UPDATE, 9/26/18: View our full list of frequently asked questions about BitPay and Payment Protocol.

More people than ever are using bitcoin. Our top priority as the leading bitcoin payment platform is creating a more seamless and secure payment experience for these users. That's why we recently announced that BitPay invoices will soon require payments from wallets compatible with the Bitcoin Payment Protocol.

Today we're taking the next step to make Payment Protocol payments a reality. Now all orders of the BitPay Card will require payments from Payment Protocol-compatible wallets.

Why are we starting with the BitPay Card?

We believe in using our own software. BitPay has used its own tools to accept card order payments since the launch of the BitPay Card. Now our card order payments will be the first to switch to Payment Protocol-only payments.

Our users lose time and money because of mistaken underpayments and overpayments. With Payment Protocol, we can end these problems for good.

How to pay with a Payment Protocol wallet

If you are already using a modern true bitcoin wallet, your payment experience won't change much. The BitPay, Copay, Mycelium, Airbitz, Bitcoin Core, and Electrum wallets all currently support Payment Protocol payments. You'll be able to use them for error free payments for your BitPay Card order.

Here's what you'll see if you're paying by copying and pasting the Payment Protocol URL into your wallet:

When you make a payment with a payment protocol wallet, the correct payment information will lock in automatically. It will look something like this:

Check out our full guide to paying with a Payment Protocol wallet.

What's next on BitPay's Payment Protocol roadmap?

We continue to work with other wallet providers in the Bitcoin ecosystem to advance adoption of the Bitcoin Payment Protocol. We're encouraged by the response we have received. Widespread adoption of Payment Protocol will immediately improve the bitcoin payment experience.

We will be paying close attention to user feedback from this change to BitPay Card orders. Our next step will be requiring Payment Protocol payments for all BitPay Card loads. From there, we will move to require Payment Protocol for all BitPay invoices.

Read our original blog post on why we are adopting a Payment Protocol requirement for BitPay payments.

Subscribe to the BitPay blog for more updates as we move toward our goal.


12/15/17: A previous version of this post did not include the Bitcoin Core wallet as a compatible wallet. We have updated the post.

1/7/18: A previous version of this post did not include the Airbitz wallet as a Payment Protocol compatible wallet.

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