What is a Trezor hidden wallet?

Learn more about Trezor hidden wallets.


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What is a Trezor hidden wallet?

Trezor hidden wallets are an extra security feature. It is possible to have multiple hidden wallets on the same Trezor byusing passphrases.

How are hidden wallets generated?

Hidden wallets are generated by combining a passphrase and your Trezor's secret recovery phrase. This creates an entirely new wallet with unique addresses and private keys. Every time you want to connect to a hidden wallet, you must correctly enter its passphrase.

This creates an extra layer of security because, in addition to the secret recovery phrase, you will need the passphrase to access your hidden wallet. It also allows you to have multiple wallets on the same Trezor by using different passphrases for each wallet.

Why is the passphrase so important?

Creating a hidden wallet can be risky, because you will have to keep both the secret recovery phrase and the passphrase safe. Accessing your hidden wallet will not be possible if you lose either the passphrase or the secret recovery phrase.

When you enter a passphrase, you must enter it exactly the same each time to access your hidden wallet. If you mis-type your passphrase, your Trezor will combine the mis-typed passphrase with your secret recovery phrase to create another entirely new wallet. 

If you leave the passphrase blank, you will enter your standard wallet. Your standard wallet doesn't have a passphrase.

For more information on how to troubleshoot hidden wallets, see: How do I troubleshoot Trezor hidden wallets?

How do hidden wallets work in Exodus?

If you have enabled hidden wallets on your Trezor, you will be prompted to enter a passphrase when you connect to Exodus. You can access a hidden wallet by entering the passphrase, or your standard wallet by not entering a passphrase and just clicking Done.

It is not possible to enable hidden wallets inside of your Exodus wallet. 

If you want to enable hidden wallets, be aware that having a hidden wallet comes with some risk. It will not be possible to recover your hidden wallet if you lose or forget its passphrase. 

If you are sure that you want to enable hidden wallets, you can do so in Trezor Suite

You can also read more about hidden wallets on Trezor's website: wiki.trezor.io/Passphrase

It is impossible to recover a hidden wallet if you lose or forget the passphrase. Only use Trezor hidden wallets if you are confident that you won't forget the passphrase.


How do I connect to a hidden wallet in Exodus?

When you connect your Trezor to Desktop, if your Trezor device has enabled passphrases, you will be asked if you want to enter a BIP39 passphrase. Each unique passphrase results in a completely different hidden wallet. 

Here is how you can connect to a hidden wallet in Exodus.

Exodus will only prompt you to enter a passphrase if the passphrase feature has been enabled on your Trezor. To learn more about hidden wallets, see this section: What is a Trezor hidden wallet?

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Open your Exodus wallet and connect your Trezor to Exodus, then unlock your Trezor by entering your pin code on the Trezor screen.
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In Exodus you will be prompted to enter a BIP39 passphrase. Enter the passphrase, then click OK. Exodus will pair with the hidden wallet associated with the passphrase you entered.

It is important to enter the passphrase correctly. Your Trezor will create a different hidden wallet if an incorrect passphrase is entered. For more information, you can see: Why does my Trezor create a new wallet when I enter my passphrase?

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Next, confirm on your Trezor that you want to access the hidden wallet.
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Click Connect. This will add your Trezor hidden wallet to Exodus as a portfolio.

And done! Whenever you want to access the funds in the hidden wallet, you need to connect the Trezor to Exodus and enter the correct passphrase. Make sure that you always have access to your passphrase so you can always access the hidden wallet. 


What is a Trezor standard wallet?

The Trezor standard wallet is the wallet on your Trezor generated from the secret recovery phrase. As the standard wallet does not use a passphrase it is not a hidden wallet. The standard wallet is the wallet the Exodus and Trezor will use if hidden wallets is not enabled.

Let us go through how you can connect to the standard wallet, if your Trezor have hidden wallets enabled.

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You can connect to the standard wallet if you leave the passphrase blank and click OK, then Exodus will pair with your Trezor standard wallet.
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Click Connect to open your Trezor standard wallet as an Exodus portfolio.


How do I troubleshoot Trezor hidden wallets?

This section will go through the most common issues when using hidden wallets.

Why does my Trezor create a new wallet when I enter my passphrase?

If your Trezor creates a new wallet after you have entered the passphrase instead of connecting to your existing Trezor portfolio, it means that the passphrase you entered is incorrect or misspelled.

When you enter a passphrase to access a hidden wallet, your Trezor will combine the secret recovery phrase stored on the Trezor with the passphrase entered and then connect to the wallet generated from that combination. 

Your Trezor can't tell if the passphrase you entered is correct. Your Trezor will always generate a wallet based on the secret recovery phrase and the passphrase combination.

For example, if you created a hidden wallet by entering the passphrase "test" (all lower case), you need to enter this exactly the next time you want to connect to that hidden wallet. If you enter the passphrase "Test" (capital T), you will create an entirely new hidden wallet.

Only the correct passphrase can give you access to your hidden wallet. If you forget or lose the passphrase, it is impossible to access your hidden wallet and the funds in it. If you use hidden wallets, it is crucial to ensure you will never lose your passphrase.

In Exodus, you can easily see what portfolio your Trezor is connected to. The portfolio connected to your Trezor will have a green icon next to the portfolio name, as illustrated in the picture below

For more information on how hidden wallets works, see this section: What is a Trezor hidden wallet?

If your Trezor does not connect to any portfolios when you pair it with Exodus, visit our troubleshooting guide: Exodus does not connect with my Trezor


Why is my send button greyed out?

If the Send button is greyed out, your Trezor is not connected to that portfolio. There can be multiple reasons why your Trezor is not connected to Exodus. Let's go through how to identify what might be causing the connection issue.

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First, open your Exodus wallet and click the Portfolio icon.

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Connect your Trezor with Exodus, then unlock the Trezor by entering the pin code on your Trezor. When your Trezor is connected, check if one of your Trezor portfolios has a green logo next to it, as illustrated below. The green logo shows you which portfolio the Trezor is connected to.
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What do you see when connecting the Trezor?

  • I do not see any green logo next to any of my Trezor portfolios 
    • This could indicate that the Trezor has an issue connecting or communicating with the Exodus app. 
    • For more help on how to troubleshoot a Trezor that does not connect to Exodus, visit: Exodus does not connect with my Trezor
  • My Trezor asks for a passphrase. After entering the passphrase, I am connected to a different portfolio

Why does Exodus ask for a passphrase when I have never used one?

If you have connected your Trezor with other wallets such as Trezor Suite, there is a chance that the other wallet has enabled the optional hidden wallet feature. While you can not enable the hidden wallet feature in Exodus, Exodus will ask you for a passphrase if another wallet like Trezor Suite enabled the hidden wallet feature.

If you're suddenly asked to provide a passphrase but have never used one in the past, then it's safe to leave the passphrase blank and press OK. By leaving the passphrase blank, you will enter your standard wallet.

The passphrase feature can be disabled from Trezor Suite. For more information, please refer to Trezor's guide: wiki.trezor.io/Passphrase

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