What is off-chain sending and receiving?

Sender

If you’re sending to a crypto address that belongs to another Coinbase user who has opted into Instant sends in their privacy settings, you can send your funds instantly to them with no transaction fees. This transaction will not be sent on chain, and is similar to sending to an email address.

Learn more about sending and receiving crypto.

Send off-chain funds 

Coinbase mobile app

  1. Tap  > Send.

  2. Tap your selected asset and enter the amount of crypto you'd like to send.

  3. Enter the Receiver's crypto address or scan their crypto QR code to see if the address belongs to a Coinbase user.

Web

  1. Sign into to your Coinbase account.

  2. Click Send / Receive.

  3. On the Send tab, select the asset you'd like to send and enter the amount.

  4. Enter the Receiver's crypto address or scan their crypto QR code to see if the address belongs to a Coinbase user.

Remember: Only if the address belongs to a Coinbase user, and the Receiver has opted into Instant sends in their privacy settings, can you choose to send the payment off-chain.

Receiver

If you'd like to opt in to receive crypto funds instantly, you will need to accept Instant sends in your privacy settings.

Accept off-chain funds

  1. Sign into Coinbase from a web browser on a computer. (This may not work on mobile). 

  2. Go to your privacy settings

  3. Toggle the switch on to accept Instant sends.

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