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From another bitcoin wallet

You can use bitcoin in another bitcoin wallet to top up the balance of your Alby wallet.

Bitcoin Lightning (off-chain) wallets

The Bitcoin Lightning network is great. It allows you to send bitcoin from any Lightning wallet app out there to your Alby wallet. You will find a selection of mobile Lightning wallets here.
There are two ways to receive bitcoin in your Alby wallet:
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    Enter your Lightning Address [yourname] into the other app
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    Create and enter a Lightning invoice into the other app. Learn here how to create an invoice.

Bitcoin (onchain) wallets

The Lightning Network (LN) is a decentralized, peer-to-peer network which allows users to transfer bitcoin off-chain instantaneously with very low transaction fees. The Lightning Network is built on top of the Bitcoin network, and is thus called a layer two solution.
Pure bitcoin (onchain) wallets (such as these) have no connection to the Lightning Network. Still, we can use them to top up the balance of your Alby wallet. The Lightning swap app helps us to swap on-chain bitcoin to Lightning bitcoin and automatically send to your Alby wallet.
The Lightning swap app was built during a hackathon and has to be considered a prototype in its very early stages. There is a lot of room for improvement and you might come across some errors. If you are reckless enough though, we would love to get you as an early adopter and hear your feedback! 🧡
Follow these steps:
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    You can access the app through the Alby browser extension on the ‘Websites’ screen or directly here.
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    If you access the app directly, make sure you have the Alby browser extension installed.
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    Choose BTC (i.e. bitcoin) and the amount you want to swap and automatically send to your Alby wallet.
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    Click on "Top up"
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    The Alby browser extension asks you to create an invoice. Click on "Confirm"
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    Copy the address and send the indicated amount to that address from the on-chain bitcoin wallet. To be on the safe side, make sure your transaction is executed within 10 minutes before the order is set on on-hold.
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    That´s it. When the swap process is over you will receive bitcoin directly in your Lightning wallet connected to Alby.
Did we forget any option to fund your Alby Lightning wallet? Shall we update the guide? Let us know.