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My Bitcoin (BTC) transaction is stuck in pending

This article explains what to do if you just sent Bitcoin (BTC) transaction from your Bitcoin (BTC) account in Ledger Live and it's still pending. 

Bitcoin transaction is pending

If you just sent the transaction and it shows as not confirmed and pending, then it is normal.

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It takes some time for the transactions to get confirmed on the blockchain and depending on the fees you selected, it may take from 1 minute to several hours. 

Network congestion also has a big impact on how long you need to wait. If many people are doing transactions right now, it will increase the waiting time.

What should I do if my Bitcoin transaction has been pending for a long time?

  1. Initial Steps: If you've recently initiated the Bitcoin (BTC) transaction, patience is key. Wait for approximately 2-3 hours. During this time, clear the cache in Ledger Live often and then recheck the transaction status.
  2. Assessing the Transaction: If your transaction remains unconfirmed after more than 3 hours, it's likely that the network fees (sat per byte) set during the sending process were too low. To understand more about Bitcoin network fees and their impact, consider exploring educational resources on this topic.
  3. Speeding Up the Transaction: You have the option to accelerate the transaction process using your Ledger device connected with the Electrum wallet. This method can be particularly effective in expediting pending Bitcoin transactions.
  4. Preventive Measures for Future Transactions: In scenarios of heightened congestion or price volatility on the Bitcoin network, it’s recommended to set custom fees for your transactions. Setting custom fees through your Ledger device and Ledger Live can significantly enhance the speed of your transactions, but at the cost of paying a higher fee. Here's how to do it.

Do you still require assistance?

Please reach out to Ledger Support and we will gladly assist you in troubleshooting this issue.

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