Restoring your MultibitHD or Bread Wallet in Electrum

You can restore your MultibitHD, Bread Wallet or Bitcoin Wallet for Android (Schildbach Wallet) in Electrum.

  1. You will need your seed words which are also known as wallet words or seed mnemonic. If you don’t have them written down use your wallet software to find them. Consult your wallet’s documentation if you don’t know how. If you’re using the Schildbach wallet use this tool to get your seed words.
  2. Follow the guide here to restore your wallet from seed keeping in mind two things:
    1. In step four after you enter the seed you have to click on options and check bip39. Make sure it says “bip39 checksum ok” next to the options button.
    2. In step five set the derivation path as m/0′ for the derivation path. That’s a zero and a single quote.

If this is not working for you then make sure that, once you’ve entered the seed and checked bip39 in options, there is no message about failed checksums next to the options button. A failed checksum means that you’ve entered the wrong seed so double check what you’ve typed in. Also make sure you enter the correct derivation path m/0′ in the step after that. Electrum won’t stop you from creating a bip39 wallet with an incorrect seed or derivation path so you need to be mindful of this yourself.

11 thoughts on “Restoring your MultibitHD or Bread Wallet in Electrum”

  1. Hi, Thank you very much for this video.
    I think I read that if I sweep the private keys from my Multibit (Classic) wallet into an Electrum wallet, I can’t use the seed to restore those keys, i.e. the associated bitcoin. If I open a standard Electrum wallet and simply use the request method. I could send over a trial amount first and then add the rest and I’m guessing that the seed for these transactions would work if I ever needed to recover the wallet contents. Am I wrong?
    Thanks again.

    1. Sweeping is an on-chain transaction which means the coins will no longer be controlled by the multibit classic private keys. Instead they will be controlled by your electrum wallet. So create a standard electrum wallet making sure to write down the seed words and then sweep your multibit classic private keys into it. The electrum seed that you wrote down will be a sufficient backup for your bitcoins.

      Creating a wallet: https://bitcoinelectrum.com/creating-an-electrum-wallet/

      Sweeping private keys: https://bitcoinelectrum.com/sweeping-your-private-keys-into-electrum/

  2. You are a dear. Thanks for the help. I am not on top of this stuff and was alarmed to suddenly notice, my money was “unconfirmed” and then that MultibitHD was pronounced dead a year ago or more! This got me to Electrum, which allowed me to send my coinage to another wallet of my choice.

    You rule!

  3. Didn’t work for me. I checked BIP39 but it didn’t find any of my transactions nor balance.

    I noticed though that there were 3 sub-options to select from, from the top of my mind (could be slighly wrong): BIP44, BIP89 etc.

    Which is the correct one?

    I’m using Electrum 3.1.x if that matters.

    1. You have to set a custom derivation path. See step 2b above. I’ve added a screenshot so that it’s clearer what you have to do.

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