Since Bitcoin is a decentralized currency, there is no central authority that can process transactions. Instead, all transactions are verified by the Bitcoin network.
This means that when you send or receive Bitcoin, the transaction needs to be verified by the network before it can be completed.
The verification process is done through a process called mining. Miners are computers that run special software that confirm transactions by solving complex mathematical problems.
When a miner solves a problem, they add a new block of transactions to the blockchain, which is the public record of all Bitcoin transactions.
The verification process can take a long time depending on how many miners are working on verifying the transaction and how complex the mathematical problem is. The good news is that there are more and more miners joining the network every day, which means that verification times should start to improve over time.
If you’re patient, your Bitcoin transaction will eventually be verified and completed. In the meantime, you can check the status of your transaction on a blockchain explorer like Blockchain.