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 blockchain assets and allowing you to regain access to your funds on another device in the case of events like device failure, theft, or loss.


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About your wallet's backup

This backup process does not back up your hardware wallet data. The Trezor secret phrase is a separate phrase that is displayed on the hardware device screen when you first set up your Trezor. If you have a hardware wallet connected to Exodus, you will see a warning in the Backup tab.

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 but doing so will ensure that you can regain access to your blockchain assets if your device 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 secret recovery 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. You can also start the backup process before your first deposit if you wish.

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 over a public WiFi connection, where hackers can snoop on you.

For more information about backing up your wallet check out these articles:


How do I find my 12-word secret recovery phrase on Desktop?

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

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This opens the Backup tab. Please create a strong, secret, and unique password, enter it in the box, and click Next.

Please note: 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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Re-enter the password and click Next.

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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 they are spelled correctly. When you are finished writing down the 12-word secret recovery phrase, put it in a secure place that only you can access.

Please note: 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 secret recovery 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 secret recovery phrase safe. If you would like to know more about your 12-word secret recovery 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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Confirm one word to ensure you have written down your secret phrase correctly by clicking on it. Then click Finish.

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.

Here is a Youtube that will also show you how to backup your wallet on desktop and why it is important:

How do I find my 12-word secret recovery phrase on Mobile?

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Open your Dashboard by tapping the dashboard icon in the lower right corner of your screen, then tap Security.

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Tap Backup.

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Make sure no one is around to see your 12-word secret recovery phrase. Tap View Secret Phrase.

Please note: 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 secret recovery 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 secret recovery 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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Leave your finger on the Press and Hold to Reveal button to see your 12-word secret recovery phrase.

Do not store your 12-word secret recovery phrase in any digital format, Do not take a screenshot of your secret 12-word secret recovery phrase. Hackers can access digital files and information, but they can't access an old-fashioned piece of paper. If you would like to know more about how to keep your crypto safe, please click here.

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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?