Not your keys, not your coins
Lightning native wallets aren’t that different from a ‘normal’ bitcoin wallet, in fact some of the options below offer both, but come with a particular focus on Lightning functionality of small/fast payments. Some achieve on-chain interaction via the use of submarine swaps and others require users to connect to their own Bitcoin and/or Lightning node.
Breez is a great option for those wanting to get started with Lightning. It seamlessly supports on-chain send/receive via submarine swaps. Breez solves the inbound liquidity problem by opening channels on demand for a small fee. Breez also supports LN URL withdrawal and comes with a built in marketplace with Bitrefill.
Eclair is an Android only mobile app that allows users to seamlessly use both Bitcoin and Lightning. Eclair allows connection to a user’s own node via an Electrum server for improved on-chain privacy and runs a stripped down Lightning node on the phone that requires manual channel management.
Phoenix is another great starter wallet for users wanting to onboard with Lightning. Much like Breez, Phoenix seamlessly supports on-chain send/receive transactions via submarine swaps and also opens channels on demand for a small fee. These swaps result in a certain level of trust in the entity running the swap service (Acinq) and users should also consider the privacy tradeoffs that come with this setup too.
Zap has multiple implementations, all offering slightly different functionality. Both main release mobile offerings currently do not allow wallet creation and only offer remote Lightning node connection. However, the testflight version on iOS does offer wallet creation functionality. There is a desktop application available on Windows, Mac OS and Linux that allow for remote node connectivity and wallet creation. All Zap offerings come with a simple user interface and support on and off chain transactions.
Zeus is a remote control app that works by connecting to your own node via local IP address or over the Tor network. Zeus allows the user to send/receive on and off chain transactions, manage channels, view invoices and routing fees from anywhere in the world (VPN or Tor option required). Zeus works with all 3 of the popular Lightning implementations.
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