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

Backing up your wallet by writing down your 12-word secret recovery phrase is crucial for securing your crypto and allowing you to regain access to your wallet and funds on another device.


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Why is it important to back up my wallet?

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

Backing up your wallet by writing down your 12-word secret recovery 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. We want to make sure that Exodus is right for you before you go ahead and write down your 12-word phrase and set a password

Once you decide that Exodus is right for you and 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) so that you can start the straightforward and simple backup process. If you'd like, you can also start the backup process before your first deposit.

For the Exodus Web3 Wallet, you will see a pop-up message if you have not yet gone through the backup process and confirmed that you have written down your 12-word phrase.

Back up your wallet in a private location where no one is able to see your screen. Also, be sure not to back up your wallet when your device is connected to a public WiFi connection, where hackers can snoop on you.

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

Here is a video that will show you how to back up your wallet on Desktop:

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

Here is a video that will show you how to back up your wallet on Mobile:


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. So 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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How do I find 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.


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 for you.

If you forget or lose your password, no one can recover or reset it for you. This is another advantage of password managers: they remember the passwords so you don't have to.

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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 the backup process once. You do not need to backup your wallet every time you use Exodus. Your wallet will continuously backup, even if you never open Exodus. This is because your funds live on the blockchain and Exodus is a blockchain interface that reflects the data found there.


Mobile

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Open the Menu by a) tapping the Profile icon in the lower right corner of your screen, 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 secret recovery phrase, a) leave your finger on the Press and Hold to Reveal button to see your 12-word phrase. Once you have written down your 12 words, b) tap Done.
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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 correct answer to the question, b) then 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. Inside 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! You do not need to backup your wallet every time you use Exodus. Your wallet will continuously backup, even if you never open Exodus. This is because your funds live on the blockchain and Exodus is a blockchain interface that reflects the data found there.

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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