How do I delete my wallet and start over?

The complete guide on how to delete your Exodus wallet and start over with a brand new wallet.


In this article:


Why would I want to delete my wallet?

Warning: If you delete your wallet, all your crypto and transaction history will be permanently deleted from your device. You will only be able to recover your funds with your 12-word secret recovery phrase. If you delete your wallet and your funds, you do so at your own risk.

There are several reasons why you may want to delete your wallet from your device:

  • You already have your wallet restored on a new device
  • Your wallet doesn't open anymore and all attempts to update it have failed
  • Your wallet was compromised and you want to start over with new private keys and a new 12-word secret recovery phrase

Before deleting your wallet, you will want to make sure you have your 12-word secret recovery phrase written down in case you need it in the future: How do I always have access to my wallet with my 12-word secret recovery phrase?

You also might want to download your transaction history for your records and for tax purposes: How do I export my transaction history?


How do I delete my wallet and start over?

Web3 Wallet

If you would like to uninstall Exodus Web3 Wallet, or erase your wallet and start over, please follow the steps outlined below.

Before deleting your wallet, you will want to make sure you have your 12-word secret recovery phrase written down in case you need it in the future: How do I always have access to my wallet with my 12-word secret recovery phrase?

Step 1: Move your current crypto to a temporary wallet

Option A: A temporary Exodus Desktop wallet.
1
Download Exodus Desktop and install it. We will use this as a temporary wallet.
2
Open the Exodus wallet you just downloaded and restore your assets using this guide.
Option B: A temporary Exodus wallet on your supported mobile device
1
Please download Exodus Mobile on your Android or iOS mobile device.
2
Now restore your current Exodus wallet's 12-word phrase by following this guide.

Step 2: Delete your current Exodus wallet to generate a new wallet

Before deleting your wallet, make sure you have backed up your current 12-word secret recovery phrase and exported a copy of the transaction history for your records.

1
Open your Web3 Wallet and a) click the Profile icon, then b) click Settings.

2
Click Delete Wallet .

3
This will bring up a prompt to confirm you truly want to erase your wallet. Click Delete.

Once you click Delete, this wallet will be wiped from the device and this cannot be reversed. Only your 12-word phrase can recover a wallet once this is done.

4
Another confirmation page will pop up to make sure you want to delete the wallet. Click Delete Wallet.

Step 3: Open Exodus to check if you have a new wallet

In this step, all you need to do is make sure your Exodus Web3 Wallet has generated a new wallet. If you see the welcome screen then your wallet deletion was successful.

Step 4: Send your funds back to your new wallet

You can go to the wallet you sent your funds to in Step 1 and send them to your new Exodus Web3 Wallet wallet.

If you would like to delete your temporary wallet, you can follow Step 2 above.


Desktop

If you would like to uninstall Exodus Desktop, or erase your wallet and start over, please follow the steps outlined below.

Before deleting your wallet, you will want to make sure you have your 12-word secret recovery phrase written down in case you need it in the future: How do I always have access to my wallet with my 12-word secret recovery phrase?

You also might want to download your transaction history for your records and for tax purposes: How do I export my transaction history?

Step 1: Move your current crypto to a temporary wallet

Option A: A temporary Exodus wallet on a different computer you trust.
1
Download Exodus and install it on a different computer. We will use this as a temporary wallet.
2
Open the Exodus wallet you just downloaded on the other computer and restore your assets using this guide.
Option B: A temporary Exodus wallet on a different user account on the same computer.
1
Please follow these instructions to create a new user account on your computer: How do I create multiple accounts or users on my computer?
2
Once you’ve created an additional user account on your computer, download Exodus on the new account by visiting: Download Exodus and install it and launch it.
3
Now restore your funds on the new Exodus wallet on your new user account by following this guide.
Option C: A temporary Exodus wallet on your supported mobile device
1
Please download Exodus wallet on your supported mobile device by visiting: Exodus mobile.
2
Now restore your current Exodus wallet's 12-word phrase into your Exodus mobile application by following this guide.

Step 2: Delete your current Exodus wallet files and install a new wallet

Before deleting your wallet, make sure you have backed up your current 12-word secret recovery phrase and exported a copy of the transaction history for your records.

Locate the data folder containing your digital asset keys and wallet data on your computer. The data directory is located in different places depending on if you are on a PC, macOS or Linux.

Mac

Open the Exodus menu and follow this path: Developer > Data Folder > Open Data Folder

Alternatively, you can also get here by opening finder and pressing Command + Shift + G. Copy and Paste this into the Go To Folder text field: ~/Library/Application Support/Exodus

Tutorial video: How do I delete Exodus on Mac?

Windows

You can also access the folder from the Exodus wallet by opening the developer menu and following this path: Developer > Data Folder > Open Data Folder. Alternatively, you can follow the path C: > Users > YOUR-USERNAME > AppData > Roaming > Exodus

Windows users may need to show hidden files to access this folder. You can open the developer menu by holding down "Control" and "Shift", then "D". You can find detailed instructions on how to open the developer menu here.

Linux

home > YOUR-USERNAME > .config > Exodus. Linux users may need to show hidden files to access this folder. On most Linux platforms you can turn on hidden files by typing Control + H

After opening up the data folder (containing your asset keys and wallet data) in your file browser, it's important to close Exodus before proceeding.

Once Exodus is closed, you may either delete the folder labelled Exodus, or rename it to something else (e.g. Exodus.old). After this is complete, opening Exodus will lead straight to the Portfolio page, which will show zero funds.

At this point

If your goal was just to delete your wallet because you no longer want Exodus on this computer, you can now uninstall/delete the Exodus application altogether as you have removed the sensitive files already.

If your goal was to restore your existing wallet or create a new wallet on the same computer, please continue with Step 3.

Step 3: Open Exodus to check if you have a new wallet

In this step, all you need to do is double click on your Exodus wallet icon again and start your wallet. You should see no crypto in this wallet and a brand new 12-word phrase. This means you have successfully deleted your old wallet.

It's important to backup your new wallet by writing down the new 12-word secret recovery phrase and setting a password to secure it.

If you have sent out funds in step 1 and want them into this new Exodus wallet we have just created, then please continue with step 4.

Step 4: Send your funds back to your new wallet

All you need to do in this step is to go to the wallet you sent your funds to in Step 1 and send them to your new Exodus wallet.


Mobile

If you would like to uninstall Exodus Mobile, or erase your wallet and start over, please follow the steps outlined below.

Before deleting your wallet, you will want to make sure you have your 12-word secret recovery phrase written down in case you need it in the future: How do I always have access to my wallet with my 12-word secret recovery phrase?

You also might want to download your transaction history for your records and for tax purposes: How do I export my transaction history?

Step 1: Move your current crypto to a temporary wallet

Option A: Create a temporary Exodus wallet on a computer you trust.
1
Download Exodus and install it on a computer you trust. We will use this as a temporary wallet.
2
Open the Exodus wallet you just downloaded on the computer and restore your assets into it using this guide.
Option B: Send your assets to a different wallet
1
Follow this guide to send all your crypto out of your wallet to a different wallet.

Step 2: Delete your current Exodus wallet to generate a new wallet

Tutorial video: How do I delete Exodus on Mobile?

Before deleting your wallet, make sure you have backed up your current 12-word secret recovery phrase and exported a copy of the transaction history for your records.

1
Open Exodus Mobile and a) tap the Profile icon, then b) tap Settings.

2
Scroll down until you find the Delete Wallet button in the Advanced section and tap it.

3
Tap Delete Wallet.

4
A prompt asking you to confirm that you want to delete your wallet will pop-up. Tap Delete.
Warning: When you tap delete, all your crypto and transaction history will be permanently deleted from your device. You will only be able to recover your funds with your 12-word secret recovery phrase. If you delete your wallet and your funds, you do so at your own risk.

5
Another prompt will appear stating that Exodus will need to restart. Tap Restart.

Step 3: Open Exodus to check if you have a new wallet

In this step, all you need to do is make sure your Exodus wallet application restarted and generated a new wallet. You should see the welcome screen again.

Step 4: Send your funds back to your new wallet

All you need to do in this step is go to the wallet you sent your funds to in Step 1 and send them to your new Exodus wallet.

If you would like to delete your temporary wallet, you can follow Step 2 above.

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