3. Click "Receive to River Account” and then click "Next".

Transfer Modal

4. Select the "Lightning Transfer" option and click "Next".

Receive Modal

5. Select the River account you wish to receive Bitcoin to and enter the amount you will be receiving.

Account Page

4. You will now see a Lightning invoice, represented as a QR code and a long alphanumeric string. Pay the invoice from your non-River Lightning wallet by scanning the QR code or by copying and pasting the Lightning invoice text.

Lightning Invoice Modal

5. You will receive this confirmation to indicate your Lightning Network transaction was successful.

Confirmation Modal

Sending with Lightning

1. Click "Transfer" in the navigation bar at the top of your screen.

River Account Page

2. Click "Transfer Bitcoin" and then click "Next".

River Transfer Bitcoin Modal

3. Click "Send from River Account” and then click "Next".

River Financial Send Bitcoin

4. Select the "Lightning Transfer" option and click "Next".

River Financial Send With Lighting

5. Select the River account from which you wish to send Bitcoin.

Select Account

6. Next, paste the Lightning invoice you wish to pay. When you paste the invoice, the amount will be automatically populated.

Invoice Details Modal

7. Please confirm the details of your transaction. Check that the amount is accurate and click "Confirm".

Confirm Details

7. You will receive this confirmation to indicate your Lightning Network transaction was successful.

Confirmation Modal