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How to Set Up and Use Zapple Pay for Decentralized Social Media Payments

How to Set Up and Use Zapple Pay for Decentralized Social Media Payments

Dec 28, 2023

How to Set Up and Use Zapple Pay for Decentralized Social Media Payments


In this guide, we will explore how to set up and use Zapple Pay, a workaround for sending Bitcoin Lightning payments (Zaps) on decentralized social media platforms like Nostr, especially for iOS users who face restrictions from Apple. This guide will also touch on the importance of securing your Bitcoin with hardware wallets and the benefits of peer-to-peer trading platforms.


Before we begin, ensure you have the following:

  1. A Nostr profile. If you don't have one, check the show notes or relevant website to create an account.
  2. A Lightning wallet compatible with Nostr Wallet Connect, such as Albi or Mutiny wallets.
  3. An iOS device, specifically if you're looking to circumvent Apple's restrictions, although this guide is also useful for non-iOS users.

Setting Up Your Wallet and Nostr Account

  1. Choose a Lightning Wallet: If you don't have one, consider using Albi or Mutiny. Albi is a browser plugin that allows easy Lightning transactions and can be non-custodial if linked to your node. Mutiny is a non-custodial mobile wallet option that supports Nostr Wallet Connect.
  2. Create or Log Into Your Nostr Account: Use your preferred Nostr client, like Domus for iOS users, to create or access your Nostr profile.

Using Zapple Pay to Send Zaps with Emojis

Step 1: Gather Necessary Information

  1. Get Your Nostr Public Key (nPub): Find and copy your nPub from your Nostr profile. This identifier allows people to find you on Nostr.
  2. Choose Your Trigger Emoji: Decide on an emoji that will trigger the Zap payment. Default is the Hang Ten emoji, but you can customize it.
  3. Set Zap Amount: Determine the amount of SATS you want to zap each time the trigger emoji is used.
  4. Get Your Nostr Wallet Connect String: Go to the Nostr Wallet Connect website (e.g.,, connect your wallet, set a monthly budget, and copy the pairing secret that will be provided.

Step 2: Configure Zapple Pay

  1. Navigate to This is where you will input the information gathered above.
  2. Input Your nPub: Paste your nPub in the designated field on Zapple Pay.
  3. Select Your Trigger Emoji: Keep the default or choose a custom emoji.
  4. Set Your Zap Amount: Enter the amount of SATS you decided on earlier.
  5. Paste Your Nostr Wallet Connect String: Place the string in the field provided.
  6. Save Configuration: Once all information is inputted, hit "Save" to confirm the setup.

Step 3: Test Your Setup

  1. Find a Post to Zap: On your Nostr feed, find a post you wish to support with a Zap.
  2. Reply with Your Trigger Emoji: Respond to the post with the trigger emoji you configured on Zapple Pay.
  3. Verify the Transaction: Check your Lightning wallet to see the deduction and confirm the recipient's balance has increased.

Managing Your Zapple Pay Connection

To disconnect or manage your Zapple Pay connection:

  1. Go to Nostr Wallet Connect: Access your list of connected apps.
  2. Find Zapple Pay: Locate the Zapple Pay connection you want to manage.
  3. Disconnect: Click "Details" and then "Disconnect" to remove the connection.

Advanced Features: Autozaps

For regular support to creators or developers:

  1. Access Autozaps: Click on the Autozaps feature on Zapple Pay.
  2. Configure Autozaps: Set the amount, interval, and recipient's nPub.
  3. Connect Your Wallet: Use your Nostr Wallet Connect string to link your wallet for automatic payments.
  4. Save and Activate Autozaps: Confirm your settings and activate the feature.


This guide provided a comprehensive walkthrough of setting up and using Zapple Pay for decentralized social media payments. Always remember to consider the security of your Bitcoin and explore non-custodial options for managing your digital assets. Enjoy the freedom and efficiency of sending Zaps with emojis and supporting your favorite content creators with Autozaps.


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