Restoring your standard wallet from seed

  1. Begin by creating a new wallet file as per this guide.
  2. Click on next to see the wallet type selection window:

    As you can see Electrum supports different types of wallets. You need to select the same type of wallet that you are restoring which in this case is the “Standard wallet”
  3. In the next step electrum asks you to choose where the wallet secret will come from

    Choose “I already have a seed”
  4. Then enter your seed words:

    Once you’ve entered valid seed words the next button will become enabled and you’ll be able to proceed to the next step.

    Note: If the seed words are from another wallet, like the blockchain.info wallet, then you have to press options and check bip39.

  5. If your seed words are from a bip39 wallet (i.e. not Electrum) you will be shown this window below. Just leave the default value (m/44’/0’/0′ ) unchanged and click next
  6. Electrum now asks you to enter a password to protect your wallet file. This is optional but strongly recommended:
  7. Finally it generates your addresses and displays the electrum window:

9 thoughts on “Restoring your standard wallet from seed”

    1. Thanks for pointing that out. It does work for bc.i wallets if you do one additional thing. In the window where you enter your seed words you have to press the options button and check “bip39”. I will mention that in the article proper too.

  1. If the computer which holds my offline Electrum wallet completely fries and gives up the ghost, can I restore my wallet and its Bitcoin through the process you’ve described above?

    Thanks a lot!

      1. Its held on a USB not an offline computer – so simply copy the .dat file over to many usb’s as copies – you have the password and the watcher wallet to make transactions so its safe. You can recreate a new wallet with your passphrase – that’s all you really need to keep a safe copy of.

          1. His comment seems to be out of context. Not sure why he talks about USB drives.

            Anyway the seed words (12 random English words generated by electrum) are enough to restore a wallet from scratch but they will not restore your wallet labels and contacts. More details here: https://bitcoinelectrum.com/how-to-backup-your-electrum-wallet/

    1. They are not saved on servers because that would mean the server operator could steal from you. Your seed is the key to your entire wallet so you never reveal it to anyone. The seed is displayed during wallet creation and you’re supposed to write it down as a form of wallet backup. In most wallet types you can also view the seed via wallet menu > seed.

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