What If My Transaction Never Gets Confirmed?

How long does it take for a bitcoin transaction to be confirmed?

10 minutes to 1 hourBefore going into different scenarios for transaction speeds, Bitcoin transactions generally take anywhere from 10 minutes to 1 hour.

The reason for the range in time is that different situations require different amounts of confirmations (1 confirmation takes ~10 minutes) for a transaction..

How do I speed up unconfirmed Bitcoin transactions?

If you wish to speed up the transactions using your bitcoin wallet then it is advised to use Electrum or a similar wallet that supports this functionality. If your wallet does not support this feature then your best options are using a transaction accelerator or simply waiting it out.

How do I know if my bitcoin transaction is confirmed?

Go to https://live.blockcypher.com/ or https://www.blockchain.com/explorer and type or paste the transaction ID into the search field. You can see how many confirmations your transaction has.

How do I fix a stuck Bitcoin transaction?

If you’ve already sent a transaction and it gets stuck, that transaction can, in some cases, be made to “jump the queue.” The easiest way to make your transaction jump the queue is using an option called Opt-In Replace-by-Fee (Opt-In RBF). This lets you re-send the same transaction, but with a higher fee.

How long does it take to cancel an unconfirmed transaction?

Make absolutely sure that your transaction is unconfirmed before taking action. To start with, that means waiting for at least 24 hours. If there’s definitely no confirmation yet, use a block explorer like Blockchain.com to confirm that your TX is indeed unconfirmed.

Can an unconfirmed Bitcoin transaction be Cancelled?

Once confirmed, Bitcoin transactions are irreversible and you are unable to cancel them. To cancel an unconfirmed bitcoin transaction, you need to use a Replace by Fee (RBF) protocol to replace your original transaction with a new one using a higher transaction fee.

What could cause a bitcoin transaction to not confirm?

If a transaction remains unconfirmed for too long, it can be eventually “forgotten” by most nodes on the Bitcoin network if no one rebroadcasts the transaction. This happens due to node restarts, mempool expiry times, or mempool eviction because the minimum mempool fee has increased.

Can a Bitcoin transaction fail?

A Bitcoin transaction can fail to confirm, or become “stuck,” for many reasons. Stuck transactions may be confirmed after several days, but sometimes waiting isn’t an option. Fortunately, many stuck transactions can be cleared using nothing more than a Web browser.

Why is my bitcoin transaction taking so long?

Currently, bitcoin network traffic is unusually high due to increasing demand for transactions per block. Block sizes are limited, so this means that transactions which exceed the capacity for a block get stuck in a queue for confirmation by bitcoin miners.

What is the longest a Bitcoin transaction can take?

Long story short, a Bitcoin transaction can take anywhere from 1 minute to 60 minutes or even a day or two to get confirmed.

Will my bitcoin transaction ever be confirmed?

Every bitcoin transaction that’s sent flows into what’s called the mempool (short for memory pool) before it can be confirmed by miners. When there’s a dramatic spike in transaction activity, the mempool can become congested because so many transactions are waiting to be included in the next block.