Sunday, September 8, 2019

[Solved] Error Paying With BitPay

So I just tried paying for my domain name on Namecheap.com with bitcoin, but I encountered a few problems at first. After trying for several days, finally I managed to renew my domain with bitcoin! Yay!

So here are the problems I encountered and how I solved them:

1. My country is blocked by BitPay
Solution: Use VPN

I live in Indonesia, and at the time of this writing it is blocked by BitPay. If your country is blocked too, you can install a free VPN plugin or mobile app.

The free VPN that I used was Windscribe (aff link), I installed it on my PC and my android phone. It works well and it's free, but you can always upgrade if you want more bandwidth.


Windscribe free VPN (aff link)

2. Cannot Scan the QR Code on the screen
Solution: Pay directly through mobile phone wallet

So I already sent my bitcoin to Mycelium wallet on my phone (it is one of the wallets that support BitPay's payment protocol), but when I wanted to top up my Namecheap account, I couldn't scan the BitPay QR Code.

I tried this for a few days, but still couldn't do it. I tried to change the brightness of the screen, and I tried to pay manually from Mycelium by pasting the payment URL (that starts with bitcoin:?r=https://), but I got the following error message:

Invalid bitcoin address

I got so frustrated, but then on another day I tried again, by renewing and paying my Namecheap domain directly through my mobile phone, instead of from my laptop. And guess what? 

It worked!

So I installed the Windscribe app (aff link) and ran it, then I just renewed my Namecheap domain through my mobile phone. 

From my mobile phone, I clicked "open in wallet" and then paid. Problem solved.
So that's it.

If you think that this article is helpful, I won't mind if you'd like to send me some btc here 😀:

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