Can I import a private key?

Importing private keys into Exodus from another wallet to claim forked coins ( Bitcoin Cash or Bitcoin Gold) or just to make sure you get to see a beautiful view of your portfolio? It is easy to import private keys into Exodus, read on to know more.

Exodus supports both compressed and uncompressed Private Keys. Also, for Bitcoin and Bitcoin Cash Exodus also supports importing encrypted (password protected) Private Keys.

Ripple (XRP) and Stellar Lumens (XLM) - You can import the Secret Key for both these assets in the same manner as you import a private key.

Below we are showing an example using Bitcoin. All other assets behave the same way.

  1. If you are on macOS, the developer menu is under 'Exodus'. 
  2. If you are using Windows or Linux, it can be accessed by pressing Ctrl+Shift+D. Also, if you're running Exodus 1.45.0 or later, the Developer menu can be accessed from the Help section: 
    https://support.exodus.io/article/79-how-do-i-open-the-developer-menu
  3. Select Developer > Assets > Bitcoin > Move Funds  

Here, Bitcoin is used as an example; you can substitute for the asset you need. In 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, as mentioned above, and for Ethereum based assets there's no WIF format of the Private Key.

IMPORTANT NOTE: This does not actually "import" the private key. It just moves the funds from the address into Exodus and this transfer has transactions fees. This is because Exodus uses one 12-word restore phrase to restore all funds. So, to be able to restore funds from the 12-word phrase, Exodus must do this transfer.

You can import a Paper Wallet in the same way. Unfortunately, this does mean you'll have to hand-type your private key off of the paper wallet. We hope to improve this process in the future.