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Why do I get an "Invalid Address" error when sending bitcoin cash?

Some BRD app users might see an "Invalid Address" error when sending Bitcoin Cash to other wallets.  There are 2 address formats used for Bitcoin Cash:

  • The Legacy address which follows the same format as a bitcoin address (these addresses start with 1 or 3); and
  • The "Cash Addr" format which is an encoded version of the legacy address that prevents users from sending bitcoin to a bitcoin cash address and vice versa (these addresses start with bitcoincash:q, q or p).

The BRD app uses the "Cash Addr" format to prevent users from sending bitcoin to a bitcoin cash address and vice versa.  This protects our users from accidental loss of funds.

If you are sending bitcoin cash to a wallet that uses legacy addresses, you can try one of the following:

  1. Contact the third party wallet provider and request for the "Cash Addr" equivalent of the legacy address displayed in the receiving wallet; or
  2. Use a trusted site to convert the legacy address to the "Cash Addr" format.  

 

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