How To Claim Your Free Bitcoin Gold [BTG] From Any Wallet

Claim Your Free BTG From Any Wallet

The Bitcoin Gold fiasco continues.

I am assuming that you know about Bitcoin Gold already. But if you don’t, check out these write-ups on Bitcoin Gold:

In short, Bitcoin Gold is a new cryptocurrency that forked out of Bitcoin last week (late October 2017) from the block height of 491407.

Before the fork, CoinSutra had published detailed instructions for our community so that they could benefit in the future. And that moment of the future has now come!

If you were not tracking the fork or not reading CoinSutra and have left your Bitcoin in an exchange that is not supporting BTG after the fork, then you are out of luck.

On the other hand, I would like to congratulate our community readers who heeded our advice of keeping their BTC in the Ledger Nano S, Trezor, Mycelium, Jaxx, or other similar wallets, and are now lucky enough to be eligible to claim BTG.

Also, these forking events are a timely reminder for all of us that one should never trust exchanges and should always be in control of their own private keys.

Note: The fork has already been done and some exchanges have already credited users their BTG tokens. And remember these are only tokens, not actual BTG, given and traded by these exchanges. However, users who had their BTC on a wallet at the time of the fork where they control their seed/private key will be able to claim BTG through the process which I am going to elucidate in this write-up. Another thing is that users will be able to claim BTG only once the BTG blockchain is live, which is going to happen in early November. I will update this section again with the new and latest information.

Step By Step Guide To Claim Your Free BTG

Now that we are on the same page, let’s see how to claim and access our FREE BTG when the blockchain is live by using Coinomi Wallet.

First Things First – Update/Install Wallet

We are going to do this recovery of BTG from the Coinomi Android wallet.

  • If you already have Coinomi, then please update your Coinomi wallet to the latest version. Open your Play Store app, click on the top left menu, select “My apps & games”, and then click on the “Update” button next to “Coinomi Wallet”.
  • And if you don’t have Coinomi, then please install the latest version from here on your Android device.

Once your device is ready, follow these steps:

#1. Access your BTC wallet where you had your BTC at the time of the fork. Wallets like Jaxx, Mycelium, Ledger, Blockchain.info, Exodus, or any other wallet that supports BIP44 type key generation. Do a simple Google search to check if your BTC wallet is BIP44 supported.

#2. Now from these wallets, take out your seed words. Seed words (or recovery phrases) are the 12, 18, or 24-word long phrases that you backed up while setting up your wallet.

#3. Now use your Coinomi wallet along with these seed words/keys for restoring your BTC wallet on Coinomi.

#4. Once your BTC wallet has been restored on Coinomi using these seed keys, you will be able to see your BTC balance that you had at the time of the fork.

#5. Now in your Coinomi wallet, click on the top left menu, then hit the “+ COINS” button and select “BitcoinGold” from the mind-blowing list of Coinomi’s 86 supported coins and 214 tokens.

#6. A pop-up dialogue will appear asking if BitcoinGold should be added. Hit the “ADVANCED SETTINGS” button. If you clicked “Add” instead, you need to delete your BitcoinGold wallet and add a new one. In the “Derivation Path” section, enter: M/44H/0H/0H

Note: The characters before “H” are the number zero and not the letter O.

#7. Now click “ADD”.

#8. BOOM,🌟⚡💥🌟⚡💥🌟⚡💥 TaDa! Your $BTG wallet is now ready and you can see both your BTC and BTG balances.

A Few More Important Things To Note…

  • If you have more than one Bitcoin wallet in your Coinomi account and you want to claim the equivalent BTG, you will have to repeat the above process, replacing the last zero with the (zero-based) account index each time. So for the second wallet, this would be M/44H/0H/1H, and for the third wallet it would be M/44H/0H/2H, and so forth.
  • With this Coinomi BTG wallet, you won’t be able to do any valid BTG transactions or see your BTG coins before the BTG blockchain is live. Expect some delay as I don’t see it happening on 1st of November 2017.
  • Coinomi doesn’t yet support SegWit addresses starting with ‘3’, so with this method, you won’t be able to claim your BTG if you had BTC on a SegWit address at the time of the fork.
  • This doesn’t mean that SegWit address HODLers will not be able to claim BTG; rather, these users have to wait until either BTG’s official wallet comes out or Coinomi starts supporting SegWit addresses.
  • Also, the Bitcoin Gold Fork has already happened (around October 24, 6 am UTC at block height 491407). So if you are trying to claim BTG by transferring in BTC that you didn’t own prior to this date, you probably won’t get BTG.
  • Beware of SCAM wallets/websites surrounding Bitcoin Gold who are frantically preying on immature users to get ahold of their seed keys. Don’t use your seed words/private keys on splitting tools or 3rd party wallets unless you are 100% sure about it.

How To Claim Your Free Bitcoin Gold On Any Platform

What You Need To Claim Your BTG

You need the following:

  • A Mac/Windows/Linux machine (desktop/laptop) with the Chrome browser on it
  • ARC Welder chrome extension on your Chrome browser
  • Coinomi Wallet’s APK. Download this from here
  • Seed words or recover phrase from your BTC wallet

Once you have these things ready, follow the steps below:

#1 Go to chrome extensions and launch your ARC extension as shown below.

#2 After successfully launching the ARC, add your Coinomi Wallet’s apk as shown in the below image.

 #3 Once you have added/imported the APK in ARC, you will see the interface (below) where you need not change anything but you do need to click on ‘TEST’ to launch the Coinomi app in the ARC chrome extension.
#4 After clicking ‘TEST’ you will see the Coinomi Wallet has been launched and you will see something like this:

#5 Take your ‘seed words’  of the BTC wallet in which you had your BTC at the moment of Bitcoin Gold fork. Wallets like Jaxx, MyceliumLedger, Blockchain.info, Exodus, or any other wallet that supports BIP44 type key generation can be used for claiming this. Do a simple Google search to check if your BTC wallet is BIP44 supported.

#6 Once you have the seed words (or recovery phrases) which are the 12, 18 or 24-word long phrases, use this along with Coinomi wallet interface for restoring your BTC wallet on Coinomi by clicking “Restore A Wallet” option as shown below.

#7 After selecting “Restore A Wallet” option you will see this screen where you need to enter your ‘seed words/ recovery phrase’ and click ‘NEXT’

#8 After clicking ‘Next’ it will prompt you to set a password for Coinomi for every day use and we also recommend you to keep this password and click ‘NEXT’

#9 Once you are done with step 8, you will land at the interface below, where you need to select Bitcoin and click “FINISH”

#10. Now your BTC wallet is restored. Once your BTC wallet has been restored on Coinomi using the seed keys, you will be able to see the BTC balance you had at the time of the fork.

#11. Now in your Coinomi wallet, click on the top left menu, and hit the “+ COINS” button. Select “BitcoinGold” from the mind-blowing list of Coinomi’s 86 supported coins and 214 tokens.

#12. A pop-up dialogue will appear asking if BitcoinGold should be added. Hit the“ADVANCED SETTINGS” button. If you clicked “Add” instead, you need to delete your BitcoinGold wallet and add a new one. In the “Derivation Path” section, enter: M/44H/0H/0H

Note: The characters before “H” are the number zero and not the letter O.

#13. Now click “ADD”.

#14. BOOM,🌟⚡💥🌟⚡💥🌟⚡💥 TaDa! Your $BTG wallet is now ready and you can see both your BTC and BTG balances at 1:1 ratio.

A Few More Important Things To Note…

1. If you have more than one Bitcoin wallet in your Coinomi account and you want to claim the equivalent BTG, you will have to repeat the above process, replacing the last zero with the (zero-based) account index each time. So for the second wallet, this would be M/44H/0H/1H, and for the third wallet it would be M/44H/0H/2H, and so on.

2. Claim your Bitcoin Gold (BTG) from a paper wallet by this method: If you have the private keys in the form of paper wallet than by this Coinomi wallet’s interface you will be able to claim your BTG.

  • You need to access Coinomi by the same way as shown above via ARC.
  • Now instead of restoring your old BTC wallet, make a new one.
  • Add “BTG wallet” in the same way as shown in above step no ‘#11, #12, & #13‘.
  • Your new BTG wallet is ready which has zero balance.
  • Now go to BTG wallet and select ‘Sweep’ option as shown below.

  • Sweep your private keys of paper wallet in the valid format as shown below and click ‘NEXT’. Now you should be able to see your BTG in some time.

  • Coinomi doesn’t yet support SegWit addresses starting with ‘3’, so with this method, you will not be able to claim your BTG if you had BTC on a SegWit address at the time of the fork.
  • This doesn’t mean that SegWit address holders will not be able to claim BTG; rather, these users will have to wait until either BTG’s official wallet comes out or Coinomi starts supporting SegWit addresses.
  • Also, the Bitcoin Gold Fork has already happened (October 24, around 6 am UTC at block height 491407). So if you are trying to claim BTG by transferring in BTC that you didn’t own prior to this date, you probably won’t get BTG.
  • Beware of SCAM wallets/websites surrounding Bitcoin Gold who are frantically preying on immature users to get a hold of their seed keys. Don’t use your seed words/private keys on splitting tools or 3rd party wallets unless you are 100% sure about it.

Here is the official blog post from the Coinomi team on the Bitcoin Gold fork and how to claim your free BTG.

The Complete Guide To Claiming Bitcoin Gold On Ledger Nano S

Here is the guide you can follow, and I will update you as I hear more from the Ledger team and other members of the CoinSutra community.

  • Connect your Ledger Nano S or Ledger Blue to your computer and open the Ledger Manager app.
  • At the bottom of the screen, you will see the option to install the Bitcoin Gold application.

  • Click on the Install sign (down arrow), and you will see a screen like the one below.
  • Now, on your Ledger wallet, allow the installation.

If you see an error saying “Unable to install application. Insufficient remaining space”, you need to uninstall any installed app to create space for the new app. The Ledger allows only 5 applications to be installed at a time.

If you need to use more applications because you manage a lot of different coins, the Ledger Manager will be the interface to use. Even if it is a bit tedious, these steps only take a few seconds.

Note: Don’t worry if you uninstall an application you already used because your coins won’t be lost. Uninstalling an application from your device won’t erase your wallet and the coins you already have on it. You’ll be able to access your wallet anytime by reinstalling the application.

  • Once you have created enough space, install the Bitcoin Gold app.

  • Once the app is installed, open the Bitcoin Ledger app and open the Bitcoin Gold app on your Ledger. At the bottom, you will see the option for the BTG Split tool. Click on it.

This will show a pop-up saying:

Now, click on Legacy or SegWit depending on how your Bitcoins are stored and the Ledger will start syncing to give you access to your BTG.

Now, you can hold or sell your BTG coins. My recommendation is to dump the coin ASAP as more dumps will happen once everyone has access to their coins causing the price to fall significantly. However, if you are one of those lucky people holding a large number of Bitcoin (and now BTG), you can consider holding 5-10% of your total stake.

Update 1: Transferred BTG to Bleutrade exchange (First time using it. Don’t use this one for any purpose other than BTG until we do thorough research). Waiting for the transaction to confirm. 

Update 2: SegWit holders may face some issues.

Update 3: SegWit Issue fixed.

Here are sites on which you can sell Bitcoin Gold or exchange for BTC:

We are still testing and will keep you posted as we discover anything new. Meanwhile, do share your experience in the comment section below.

Update 1: I have used Bleutrade to convert my BTG into BTC and was able to withdraw my funds.

 

Don’t forget to share this help your friends on Facebook or Twitter in claiming their BTG!

From now on, it will be interesting to see how Bitcoin Gold survives surrounding all the criticism and how much hash power it will be able to steal from other GPU mining rigs.

Now it’s time to hear from you: So what are you going to do when you are able to claim your free BTG? Are you a HODLer or FUDster? Do let me know your thoughts in the comments section below.

If you enjoyed this tutorial, do share it with your friends on Twitter & Reddit!

Also, read: Where To Sell Bitcoin Gold (BTG) [Full list of BTG exchanges]

274 thoughts on “How To Claim Your Free Bitcoin Gold [BTG] From Any Wallet”

  1. Hi Sudhir, I had my BTC in Xapo at the time of the fork ( and still does) . Can I claim my BTG? Thanks. Derek Gabriels.

    Hi Sudhir, I had my BTC in Xapo at the time of the fork ( and still does) .
    Can I claim my BTG?

    Thanks.
    Derek Gabriels.

  2. mate you are a legend!!! Just got my free BTG on Coinami-shame it wasnt a couple of months ago as its gone down but its still in my wallet.

  3. I have a coinbasr account,but here is no sources bitcoin gold,what can i do,i have need coinbase bitcoin gold wallet.

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