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Watch Only Wallets

A "watch-only" wallet is used in the context of "cold storage". Cold storage means that the private key for spending is not online, but offline somewhere (a USB key, a printed QR code etc) which is ...
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Delete watch-only imported address bitcoin-core

If you are feeling brave, you can edit the wallet.dat file itself to remove those. You can use the db4.8_dump and db4.8_load utilities to modify it. Note that doing so may result in database ...
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How to use a watch-only wallet in bitcoin-core?

If you're using Bitcoin Core 23.0, and created a new wallet using that, it is by default a descriptor wallet. These are a new generation of wallets which use Output Descriptors to determine which keys/...
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How to delete wallet without deleting blockchain

As Raghav already commented: Yes, you can delete the wallet.dat file as long as you don't have any private keys in it. Once you restart Bitcoin Core it creates a new and wallet.dat.
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Reg: Watch only Address

I have been given " Watch only Address" by one of my friend This is a scam often used by online con-men posing as your friend. A watch only address lets you watch a bitcoin wallet owned by someone ...
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How to make ImportMulti function like ImportAddress for watch-only addresses placed into Accounts?

After doing some RPC function call tests with ImportMulti and ImportAddress, I feel confident answering my own question. By way of example, suppose I want to import a watch-only address "...
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Importdescriptors not working (JSON parsing error)

The entire JSON string needs to be surrounded by single quotes so that the console knows to pass the whole thing to the JSON parser. Your command should be: importdescriptors '[{"desc":"...
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I have watched addresses in my wallet..how do i use them?

If you do not have the private keys for those addresses, then they are not yours and you cannot do anything with them. Those addresses and their associated Bitcoin do not belong to you, so you cannot ...
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How does Sentinel check Blockchain?

“Sentinel” is just an interface to an API owned by Samourai Wallet. It therefor leaks the fact that you own the outputs you’re watching are probably offline storage (and links them together into one ...
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Imported bitcoin address

imported bitcoin address which I can not transfer to anybody, if I want to transfer it is asking private keys, but I don't have private keys It sounds like you have imported the address as a watch-...
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List imported watch-only adresses

OK. I've found a workaround by adding label on importing : bitcoin-cli importaddress <address> my_imported_address_list Checking my label on listing : bitcoin-cli getaddressesbyaccount "...
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how to create Watching Address from available xPub key

For generating addresses from extended public key for watch-only wallet, First of all you need to first create the watch-only wallet by that extended public key. and then you can simply derive the ...
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How can I sign message for a blockchain watch only bitcoin address

When you import an address as a 'watch only' address, it means exactly that: you can only 'watch' the address and see whatever funds are sitting in it. You cannot send transactions, or sign messages, ...
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Spending BTC from an Electrum watch-only paper wallet?

Solved, with some assistance from redditor u/Deminero30. The problem was that the BIP39 Paper wallet's private key (PK) Format started with "6P..." and was 58 digits long but, when I used bitaddress....
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Errors with `walletcreatefundedpsbt` & non-solvable UTXOs

Yes. Bitcoin Core will not be able to select for coins that are not solvable. This is because, for fee estimation, it must know how large the final transaction will be, but it cannot do this without ...
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Can't spend Watch-Only coins, have I been scammed?

A watch-only address means an address your wallet is tracking the balance of, and not more than that. To own an address, which means to be able to spend from it, one is required to know its private ...
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How to create watch-only wallet on a server with a full node?

You can install Bitcoin core and import an address as watch only, then you can track all transactions.
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I accidentally sent BTC to Bitcoin Core watch-only wallet with private keys disabled

The Bitcoin would then be whatever addresses your watch only wallet is watching. Bitcoin Core won't just generate a keypair and throw away the private key, that would result in fund loss. In a wallet ...
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I was asked to download trust wallet and was than sent around $5000 in watch only. Than was told to ask to access Bitcoin on my cash app. Is it real?

Sounds like a scam to me. A watch only wallet does not allow you to spend the bitcoin within it as it only consists of public keys. In order to send funds to CashApp, you would have to have the ...
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bech32 address not showing in watch-only wallet (using HWI descriptors)

In a proposed edit of the question, the question author (under a different ID) wrote: Update The fix with the manual edit worked! No for-loop needed haha. I removed the sh() around wpkh and ...
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How can I turn off sending of bitcoins?

Stop send btc, only reciev Bitcoin Core So far as I know, there isn't really good support for this in Bitcoin core. The safest way is to remove your private key(s) from the wallet. You could ...
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Spending BTC from an Electrum watch-only paper wallet?

As you know, it isn't possible to spend money using a wallet that doesn't contain the relevant private-key. Your watch-only wallet cannot be used for spending. See https://bitcoinelectrum.com/...
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Private Key in HD Account Bither Watch Only

If you don’t have the private key, you cannot spend the bitcoin in a watch-only wallet. There is no way to find, calculate, or recover a private key for a given address. After all, if you were able ...
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How can i check bulk BTC address balance?

To check multiple crypto addresses, consider these free online tools: https://bitcoindata.science/bitcoin-balance-check (can check up to 480 addresses). https://www.homebitcoin.com/easybalance/ ...
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Bitcoin Address Received/Balance values differ from one explorer to another

When I looked, one site said there were 120612 transactions one site said there were 120614 transactions one site alerted me that there were unconfirmed transactions I surmise this is a highly ...
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Watch only address not update balance

Using importaddress you can sync your balance for watch only address with rescan set to true: importaddress "address" ( "label" rescan p2sh ) Adds a script (in hex) or address that can be watched as ...
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Watch only Wallet help

I send this to a watch only Wallet. But that was wrong. What i can do to send it to the right wallet. Bitcoin transactions are irreversible. You cannot cancel or reclaim them. Therefore you cannot ...
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List imported watch-only adresses

listreceivedbyaddress can list all addresses (including watch-only) that haven't received, if used as below: listreceivedbyaddress 0 true true While this would exclude watch-only addresses: ...
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