TRON and TRON token FAQs - Learn more about TRX, TRC10, and TRC20 tokens

Everything you need to know about TRON (TRX) and TRON tokens - both TRC10 and TRC20 - inside of your Exodus wallet. How to use Tether (USDT) on the TRON network and much more!


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What is TRON?

The TRON blockchain is designed to support free and decentralized digital content while keeping transaction fees low through its native TRON (TRX) asset. TRON is also a blockchain platform for decentralized applications (dApps).

Development for TRON was started in 2017 by a Singapore non-profit called the TRON Foundation by Founder and CEO Justin Sun. TRON began as an ERC20 token on the Ethereum network until it was launched to its own TRON network in 2018.


What are the benefits of TRON?

TRON allows you to send TRC10 and TRC20 tokens, such as TRC20 Tether (USDTTRX) or BitTorrent (BTT), without having to pay network transaction fees. This can be done by freezing some TRON in your wallet.


What are TRC10 and TRC20 tokens?

Like other blockchain networks such as Ethereum, TRON allows users to create or issue tokens. These tokens can be used as a dApp's currency.

Like Ethereum has ERC20 tokens, TRON has TRC10 and TRC20 tokens.

TRC10 is a technical token standard, and TRC20 is a technical standard used for smart contracts on the TRON blockchain.


TRC10 vs. TRC20

Aside from easy token creation (TRC10) and smart contract functionality (TRC20), there are a few other key differences between the two types of tokens:

  • TRC10 is accessible via API (application programming interface)
  • TRC10 has 1000 times lower transaction fees than TRC20 but has bandwidth costs for API transfers and deposits
  • TRC10 transfers and deposits into smart contracts cost bandwidth and energy

Bandwidth allows users to perform TRON transactions, and energy allows users to process TRON smart contracts. Instead of paying gas fees (small amounts of cryptocurrency, such as in Ethereum's network where gas = small amounts of ETH) to perform these tasks, users freeze or lock up TRON (TRX), which generates bandwidth and energy.

For more differences between TRC10 and TRC20, see this guide on TRON's website: TRON Ecosystem Introduction


Which TRON tokens does Exodus support?

Currently, Exodus supports the following TRON tokens:

Tether (USDTTRX) TRC20 token Send, receive, exchange
BitTorrent (new) (BTT) TRC20 token Send, receive
BitTorrent (BTTOLD) TRC10 token Send, receive

If you currently hold BTTOLD, and would like more information on the BTT migration, or instructions on how to swap your BTTOLD for new TRC20 BTT tokens, check out this Knowledge Base article:  How do I swap old BitTorrent (BTT) for new BTT?

To enable TRC20 BTT, follow the steps in this guide: How do I enable/disable assets in Exodus?


What is a frozen TRON balance?

The TRON network allows every user to send TRX from their wallet 20 times every day and not pay any network fees.

Freezing some TRX allows you to gain more free transactions per day.


Bandwidth

Freezing TRON for Bandwidth allows you to be able to perform more TRON (TRX) and TRC10 transfers without having to pay network fees. The TRON is frozen for a minimum of 3 days, after 3 days is up you can choose to unfreeze your TRON or leave it frozen.

Check out this TRON calculator to find out how much Bandwidth you can get for freezing your TRON: https://tronstation.io/calculator


Energy

Freezing TRON for Energy allows you to be able to perform more transactions with TRON smart contracts without having to pay network fees. This includes all TRC20 token transfers. Your TRON is frozen for a minimum of 3 days. After 3 days you can choose to unfreeze your TRON or leave it frozen.

Check out this TRON calculator to find out how much Energy you can get for freezing your TRON: https://tronstation.io/calculator


How do I see my frozen balance inside of Exodus?

If you have frozen some TRON in a different wallet using your Exodus TRX private key and want to check the balance in Exodus, all you need to do is go to your TRON wallet inside of Exodus, click the three dots in the top right corner, and click on Advanced Options.

Here you will see Total Balance, Frozen Balance, and Available Balance.


How do I freeze/unfreeze my TRON inside of Exodus?

Desktop:

Freeze

To freeze TRON from your desktop wallet, follow the steps below:

1
First, open your TRON wallet inside Exodus, click on the three dots in the top right corner, then click on Advanced Options.

2
Scroll down to the resource that you want to freeze your TRON for, Bandwidth and/or Energy.

3
Enter an amount of TRON you would like to freeze for your chosen resource, then click Freeze for Bandwidth or Freeze for Energy.

And that is it! You have now frozen some TRON to gain resources on the TRON network. You will have to wait a minimum of 3 days until you are able to unfreeze this TRX.

Unfreeze

After you have waited a minimum of 3 days, and you have decided you want to unfreeze your TRON, follow the steps below:

1
First, open your TRON wallet inside Exodus, click on the three dots in the top right corner, then click on Advanced Options.

2
Scroll down to the resource that you want to unfreeze, Bandwidth and/or Energy, click on the Unfreeze tab, then click on Unfreeze.

And that is it! You have now unfrozen your TRON, and you can send or exchange it.


Mobile:

Freeze

To freeze TRON from your mobile wallet, follow the steps below:

1
First, open your TRON wallet inside of Exodus on your mobile, then tap on the Advanced Options symbol in the top right corner.

2
Swipe down to the resource that you want to freeze your TRON for, Bandwidth and/or Energy and tap where it says Freeze For Bandwidth or Freeze For Energy depending on your choice of resource.

3
Enter an amount of TRON you would like to freeze for your chosen resource, then simply tap FREEZE FOR BANDWIDTH or FREEZE FOR ENERGY when you are ready!

Bandwidth

Energy

And that is it! You have now frozen some TRON to gain some resources on the TRON network. You have to wait a minimum of 3 days until you are able to unfreeze this balance.

Unfreeze

After you have waited a minimum of 3 days, and you have decided you want to unfreeze your TRON, simply follow the steps below:

1
First, open your TRON wallet inside of Exodus on your mobile, then tap on the Advanced Options symbol in the top right corner.

2
Swipe down to the resource that you want to unfreeze your TRON for, Bandwidth and/or Energy and tap where it says Unfreeze depending on your choice of resource.

And that is it! You have now unfrozen your TRON, and you can send or exchange it.


How do I receive a TRON token?

1
Open your Exodus wallet on your desktop or mobile device.
2
Next, you will need to ensure you have enabled the wallet in Exodus. To do so, follow these instructions: How do I enable/disable assets in Exodus? Look for the TRX badge and icon to ensure you are enabling the correct version of your token.
Desktop
Mobile

3
Once enabled, open the wallet and click or tap Receive.

How do I send or exchange a TRON token?

Please note: You will need some TRON (TRX) inside of your Exodus wallet to be able to send or exchange your TRON tokens.

You will need some TRX in your wallet as all "TRC20"-type TRON token transactions require some amount of TRON to be frozen for Energy. This will allow you to perform TRC20 token transactions without having to pay any network fees.

To see how much TRON you need to freeze you can check out Tron Station Calculator. Once you have figured out how much TRON you need to freeze, follow the above section for your device to freeze your TRON directly in Exodus- How to freeze on Desktop or How to freeze on Mobile - then once frozen, follow the below steps:

1
Open your Exodus wallet on your desktop or mobile device and ensure you have some TRON frozen for Energy in your wallet to avoid paying transaction fees.
3
Find your TRON token wallet and click/tap on the Send button.
4
Enter the destination address and the amount of the token you want to send and when you are ready, click or tap Send.

What happens if I send an unsupported TRON token to my Exodus TRON address?

Desktop:

Please note: Your private keys are for your eyes only. Anyone with access to your private keys or 12-word secret recovery phrase can spend your funds.

1
Open your Exodus TRON wallet on your desktop computer and find your TRON private key following this guide.
2
Once you have your TRON private key, you will need to import it into a wallet that supports your token. Here is a list of TRON wallets you can research to see which one works for your purpose: https://tron.network/wallet.

Mobile:

Please note: You will need to use a computer that you trust. Anyone with access to your private keys or 12-word secret recovery phrase can spend your funds.

1
First, find a computer that you trust and download Exodus on it.
2
Link your mobile wallet to your desktop device following this guide: How do I sync my wallet to a computer?
3
Now, follow the desktop instructions to see how to recover your unsupported TRC20 token sent to your Exodus TRON address.

If want to delete your Exodus wallet from the desktop device, follow this guide to completely remove it.