Note: OpenNode recommends setting up a bitcoin wallet before attempting to make a payment. Bitcoin wallets create a better user experience for making payments by:
Giving you more control over your funds
Allowing you to better manage network fees
Making it harder to underpay bitcoin checkouts.
Step 1: Select between On-chain or Lightning
The phrase “On-chain” refers to the fact that you are making a Bitcoin payment on the Bitcoin blockchain, as opposed to a second-layer solution (like Lightning). Paying on-chain is the original way to pay with bitcoin. Therefore, if you don’t know if your wallet is a Lightning Network wallet or not, you should assume that it’s an on-chain wallet and keep the toggle set on “On-chain”. You can learn more about on-chain wallets here or here.
“Lightning” means your paying from a Lightning Network wallet. The Lightning Network is a second layer of Bitcoin that has significant useability improvements over On-chain, such as lower cost payments, quicker settlement times, and minimum payments as low as a single satoshi. Lightning payments require a wallet that supports Lightning Network payments. If you are using a Lightning Network wallet, keep the toggle set on “Lightning”. You can learn more about Lightning Network wallets here or here.
Step 2: Choose how to pay with your wallet
Once you select if you want to pay with On-chain or Lightning, there are three ways to complete a Bitcoin checkout.
Open with Wallet
If you are using a device, either on mobile or desktop, with a wallet application installed on it, you can tap “open in wallet” and the Bitcoin checkout will complete the payment inside the wallet application. This is the quickest way to complete a Bitcoin checkout if you are using one device with a Bitcoin or Lightning Network wallet application installed on it.
Scan QR code with mobile wallet
If you have a mobile wallet set up on your smart device and are viewing the Bitcoin checkout on a separate device, you can scan the QR code with the camera on your smart device. This is the easiest way to complete a Bitcoin checkout if you are using multiple devices.
Copy and paste the BTC address wallet manually
Alternatively, it is possible to copy and paste the Bitcoin address directly into your wallet application, regardless of what device you are using.
Step 3: Complete the transaction in your wallet
Once you select a checkout method, either “open in wallet”, scanning the QR, or copy and pasting the bitcoin address, you must finish the transaction in your Bitcoin or Lightning Network wallet.
If you have any questions about how to finish a Bitcoin checkout, be sure to contact firstname.lastname@example.org or message us in the chatbox at the bottom right of this window.