How do I backup my wallet and set a password?
Backing up your wallet is crucial for securing your blockchain assets and allows you to regain access to your funds on another device in the case of events like device failure, theft, or loss.
This backup process does not backup 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.
You only need to backup your wallet once but doing so will ensure that you can regain access to your blockchain assets at any time if you experience problems like your computer or phone breaking or being stolen or 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 phrase or password! Once you decide that Exodus is for you and make your first deposit, no matter how small and for whichever asset you prefer, the Backup option will be highlighted with a red exclamation mark so that you can start the straightforward and simple backup process. You can also start the backup process before the first deposit if you wish.
Backup your wallet in a private location where no one is able to see your screen. Also, be sure not to backup your wallet over a public WiFi connection, where hackers can snoop on you.
In this Article:
Setting a Strong Password
Backing up your 12 Word Secret Phrase
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To back up your Desktop wallet, click the Backup tab.
- Create a strong, secret, and unique password, enter it in the box, and click “NEXT”.
- Re-enter the password and click NEXT
We recommend using a password manager to create your password, as they can generate highly random and strong passwords for you.
- Write down your 12-word recovery phrase. Mouse over the words and write them down in the correct order and put them in a secure place where only you have access.
Also be sure to make more than 1 copy of your 12-word secret phrase and to keep copies in separate locations to prevent a single point of failure from events like fires, loss, etc.
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. If you created the password yourself, re-entering your password will let you see if you remember it.
- Confirm a word of your paper backup.
These 12 words (your “seed” or secret phrase) are your master seed that generates all your wallet’s addresses and private keys. In other words, with this secret phrase, ANYONE can access your wallet’s funds anytime and anywhere from Exodus or another wallet which is why it is important for you to keep it safe.
For this reason, do not store your 12-word secret phrase in any digital format, such as a screenshot or picture on your phone, a document on your computer, USB drive, or in the cloud (e.g. Dropbox), an email, etc.
Hackers can access digital files and information, but they can't access an old-fashioned piece of paper!
And that's it! You only have to go through the backup process once. 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.
- Open your Profile by tapping the person silhouette icon in the lower right corner of your screen.
- Tap Security
- Tap Backup
Make sure nothing (people, cameras) is around to peep your recovery phrase. Anyone with your recovery phrase can access your funds from anywhere at any time. They will not require your phone, nor any passcodes you may have set. Your 12-word recovery is the master key.
Tap View Secret Phrase if you are ready and able to write these magical 12-words down on paper and store them in a secure and private location.
- Leave your finger on the Press and Hold to Reveal button to see your 12-word secret phrase.
- Now that you have your Recovery Phrase secure, it is time to add a Passcode to lock your wallet. Inside the Security menu again, toggle on Secure with Passcode.
- Once you have created your Passcode, you will be asked to re-enter it to confirm it, This will enable security on your mobile Exodus wallet.
Do not take a screenshot of your secret 12-word recovery phrase. Do not create a digital copy or store it on a computer where it will be at risk of getting snagged by malware and hackers. Write it down on paper.
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