What Is the Bitcoin Lightning Network?

The Lightning Network is a "Layer 2" payment protocol that operates on top of a blockchain-based cryptocurrency (like Bitcoin).

It enables fast and instant transactions between participating nodes and has been touted as a solution to the Bitcoin scalability problem.

It features a peer-to-peer system for making micro-payments of cryptocurrency through a network of bidirectional payment channels without delegating custody of funds.

Now you could use it for real payments and stay in control of your funds with the ability to pay anywhere instantly.

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BlueWallet
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An easy to use and secure Bitcoin Lightning wallet for iOS and Android.

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A simple, fast and secure, non-custodial Bitcoin Lightning wallet for iOS and Android.

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A Bitcoin Lightning wallet focused on user experience and ease of use for iOS, Android, MacOS, Windows and Linux.