How do I always have access to my wallet with my 12-word secret recovery phrase?

Writing down your 12-word secret recovery phrase is crucial to keep access to your crypto. It allows you to restore your wallet and funds on another device anytime.


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Why is it important to back up my wallet?

This backup process does not back up your hardware wallet data. Your Trezor secret recovery phrase is different than your Exodus 12-word secret recovery phrase. Your Trezor secret recovery phrase is only displayed when you first set up your Trezor.

Backing up your wallet consists of writing down your 12-word secret recovery phrase and setting a strong password. 

You should back up your wallet so that you never lose access to your funds, no matter what happens to your device.

Writing down your 12-word phrase will allow you to restore your wallet on another device at any time: How do I restore from my 12-word secret recovery phrase?

You only need to back up your wallet once. Writing down your 12-word phrase will ensure that you can regain access to your crypto if you get a new device, or if your phone or computer breaks, gets stolen, or is lost.

Exodus allows you to try the wallet before having to back it up. Once you decide that Exodus is right for you, and you make your first deposit, the backup option will be highlighted with an exclamation mark in an orange triangle (on Desktop) or a pop-up screen (on Mobile and Web3 Wallet) so that you can start the backup process. 

If you'd like, you can also write down your 12-word phrase before you receive any crypto.

Back up your wallet in a private location where no one is able to see your screen. Also, don't back up your wallet when your device is connected to a public WiFi connection.


What happens if I get a new device?

If you get a new phone or computer, you will have to download Exodus again. In order to access your old wallet, you can restore it using your 12-word secret recovery phrase.

Your assets will not automatically transfer over when you get a new device because your 12-word phrase is not stored in a centralized server.

Your 12-word phrase is generated by your device, and it's stored locally in your device's files. This is why installing Exodus on a new device will generate a completely new wallet with its own unique 12-word phrase.

This is why writing down your 12-word phrase is the only way to ensure that you always have access to your funds, regardless of which device you are using.

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If you have an iOS device, be aware that your iCloud backup might contain your 12-word secret recovery phrase. If someone gets access to your device, they could gain access to your 12-word phrase, and your funds. Because of this, it is important to delete old iCloud backups. To learn how, please visit Apple's support article: Manage your iCloud storage.


What’s the difference between my password and my 12-word secret recovery phrase?

While your password and 12-word secret recovery phrase may appear to have a similar function, they serve very different purposes. Here are some of the key differences.

Your password protects your Exodus wallet on your device from anyone that could potentially have access to your device. If someone gets access to your device, they still cannot open or access the wallet unless they have the password. 

If your device gets lost or stolen, your password alone is not enough to recover your wallet. 

On Exodus Desktop, and Web3 Wallet, your wallet data files are encrypted with your password. Even if someone were to get access to your wallet data files, your password would still hinder any attempts to steal your funds. On Mobile, both on Android and iOS, your wallet information is encrypted using your device's own encryption resources. 

On the other hand, your 12-word phrase is the seed from which all your addresses and private keys are derived. Anyone with access to your 12-word seed phrase has full access to your funds, and they would not need the password. 

If your device gets lost or stolen, you can always recover your wallet as long as you have your 12-word phrase. 

Be very careful with your 12-word secret recovery phrase. The 12-word phrase grants full access to your funds. Never share it with anyone. To find out more, check out this article from our Knowledge Base: How do I keep my money safe?


How do I back up my wallet and write down my 12-word secret recovery phrase?

Web3 Wallet

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a) Click the Profile icon, then b) click Security.

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Click Back Up.

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To confirm you want to view your 12-word secret recovery phrase, a) enter your password and b) click Next. Make sure no one can see your screen, because anyone with your 12-word phrase can steal your funds.

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You can now view your 12-word phrase by clicking Reveal phrase. Write down your 12-word phrase and store it in a secure place to you always have access to your funds. Be sure to double-check that the words have been written down in the correct order and that no words are misspelled.

We recommend writing down your 12-word secret recovery phrase on more than one piece of paper, and keeping the copies in separate secure locations to prevent a single point of loss from events like fires, floods, etc.

  • The 12-word phrase generates all your wallet’s addresses and private keys. It is incredibly important for you to keep your 12-word phrase safe. If you would like to know more about your 12-word phrase, please click here.
  • Do not store your 12-word secret recovery phrase in any digital format. Hackers can access digital files and information, but they can't access a piece of paper. If you would like to know more about how to keep your crypto safe, please click here.

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After you have written down your 12-word phrase, and checked that all the words are spelled correctly and are in the correct order, you can click Next.

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Next, to check your backup, you will receive a question regarding the 12-word phrase you have written down. a) Choose the word that is in your secret 12-word phrase, b) then tap Done.


Tutorial video: How do I back up my desktop wallet?

Desktop

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Click on the Settings icon in the top right corner of your Exodus wallet.

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a) Click the Backup tab. b) Create a strong, secret and unique password, enter it in the box, and c) click Next.

Make sure your Exodus wallet password is not the same or similar to any other password you have ever used! We recommend using a password manager to create your password, as they can generate highly random and strong passwords for you as well as store them.

If you forget or lose your password, no one can recover or reset it for you. You can only reset your password with your 12-word phrase. 

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a) Re-enter the password and b) click Next.

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Click View secret phrase.

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Write down your 12-word secret recovery phrase. Mouse over the words and write them down in the correct order. Double-check that they are spelled correctly. When you are finished writing down the 12-word phrase, put it in a secure place that only you can access and click Done.

We recommend writing down your 12-word secret recovery phrase on more than one piece of paper, and keeping the copies in separate secure locations to prevent a single point of loss from events like fires, floods, etc.

  • The 12-word phrase is your secret master seed that generates all your wallet’s addresses and private keys. It is incredibly important for you to keep your 12-word phrase safe. If you would like to know more about your 12-word phrase, please click here.
  • Do not store your 12-word secret recovery phrase in any digital format. Hackers can access digital files and information, but they can't access a piece of paper. If you would like to know more about how to keep your crypto safe, please click here.

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Next, a) read the verification question carefully, b) select the correct answer, and c) click Done.

And that's it! You only have to go through this process once. 


Tutorial video: How do I back up my mobile wallet?

Mobile

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a) Tap the Profile icon, then b) tap Security.

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Tap Backup.

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Make sure no one is around to see your 12-word phrase, then tap View Secret Phrase.

We recommend writing down your 12-word secret recovery phrase on more than one piece of paper, and keeping the copies in separate secure locations to prevent a single point of loss from events like fires, floods, etc.

  • This 12-word phrase is your secret master seed that generates all your wallet’s addresses and private keys. It is incredibly important for you to keep your 12-word phrase safe. If you would like to know more about your secret phrase, please click here.
  • Do not store your 12-word secret recovery phrase in any digital format. Hackers can access digital files and information, but they can't access a piece of paper. If you would like to know more about how to keep your crypto safe, please click here.

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To see your 12-word phrase, a) press and hold your finger on the Press and Hold to Reveal button. Once you have written it down, b) tap Done.
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Next, to check your backup, you will receive a question about your 12-word phrase. a) Choose the correct answer, then b) tap Done.

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Now that you have your 12-word secret recovery phrase secure, it is time to add a passcode to lock your wallet. In the Security menu, toggle on Secure with a Passcode.

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Once you have created your passcode, you will be asked to re-enter it to confirm it. This will enable your passcode on your mobile Exodus wallet.

And that's it! You only have to go through the backup process once! As long as you have your 12-word secret recovery phrase safe, you won't lose access to your funds. 

If you would like to set up Face ID on an iOS device, or Touch ID on an Android device, you can visit: How do I secure my wallet with Face ID or Touch ID?

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