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How to Access Your Bitcoin Cash (BCC/BCH)

Bitcoin Cash is a cryptocurrency based on a fork of the Bitcoin blockchain. There are a few key differences between Bitcoin (BTC) and Bitcoin Cash (BCC) worth noting.

Before proceeding, please remember that you are responsible for your own security; this means taking the steps to secure your private keys and backing up wallets.

Using the Bitcoin.com Wallet to manage Bitcoin Cash

Bitcoin.com’s software wallet supports both Bitcoin (BTC) and Bitcoin Cash (BCC or BCH). Follow the steps below to create a Bitcoin Cash wallet:

  1. Download the Bitcoin.com Wallet
  2. Tap the “+” in the Wallets menu on the Home screen
  3. Select “New personal wallet”
  4. Edit the Wallet Name to whatever you prefer, e.g. “BCC Wallet”
  5. Tap the toggle button in the “Bitcoin Cash” field to activate and make this a BCC wallet
  6. Tap “Create new wallet”
  7. Backup wallet seed phrase

Some of you may be wanting to import your Bitcoin Cash balance from other wallets. This works the same way as importing Bitcoin and other cryptocurrencies from one wallet to another.

“I had BTC before the fork. How do I access my BCC post-fork?”

From the official Bitcoin Cash site:

All Bitcoin holders as of block 478558 are now owners of Bitcoin Cash.

This means that if you held BTC before block 478558 was mined, you have the equivalent number of BCC coins as you do BTC. The exact time of the block is difficult to establish when this has to make sense for people in all timezones, so the best anyone can say is around August 1, 2017, when block 478558 was mined.  If you owned BTC then, you have an equivalent number of Bitcoin Cash tokens.

If you held 5 BTC, you now have 5 BTC and 5 BCC/BCH.  This is because Bitcoin Cash is a hard fork of the Bitcoin blockchain, so your BTC exists on the Bitcoin network and chain, and your BCC/BCH came into existence at some point on the Bitcoin Cash network and chain. To access your Bitcoin Cash you will need to import a private key from a BTC wallet into a BCC/BCH wallet.

This assumes either or both of these conditions are true:

  1. You were and are in complete control of your private keys
  2. An online wallet (such as with an exchange or elsewhere) explicitly supports Bitcoin Cash and you can trust them to deposit the correct amount of BCC/BCH into your online wallet

Having said that, there are some basic precautions to take.

Send all of your BTC to a new wallet

Spend the BTC from a wallet that you will use to claim your BCC/BCH to a new wallet, and secure it properly.  Backup your new wallet and take all the same precautions you did for existing BTC wallets.  Ensure there is no electronic record of your backup/recovery phrase in particular; this can be considered your private key. Anyone who has it has your BTC.

Wait for confirmations

Wait for the number of confirmations you are willing to accept, or require.  This should be around 5 confirmations for those who want access to their BCC/BCH now, or for low amounts of BTC (for example, less than 0.1 BTC), or at least 30 confirmations for a significant amount of BTC.

Use your old wallet with a zero balance to import BCC

If your old wallet with a now zero balance meets the condition for claiming BCC/BCH, then its balance as of around 2100-2200 UTC August 1, 2007 will show up in the new block chain for Bitcoin Cash.  The old balance will show up and the same number of BCC/BCH will be available to claim because the Bitcoin Cash block chain will not see that you spent your BTC to a new wallet after that date.  It will have the balance as of block 478558, which is when Bitcoin and Bitcoin Cash parted.  So after that “block height,” Bitcoin Cash sees the wallet balance as it was (now your old wallet, with a zero balance), and you do not have to (and should not!) give your private key with control of BTC to BCC/BCH wallet software.

Import BCC from a BTC address using the Bitcoin.com Wallet

Once you have followed the steps above, you can import your 0 balance BTC wallet seed phrase into a BCC wallet to “claim” your Bitcoin Cash.

  1. Download the Bitcoin.com Wallet
  2. Tap the “+” in the Wallets menu on the Home screen
  3. Select “Import wallet”
  4. Tap the toggle button in the “Bitcoin Cash” field to activate and make this a BCC wallet
  5. Tap “Import”
  6. Wallet and balance will appear in your Wallets menu

Thanks for reading this guide and make sure to follow all the latest Bitcoin Cash news from Bitcoin.com

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