How do I import a private key?

Learn how to safely and easily import private keys into Exodus. Whether you want to...

  • Claim forked coins
  • Import a paper wallet
  • Or just give your portfolio a makeover

... This guide has you covered!

Only restore wallets from secret recovery phrases and private keys that you trust 100%. You can learn more here: Don't import TRON 12-word phrases or private keys!

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A few notes about importing your private key into Exodus

  • This process does not actually "import" the private key. It sweeps the funds from the private key's address into your Exodus address so that the "imported" funds remain associated with your 12-word phrase. If you have the option to send the funds as a normal transaction, you can do so since it effectively performs the same function.
  • Exodus does not support importing Monero private keys.
  • Exodus supports importing both compressed and uncompressed private keys.
  • For Bitcoin and Bitcoin Cash, Exodus also supports importing encrypted (password protected) private keys.
  • You can import the secret key for both XRP (XRP) and Stellar Lumens (XLM) in the same manner as you import a private key.

How to import a private key?

Below we show an example using Bitcoin, but the process is the same for all other assets.

First, navigate to the asset you'd like to import into your wallet:

Next, click on the three dots in the upper right-hand corner of your wallet and select Move Funds.

Type or paste the private key and click Move Funds.

Exodus will then sweep the funds from the private key into your wallet.

For some assets, the option will be Move Funds (WIF). The reason for this difference is that for Bitcoin and Bitcoin Cash you can also import encrypted Private Keys and for Ethereum-based assets there's no WIF format of the private key.

How to import a Bitcoin private key into the mobile wallet?

In the mobile wallet, it is possible to import a Bitcoin private key only.

First, navigate to the Bitcoin (BTC) wallet, and tap on the gear icon.

Then, tap Add Bitcoin from Private Keys

Paste a Bitcoin private key or scan a QR code to sweep the BTC from your private key into Exodus.

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