Can I Transfer DOT Without Unbonding and Waiting 28 days? Print
Modified on: Wed, 1 Mar, 2023 at 4:02 PM
Can I Skip the Unbonding Period?
There is currently no way to circumvent the unbonding period on Polkadot, which serves as a security measure to ensure that validators and nominators are accountable for their previous participation in the security of the network.
The unbonding period is 28 days on Polkadot. You can learn how to unbond your funds in this article.
DOT that is bonded (and generally locked or reserved) cannot be sent from one Polkadot account to another. In other words, you can only transfer DOT that shows up as "transferrable" in your account.
The option to bypass the unbonding period has been implemented on Kusama. It allows accounts that have not actively backed any validator in the previous bonding duration to instantly unbond their staked KSM.
More specifically, to be eligible for Fast Unstake, an account must meet the following conditions:
- The stash account should not have been exposed to any active validator for the last 28 eras (7 days on Kusama). In other words, it must not have actively supported any validators during that time.
- The stash account must not have any unbonding or redeemable funds.
If these conditions are met, the nominator can register itself to Fast Unstake through the Staking Dashboard or by running the extrinsic 'fastUnstake.registerFastUnstake()' from the controller account.
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This action requires a deposit of 0.033 KSM to be reserved in the stash account. If it turns out that the above conditions aren't met after all, this deposit will be slashed!
So, make sure you are eligible for Fast Unstake before requesting one. The Staking Dashboard automatically checks your account for eligibility to prevent accidental slashes.
Fast Unstake on the Staking Dashboard
If the account has not been exposed for 28 eras, the staking dashboard will show the "Fast Unstake" button on the Nominate tab.
After clicking the button, the rest of the conditions (i.e., required deposit and no unbonding or redeemable funds) are checked. If they are met, you can click "Register," and your account will be added to the queue. The process will finish in about 3 minutes, and the funds should appear as transferrable.
Fast Unstake on Polkadot-JS UI
Using the Polkadot-JS UI, the extrinsic must be run from the Extrinsic tab. Remember that no conditions are automatically checked beforehand, so be sure your account meets them.
After submitting and signing the extrinsic, the system will check up to one past era (up to 28) per block. If the conditions are met, the unexposed bonded funds should appear as transferrable in the stash account in about 3 minutes.
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