Have you ever noticed a "Pending" status on your blockchain transactions within the Magic Eden Wallet? If so, you're not alone. It's common to see transactions in a pending state before they are fully confirmed on the blockchain network. In this article, we'll break down what this means and offer solutions if your transaction remains in a pending state for a prolonged period.
What does "Pending" mean?
Generally, an incoming blockchain transaction appears in your wallet within minutes of being broadcast. However, it's labeled as "Pending" until it gets at least one network confirmation.
The duration a transaction remains pending largely depends on the transaction fee set by the sender and the current network traffic. The asset involved can also influence this time.
Once the network verifies a transaction, the "Pending" status is removed, indicating that the transaction is irreversible, and the funds can now be spent.
Why is a transaction pending?
Initially, your wallet broadcasts the transaction to the blockchain network. Miners or validators then confirm this transaction and include it in a block.
Reasons for pending status:
All transactions need a fee for miners or validators to confirm them. If the sender's fee is too low, the transaction might remain unconfirmed.
Sending assets that are pending in your account will result in the sent transaction being marked as pending until the received funds get confirmed.
High transaction volumes can result in longer confirmation times.
Slow block times
The nature of block confirmations can sometimes lead to slow confirmation times. For example, Bitcoin blocks are usually confirmed every 10 minutes, but this can vary.
Unconfirmed transactions are typically dropped and returned to the sender after a while. If a dropped transaction remains as pending in your Magic Eden Wallet, consider refreshing your wallet to update to the latest network status.
Average confirmation times
Bitcoin: 60 minutes or less
Ethereum, Polygon or Solana: 5 minutes or less
Troubleshooting incoming pending transactions
If you're waiting on a transaction for a prolonged period:
Check the transaction fee
Low network transaction fees can cause delays. If this is the case, contact the sender to consider accelerating the transaction, effectively increasing the transaction fee to prioritize its confirmation.
Sometimes, network congestion or slow block confirmations can delay transactions. In these scenarios, patience is key.
Centralized exchange delays
If your funds are coming from an exchange, they might have internal processing times. Or, there could be missed steps, like unconfirmed emails. Reaching out to the sending party or the exchange's support team might help.
Recognizing a pending transaction
In the Magic Eden Web3 Wallet:
Incoming transaction: It will show as "Receiving" in the transaction details, accompanied by a small green dot next to the asset logo.
Outgoing transaction: It will display as "Sending" in the transaction details.
Resolving outgoing pending transactions
If your transaction from Magic Eden Wallet is pending for too long:
Adjust the transaction fee
Consider increasing the fee to prioritize your transaction, especially during times of network congestion.
If it's due to network congestion or extended block confirmation times, waiting is the only solution.
Sending to exchanges
Some exchanges need multiple confirmations before reflecting your balance. If your transaction is confirmed but not updated on the exchange, contact their support.
Understanding and troubleshooting pending transactions is crucial for a smooth crypto experience. While the Magic Eden Wallet provides a user-friendly platform for crypto transactions, knowing how to address these common issues empowers users to handle their assets confidently. For further assistance or questions, feel free to contact us. We're here to help!