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How to import/export your private keys

When self-custodying your crypto, it’s important to know how you can import and export your private keys. In case you need to restore your wallet or transfer your wallet to another device, having your backups ready will make importing your private keys simple and straightforward.

In this guide, we’ll teach you how you can export and import your private keys or seed phrases in the OKX Wallet. If you use another wallet provider, the process will be fairly similar.

TL;DR

  • Back up your wallet: Have wallet backups ready by writing down your seed phrase in a secure place, preferably offline. If you lose access to your wallet, this will be the only way you can restore it.
  • Don’t share your seed phrase: It’s important to never share your seed phrase with anyone — a support representative will never ask you for your seed phrase.

Your seed phrase is a human-readable representation of your private keys. For wallet providers like OKX, you only need one seed phrase to access and restore all of your cryptocurrencies. To learn more about seed phrases and private keys, read our guide on public and private keys.

How do I export my private keys from the OKX Wallet?

To export your seed phrase or private keys from the OKX Wallet, head to Wallet management and choose Back up wallet. From there, you’ll have the option to either write down your seed phrase or view your private keys for each cryptocurrency, as shown below.

How to export private keys from OKX Wallet

How do I import my private keys into the OKX Wallet?

To import your seed phrase or private keys in the OKX Wallet, click Import wallet at the start screen. From there, you’ll have the option to import a seed phrase (12-24 words) or import a private key.

How to import private keys in OKX Wallet

How should I back up my seed phrase/private key?

In order to keep your wallet secure, make sure you’ve backed up your seed phrase before adding any funds to your wallet. This is so that in case you lose access to your wallet and need to reset it, you’ll have your seed phrase ready to restore.

It is generally recommended that you store your seed phrases offline. This means writing it down on paper and keeping it in a secure location where no one else can access it. If you want more security, you can etch your seed phrase in metal.

Regardless of how you store your seed phrase, it is of paramount importance to never share your seed phrase with anyone. If you are seeking support and someone asks for your seed phrase, don’t share it. Anyone who is asking for your seed phrase is likely a malicious actor and may try and steal your funds.

Self-custodying your crypto may seem daunting, but the OKX Wallet makes it simple and straightforward to get started. To learn how you can begin your self-custody journey, check out our guide on getting started with the OKX Wallet.

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