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 wallet, Bither or Mycelium, then you have to press options and check bip39. If the seed words are from Bither wallet then make sure you replace the hyphens in the seed phrase with spaces. It should display ‘BIP39 checksum OK” next to the options button when you’ve entered a valid bip39 seed mnemonic.

    If the originating wallet is MultibitHD, Bread Wallet or Bitcoin Wallet for Android by A. Schildbach then follow the guide here instead.

  5. If your seed words are from a bip39 wallet (i.e. not Electrum) you will be shown this window below. Choose the legacy p2pkh option if the addresses in the originating wallet begin with ‘1’, p2sh-segwit if they begin with ‘3’ and native segwit if they begin with ‘bc1’:

    Note that last digit in the derivation path denotes the HD account number. If the recovered wallet does not reflect all your funds repeat the restoration process with a new wallet file and increment the last number. Do this again and again until you have recovered all HD accounts. For example: m/44’/0’/1′ to restore the second HD account, m/44’/0’/2′ for the third HD acccount etc. Note also that the single quotes in the derivation path are not optional.

  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:

55 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. Not working for me,it opens another instance of a wallet. example wallet2 enter my 12 seeds, and then nothing, but question is how would it recognize my btc address from

        1. you have to import seeds as bip39. see the note above on the seed entry step. also what version of electrum are you using?

          1. Version electrum-3.2.2
            I shall try again, i have another two wallets to do the same thing, can i import to the same wallet, if the first one is successful, thank you.

          2. See here for some troubleshooting ideas:

  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:

      2. Hi Abdussamad

        I see this was from back in 2017 so I hope your still available to help.

        My work computer has detected my wallet as malware and deleted it. Therefore to confirm to restore it and its bitcoin I only need my seed and wallet password.

        And I can go to electrum website and download on to a new computer.

        ie. I dont need a back up file of the wallet saved to a usb etc?

        Apologies in advance I am the most untech savvy person alive! I can barley downlowd apps so bitcoin is well above my level of comprehension. Feel free to explain to me in patronizingly dumbed down language.

        1. You can get access to your bitcoins with just the seed but meta data stored in the wallet file like labels you set for addresses will be lost.

          Note that many antivirus programs have bugs in them that lead to false positives for the electrum program. There is a warning about this on the electrum download page as well under “notes for windows users”. You should make sure to verify the electrum maintainer’s gpg sig and if it verifies then you can go ahead and whitelist it in your antivirus program.

          How to verify your download:

    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.

      1. Hey abdussamad this is mohamed. Hope all is well. So i am not able to restore my bitcoins at all from ledgdrer. I have my pvt keys and used electrum snd inly able to see 1.1 bitcoin . I tried the segwit and the legacy and all. I kept changing the last no in the derivation address and i se zero..i am not really sure how to get any help..or obtain my btc funds?..

        1. just get another ledger and use that. you can’t rely on foolproof restoration across wallets. use the same wallet you used originally.

  2. I created a new Electrum wallet on my dekstop Windows 7 using my old seed because i had installed a new hard disk. But i could not see my old balance and transactions from old wallet.

    The circle icon in the bottom right is green. This means the Electrum has synchronized with the network.

    I don’t what to do to restore my old balance.

    1. read post 15 in your thread on bitcointalk forum again. in future when you ask for help try reading the answers that are given to you 🙂

      1. How long does it take for the wallet to be restored from seed? I’m seeing a zero balance and history. I’ve tried different servers as well and I don’t think I had a multibit wallet before. I’m on Mac OSX and using 3.1.2 (the downloaded .dmg says 3.1.2 but when you launch app, it says 3.1.1 – typo of sorts?)

        Yes, there is a chance that I am mistyping the seed or what I have written down is incorrect, but I really don’t think that’s the case.

        I really don’t know what else to do so than you in advance for the help!

        1. Where did you download it from? The one and only official site is Don’t download it from anywhere else. Check your browser history to confirm that you downloaded it from

          If you did download it from the official site then try the things listed here:

          1. It was on a different computer but am 100% positive that I had downloaded it from When I try restoring the wallet, I still don’t see anything in there but it matches the public key that I had written down as well. I tried the other steps in the post that you mentioned but it looks like I get the green circle pretty instantaneously after I try to restore. Is that expected? Is there anything that I’m missing? Thanks so much for you help!

          2. Everything you can try is covered in the link below:


            If you are sure you have tried everything there and the balance does not reflect what you expect then the seed you have is for a different wallet.

          1. See here:

            If the seed you are using was generated in pre 2.0 electrum then there is no checksum in that seed which means you have to make sure you get the order of the words right. Electrum won’t be able to detect an incorrect word order.

  3. To ANYONE reading this that can help… when i created my original default wallet, i created a password. i saved the seed, but foolishly never saved the password, which has long been forgotten.

    everywhere i read – the solution should be simple – “just restore your wallet using the seed” – but unfortunately that does NOT allow you to bypass the fact that you have a password assigned to that wallet. the only way to get back to the first step, where you’re asked to set a password, is if you delete and uninstall electrum all together, reinstall it, and start over.

    however, since i’m using Tails, without rather in-depth knowledge of linux, you can’t just “uninstall and reinstall” a program… so i have had a significant chunk of money stuck in this wallet for almost a month now, with no way of getting it out, because i can’t reset the password (whenever i try “restoring” my wallet, it just creates a copy and skips over the step of choosing a password – leaving the old password intact), and i can’t SEND the bitcoin to another wallet, because sending requires that you type in your GD password!! someone please for the love of god help me!

    1. Are you married to tails? The reason I ask is because the version of electrum in tails is really old and you have to upgrade to the latest version first. Here’s a guide on how to do that:

      The second thing is when you restore a wallet you do so in a new wallet file as explained in step 1 of the guide above on this site. When you restore you get the option to set a new password of your choice. So I’m not sure what it is that you are doing where you are not getting that option. I suggest going through the guide above on this site once again.

      Oh and if you’re not married to Tails then install Electrum on your PC and use it there. Upgrading it on tails is a bit complicated as you can see.

  4. Hello< I downloaded new version of Qtum Electrum wallet for mac and set up the wallet. I have seed phrase written down. I set encrypted password and it was verified. I added Qtum tokens and closed wallet. Now when i try to open the wallet and input my password it says incorrect password. I have tried repeatedly to enter the password with no luck. If i try to create new electrum wallet i will be given a choice to replace or keep both wallets. I replaced old wallet with new one and it still brings me to the same encrypted password to open wallet. I was not able to get to where I can input my seed phrase to recover my Qtum tokens. Any help is greatly appreciated.

    1. This site is only for the bitcoin version of electrum. However if you just want to know how to create a new wallet file I suggest reading the link in step 1 above once again. This time enter a unique name for your new wallet file. Then you will be able to restore from seed.

  5. I have restored my paper Electrum wallet through my seed, but I get 0 funds/0 transactions. It was made with Electrum version 2.9.3. What should I do now?

    1. see here for things you can try:

  6. How can I use your seeds form multi address wallet for blockchain?I got one by one private keys but they shows another address with empty btc

  7. Im making a wallet through electrum and im altimitly use tails electrum so im asking in order to transfer bitcoin from coin block to electrum do i just send it to the qddress on my windows electrum then the electrum on tails should be a whole new wallet or do i use same address im confused please help

  8. I follow the instructions as explained on this page and enter the 12 words of the seed of an old Electrum wallet. At the end I see a wallet without movements and without Bitcoins. It’s like a new wallet. I do not know what else to do.

    Can you help me? Thank you.

    1. See here:

      Also if the above doesn’t help then tell me what version you used to create the wallet in the first place? Number 2 here might help you figure out the version number: . If it is a pre-2.0 seed then that doesn’t have a checksum in it. A lack of a checksum means that the order of the words can’t be validated by electrum. You yourself have to make sure the order of the words is correct.

    1. IDK since I don’t use Windows at all. I suggest asking in one of the community forums:

  9. Hello. I have restored my electrum wallet from the seeds. I do not see old labels and addresses. I understand that I can create new labels and new addresses. My question: will are receive my btw that is sent to the old electrum wallet ( the one I had before restoration?

    1. Labels are not restored when you restore from seed. However addresses, transactions and balance should be the same as in the old wallet. If they are not then try the things listed here:

      If non of the above helps create a thread on one of the community forums:

  10. After upgrading to version 3.3.6, the message “not connected” hangs all the time and there is a red circle. All that is recommended here: – does not help. I can only connect to the network via Tor. But the problem with the connection in the usual Web remains …..

    1. to use tor you must have a proxy configured under tools > network > proxy tab? if tor proxy is not running that means you won’t be able to connect. so try removing the proxy settings configured there. if that doesn’t do it then you likely have a censored internet connection courtesy of your ISP. so take it up with them.

  11. if computer was stolen and i restore wallet with seed on a new computer with new password will that change the password for the wallet on the old computer as well?
    my old wallet password was very simple and im concerned it could be accessed.

    1. No it won’t because when you open electrum you are not logging into a remote system. There is no central repository of wallets that you are accessing or modifying.

      What you should do is move your coins to a new wallet. See the guide for creating a new wallet:

      After you’ve created your new wallet just grab a receive address from the receive tab, use file > open to switch to the old wallet and use the send tab there to send coins to your new wallet’s address.

  12. When I’m restoring the wallet on another device, Electrum doesn’t ask me for a pass phrase the seed is enough. How come?

    1. because it’s a deterministic wallet and all private keys are derived from the seed. so that is enough to restore your wallet.

      the password you set is only used to encrypt the wallet file on your computer. this is a precaution in case someone gets access to your system.

  13. Once I have a seed, do I have to use it till the end of my life?

    What if someone finds out what my seed is, how would I regenerate it and yet keep all my bitcoins?

    1. you can create more than one wallet in electrum and move your coins between wallets. each wallet has a separate seed.

      see the guide to creating a wallet:

      if someone gets the seed to a wallet with funds in it then they can steal your money.

  14. Hello Abdul

    I have successfully restored my electrum wallet from your method above but i had multiple wallets(3) with btc in the same wallet, but after restoring i could only see my default wallet, please how can i find my other two bitcoin wallet address attached to my electrum wallet?

    1. this is likely because you have more than one HD account. you will need to restore in a new wallet file for each account because electrum only supports one account per wallet file. see the note in step 5 above.

  15. How can I verify my seed correctly restore my wallet on an offline computer if Electrum can not sync? I have the master public key to create a watch-only wallet but I want to make sure the seed I have can restore a full wallet for me.

    1. just restore as per the guide above and compare the addresses on the addresses tab (view > show addresses). you can switch wallet files via file > open or recently open.

      you could also compare the mpks of the restored and original wallet.

      the seed actually has a checksum in it so an invalid seed won’t create a wallet. so just being able to restore is a good indicator that you have the right seed.

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