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Localbitcoins does not support sending to bech32 #5371

INEEDTHIS1 opened this issue May 22, 2019 · 2 comments


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commented May 22, 2019

I have just downloaded Electrum 3.6.6. updated version to my PC (windows).

Installed the process and have the wallet, but when i tried to send BTC to the wallet for a payment that needs to be done right now, from my Localbitcoins wallet, it tells me that the Electrum wallet address is not valid or not correct.

I have doubled checked for any mistake in copying the Electrum wallet address, but it's all correct though on my Localbitcoins portal the address can't receive BTC.... Please I need urgent help to resolve this problem (anyone pls).


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commented May 22, 2019

Localbitcoins probably does not support segwit bech32 addresses (this a standard from 2 years ago), which Electrum now uses by default.
You should complain to Localbitcoins.

For the meantime, you can create another wallet in Electrum, File>New/Restore, and select
Standard wallet>Create a new seed and then select Legacy instead of Segwit.
This will create an old type wallet that has old type addresses.

Again, please complain to Localbitcoins.

@SomberNight SomberNight added the bech32 label May 22, 2019

@ecdsa ecdsa closed this May 22, 2019

@SomberNight SomberNight changed the title PLEASE HELP ME OUT URGENTLY Localbitcoins does not support sending to bech32 May 22, 2019


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commented May 22, 2019

Got it solve. thanks to you SomberNight.

Now the Electrum receives BTC, and so I have to pay BTC from Electrum to Coingate. I hope it works on sending to Coingate now.


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