Bitcoin wallet address types

Carole
Carole
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You may have noticed your wallets hold different addresses and address types, and that some actions you'd like to perform on web3 apps require either a Segwit address or a Taproot address. 

The three main wallets Gamma has integrated are Leather (formerly Hiro), Xverse and UniSat. Both Leather and Xverse have two Bitcoin addresses embedded within them, whereas with UniSat, you only specify one.

Let's take a look at which is which and where to find them.

Leather Wallet

Your Leather wallet has both a Segwit Address (your payment address) which will begin with bc1q and a P2TR aka Taproot address, now commonly referred to as your Ordinals address, which will begin with bc1p.

To find your addresses, click on Receive. You'll see your Bitcoin address, where you can receive Bitcoin fungible tokens, and your Ordinals address (Taproot) where you can receive and hold your inscriptions. 

 

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If you'd like instructions on setting up your Leather wallet, head over to this video.

Xverse

Your Xverse wallet has two addresses as well, one for payments and one for Ordinals. The P2SH address is your payment address, and begins with 3. Your Taproot address (P2TR), referred to as your Ordinals address, beings with bc1p.

To find your addresses, click on receive. You'll see your P2SH address, meaning your Bitcoin address where you can receive fungible tokens, and your Ordinals address (Taproot), where you can receive and hold your inscriptions. 

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If you'd like instructions on setting up your Xverse wallet, head over to this article or this video.

Unisat

When setting up your UniSat wallet, you can only choose either a Segwit Address Format which will begin with bc1q (your payment address) or a Taproot address which will begin with bc1p (your Ordinals address). Therefore do not need to differentiate between them. 

Please visit this article for instructions on how to set up your Unisat wallet.

 

Notice

All Bitcoin addresses can be used for Bitcoin payments, and were prior to the launch of Ordinals. However, if a Bitcoin payment is made from an address that holds Ordinals, users may inadvertently send an inscription as part of a transaction. Therefore, to make things easier, we recommend you think of your Taproot address (bc1p) as your Ordinals address, and your other address (Segwit or P2SH) as your Bitcoin address. If you need to recover Ordinals from a Bitcoin address or Bitcoin from an Ordinals address, please head over to this article

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