How to Unstuck Unconfirmed Blockchain Transaction

The following are ways to help you unstuck unconfirmed blockchain transactions.

Wait It Out

Sometimes it takes little to no effort but trying to wait for the transactions to go through. More often, there will be free capacity in the network after some hours, days, or a week. In times with low capacity, low free transactions will pass.

Replace by Fee (RBF)

When waiting isn’t an option, try RBF for your stuck blockchain transactions. Some wallets support RBF protocol allowing you to replace your original transaction with a new one, which contains a higher transaction. Nevertheless, you need to make the original transaction replaceable using an opt-in check box.

Double Spending a Higher Fees

You can make the new transaction equal to the original one and send it to yourself. You have to ensure the transaction is higher than the one you initially paid. Sometimes, you will be forced to use specialized software or another wallet that allows double-spending for your transaction to be broadcasted to the network.

If you are lucky, miners will pick your new transaction, and money would be in your wallet. However, many miners and wallets have safeguards against double spenders, and the method may fail to work.

Child pays for parent (CPFP)

If you make a new transaction with a high fee building on top of the old transaction, most miners tend to include the whole chain of transactions in the block they are mining at. You can get the receiver of that fund to spend the fund they receive on a new transaction using a high fee.

If not all the money in the wallet is spent, the transaction can include output like ‘change UTXO’ that goes back to the wallet. If you spend this one with a higher fee, the transaction is likely to go faster.

Some wallets like mycelium have the menu option for ‘accelerating’ the transaction through CPFP. In other wallets like Electrum, you can manually decide what UTXOs to include in your transaction.

There are several ways to solve stuck blockchain transactions. All you need to do is to find a way that works for you.

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