Technical Problems and Solutions
Why do I receive "Unknown bitcoin address" error message?
While sending bitcoins from Paxful wallet to an external wallet, you may receive a message: “Unknown bitcoin address”. This may happen due any to the following reasons:
- You have entered an incorrect wallet address.
- You have entered a non-existing wallet address.
- You have entered an address that is not a Bitcoin network address.
- You have entered a bech32 type wallet address.
Note: Bech32 type also known as "bc1 addresses" are wallet addresses that start with bc1. Example: bc1qar0srrr7xfkvy5l643lydnw9re59gtzzwf5mdq.
To resolve this error, do the following:
- Verify the wallet address you enter.
- Ensure you have entered a valid Bitcoin address.
- Ensure the wallet address you entered is not a Bech32 address.
- Trade chat not opening
Invalid parameters. Missing bitcoin address.
After clicking on the "Send" button on the wallet page an error message appears: "Invalid Parameters. Missing bitcoin address.".
It means bitcoin address is still being generated. Please contact us via [email protected] to generate the wallet address.
Bitcoins not received after website maintenance
All incoming transactions will be rebroadcast and added to recipients' accounts. If the transaction was not deposited in 24 hours please contact support.
"Error uploading file"
Getting an error when uploading a file in the trade chat.
In order to upload a file successfully, it needs to meet these requirements:
- File formats accepted: jpeg, jpg, png, and pdf.
- Max 5 files can be uploaded simultaneously.
- The file max size is 5 MB.
IP address is banned
A user is getting a prompt that IP is banned when trying to access the website.
This means IP can no longer be used to access the website. The IP is highly likely been banned for being previously linked to fraudulent activity or the number of requests received from it exceeded the normal limit.
Your IP can also be from the banned countries list.
Email notifications not received
A user is not receiving notifications.
Go to your Account settings and check Notifications settings, you can set ticks for notifications you want to receive.
If you are not getting notifications for trades but you are receiving all other notifications and notification settings are correct.
Check the spam folder. Maybe their email provider like Gmail or Microsoft or anything else is blocking emails that contain certain words.
Bitcoins not received
Incoming transaction already confirmed on blockchain but not showing on Paxful wallet.
1. You sent transaction back to wallet from which you received your last Paxful transaction, which is not your Paxful wallet.
2. Could be an issue with BitGo - our partner service. Please contact support to escalate this issue to administrators for a closer investigation.
Error "Email must be a valid email address"
Some users are getting this prompt on the create account section.
Make sure there is no space before the email address. Or better to manually type your email in the "email" box and in the "repeat your email" box, do not copy and paste.
Inability to leave feedback after a trade
Some users cannot leave feedback after a trade was successful.
Users are not able to leave feedback if the system detected both trade partners share the same IP address.
Copy/Paste problem with bitcoin address
User is trying to copy his wallet address but instead, a different address is being copied.
Either a malicious browser extension or some sort of other malicious software installed on the user's computer that monitors clipboard for bitcoin addresses and replaces them.
Very carefully check your browser for extensions and scan PC with anti-malware tool.
Bitcoin send out is delayed, send out without transaction ID
User send outs are showing as "Bitcoin queued to send out"
If the transaction is already listed on the blockchain, this could be a slowdown on the blockchain network. But if it just shows as in queue and not showing on the blockchain, could be failed sent out within Paxful. It needs to be reported to support and send out batch should be rebroadcasted manually.
Retrieve bond button is missing
Retrieve bond button is missing or is inactive.
Bond is available for withdrawal if 7 days have passed after the last Sell Bitcoin trade for gift cards.
Phone number verification
I cannot verify my phone number because I did not receive a one-time code via SMS.
This could be an issue with the country's SMS gateway and we really can't do much about it. The user still will be able to trade and see a lot of offers even though your account is not phone verified.
One possible solution is to try another mobile service provider.
This issue may persist in certain African regions.