On Android Devices, Twitter’s Tipping Feature Will Soon Allow Bitcoin Lightning Payments


Twitter has been working on incorporating Bitcoin support for its ‘Tip Jar’ function, and it eventually rolled it out to iOS users at the end of September. Its Bitcoin Lightning tipping tool is now available for Android smartphones. The social media giant has partnered with Strike, a provider of digital currency payment solutions, to provide technical assistance for Twitter’s new Bitcoin tipping service. The deployment is still in progress, but Android users in the United States should see it shortly.


Traditional payment systems such as Venmo, Cash App, and PayPal were formerly supported by the Tip Jar function. With the introduction of Bitcoin payments, Twitter has enlisted the help of Strike, a payment network based on the Bitcoin Lightning Network that allows users to send and receive the popular cryptocurrency fast and for a minimal price. Users can opt to add a Bitcoin address to get tips in addition to creating a Lightning wallet.

Jane Manchun Wong, a renowned reverse-engineering specialist, and researcher was the first to notice the move, noting that Twitter had already implemented the Bitcoin Lightning tipping function on the beta version of the program for Android smartphones.


According to Statista, Android users account for 73 percent of the worldwide mobile OS market, therefore the inclusion of Bitcoin payments on Android might see crypto payments take off on the platform. The move might also aid in the scaling of the Bitcoin Lightning Network, a second layer added to the Bitcoin (BTC) blockchain that facilitates transactions between parties not connected to the blockchain network.

When it comes to Twitter’s crypto endeavors, the Jack Dorsey-led microblogging company is also working on non-fungible token (NFT) authentication capabilities. Users will be able to display their NFT collection on the social networking platform thanks to this functionality.

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