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 or Mycelium, then you have to press options and check bip39. If the 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. 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:

19 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.

  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 electrum.org. Don’t download it from anywhere else. Check your browser history to confirm that you downloaded it from electrum.org.

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

          https://bitcoinelectrum.com/frequently-asked-questions/#why-does-restoring-my-wallet-from-seed-lead-to-a-different-wallet

          1. It was on a different computer but am 100% positive that I had downloaded it from electrum.org. 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:

            https://bitcoinelectrum.com/frequently-asked-questions/#why-does-restoring-my-wallet-from-seed-lead-to-a-different-wallet

            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.

  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 (note use the latest version of electrum from electrum.org not the one listed in the guide):

      https://www.reddit.com/r/Electrum/comments/7cjjpg/electrum_synchronizing_message_on_tails/

      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.

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