Can I reuse bitcoin receiving addresses? Do they expire?

Discussion in 'General Bitcoin Gambling Discussion' started by Lance, Dec 6, 2018.

  1. Lance

    Lance Member

    Sorry if this is a dumb question but how long do bitcoin receiving addresses last? Do they expire? Is there a time limit or a certain number of transactions you can receive to a particular address until it won't work anymore?
  2. 4TheWin

    4TheWin Member

    If you are using a wallet where you control the private keys like BRD, GreenAddress or Hodlwallet then you can reuse the same address as often as you like. If you are using a third party like Coinbase or Xapo to store your BTC then it's always better to ask them if you can reuse addresses.
  3. Humble Servant

    Humble Servant Active Member Staff Member

    I've never used any wallet, either custodial or a wallet where I controlled the keys, that did't allow me to reuse the same address.

    If you are using bitcoin for anything that is remotely illegal in your own country, then it's always best to use new addresses for each transaction.
  4. Toast

    Toast Member

    if a particular wallet or exchange doesn't allow you to reuse addresses then i would suggest finding a new wallet or exchange to use. it's pretty standard at this stage.
    nekoz likes this.
  5. Humble Servant

    Humble Servant Active Member Staff Member

    While bitcoin addresses don't expire, it seems that Lightning Network invoices do. This may cause problems when crypto gambling sites start accepting Lightning deposits and withdrawals.

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