Improving Our Fee Recommendations

At Blockchain, we strive to make digital currency safe and easy for everyone to use. Part of that goal is providing effective miners’ fee recommendations for every transaction our users make. Bitcoin has recently reached its peak capacity, with a consistent queue of tens of megabytes of transactions waiting to be confirmed. As bitcoin interest and activity continues to grow (and we can expect this trend to continue), we’ve made two important changes to our wallet:

  • The introduction of a new fee recommendation algorithm aimed at being more reactive to changing network conditions and providing a better, more consistent experience for our users.
  • A new ‘Priority’ option which aims to have your transaction included in a block within 60 minutes. This feature is currently available via our Web and Android wallets and will be included in our upcoming iOS release; available the week of June 19th.

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Buying bitcoin is now available for Blockchain wallets on iOS

Late last year, we announced a partnership with Coinify that allowed our users in Europe to, for the first time ever, seamlessly and expediently buy bitcoin from within their Blockchain wallets without compromising user security or control. This partnership was aimed at making our wallet infinitely more user friendly and, ultimately, more accessible for the mass market. Today we take the next step in delivering greater accessibility.

Our team is excited to announce that iOS users in Europe are now able to buy bitcoin from within their Blockchain wallets using the same seamless and user friendly Blockchain-Coinify integration available to web users.

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Helpful Wallet Notifications & Resources

Bitcoin can seem a little (if not very) complicated and confusing, especially for first time and newer users. We do our best to answer frequently asked questions in our Support Center and here on the blog, but we’ve also integrated helpful tips directly into our wallet! In this post we’ll cover a few of those tips.

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Customize your wallet experience with new Blockchain Wallet themes

We’ll admit we’re a little biased when it comes to the default color scheme of the Blockchain Wallet, but for users who’d like to try something different, our latest update includes 2 new themes. Check them out below and find them in your web Wallet under Settings -> Preferences.

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Completing the migration to the latest version of the Blockchain Wallet

Five months ago, we released the third major version of our flagship product, the Blockchain Wallet. The update represented a big step forward for the product. Over the last few months, we’ve been collecting your feedback and shipping new and refined versions weekly.

As of August 16th, we’ll be completing the migration to the latest version of our wallet. The vast majority of ours users are now using the new platform, but, for the remaining legacy users, the upgrade completion will involve some change.

Change is hard, but it’s a lot easier if you know what to expect. Below is our guide to what’s in store.

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The Future of the Blockchain Wallet

At Blockchain, we have been passionate about building software that makes using bitcoin easy and secure for anyone. For over four years, we have run the most popular bitcoin website, blockchain.info, and perhaps the most utilized API in the industry. Still, most people know us for our bitcoin wallet.

Our bitcoin wallet rests on a simple technical premise: it is possible to build a hybrid bitcoin wallet that delivers all the ease of use and convenience associated with a normal e-wallet while simultaneously empowering users to maintain full control over their bitcoins. This is the foundation atop which we build. We firmly believe in our slogan – Be Your Own Bank.  

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New features for your Blockchain Wallet

In this post, we’ll be introducing two new features that we hope will make it easier for you to stay in the loop on the latest updates to our wallet, plus make it easier to manage and budget your funds.

The first is our What’s New section, where you can check in to see details on the latest wallet updates. Next up is the ability to export your transaction history as a CSV or XLS/X file. Both of these features may only play supporting roles in your overall wallet experience, but keep reading to find out why we think they’re worth mentioning.

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How to use Watch-only Addresses

Watch-only addresses are a Blockchain Wallet feature you can find in the Imported Addresses section of your wallet. In recent updates, we’ve made some improvements to how you can use watch-only addresses, and how the balances of these addresses are reflected in your wallet. In this post we’ll cover details on these updates and how that affects your wallet experience.

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Support Team Tips: Why we recommend Google Authenticator

GA-3Two-Step verification, also known as Two-Factor Authentication (2FA), is an extra layer of security that requires use of a one-time passcode plus your regular password to access your wallet. We highly recommend all users enable this option in some form.

Our primary 2FA recommendation for users is Google Authenticator, a handy little app available for Android and iOS. Codes are generated every 30 seconds, and they’re available right on your phone. You’ll just need to make sure the time on your device is set to automatic, otherwise the codes will appear out of sync. It definitely stands out from other Two-Step options like email or SMS. Here’s why:

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Support Team Tips: Take a tour of the new Blockchain Wallet Security Center

With the launch of the new Blockchain Wallet, we’ve been focused on building a user experience that’s simple, friendly, and safe. One of the challenges we faced along the way was how to make security features less intimidating.

Turn the padlock from red to green by finishing all the Security Center levels.
Turn the padlock from red to green by finishing all the Security Center levels.

In our Security Center, we created 3 levels that will guide you through the steps to secure your wallet. By completing all levels, you’ll be making use of a comprehensive set of security tools. For Bitcoin pros, there are additional and advanced security options available by visiting Settings -> Security.

We’ll take you through a tour of each level, and show you some tips along the way.

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