Hi I’ve been trying to import (password protected) paper wallets (created earlier this year) into anything today…
Found a youtube vid explaining how to import into electrum but when I downloaded it there was no longer an “import” option for private keys (only “sweep” and “export”) - and I couldn’t get it to happen there. I’ve then tried jaxx. It says it offers import support for litecoin paper wallets (including encrypted ones) but after I scanned the QR code it just sat there and did nothing…
I’m now synching the core wallet. Could anyone let me know how long the synch might take? Or if I have any other option but to wait?
New to litecoin and any help would be much appreciated!!
don’t do anything until it is completely synced
open your qt core wallet and under help click debug window then click console and type: importprivkey (followed by the private key/spend key) then rescan if needed…
as long as there is a value greater than zero attached to the key the coins will pop up and the transactions corresponding to it will appear in your wallet / key manager
Thanks for that. I don’t mind waiting for the sync but am wondering how long it might take to finish? I actually have to go away for work on Tuesday - if it’s not done by then that could be a problem? I can put my laptop to sleep while in transit but will doing that / going offline break the sync and mean I have to start again once I’m set up Tuesday evening?
Also…I’ve found that exodus has the option to import private keys but it asks for them in “WIF” format. Does anyone have any idea what that means? (It won’t accept the format I have on my paper wallet - so I assume it isn’t “WIF”…)
Thanks so much again anyway. This is more of an issue than I’d anticipated when creating the paper wallet…
WIF means “Wallet Import Format” which is a hashed file containing your private keys…like a backup only formatted differently…so you would export your wallet from one place and import it into Exodus…guess they don’t allow importing manually…since Exodus is a HD wallet basically your get a “child” wallet address from their “parent” server"…they do this for people who don’t want to download the entire blockchain…problem is if exodus server ever goes down…all the coins go with it…your better off sticking with core wallets because they are truly decentralized since they are like mini severs
here are all the formats available for storing a private key:
…and the download all depends on your internet connection and your hardware…I have a really slow laptop I downloaded a core wallet to and it took over a week running it all day…and my desktop gaming machine which is ridiculous fast took 2 days at roughly 12 hours per day
In Electrum you can paste the private key in the beginning. When you install it, it will ask you to make new wallet or to restore from seed, select restore from seed and paste the private key there
I really hope there are no coins attached to that key otherwise someone just messed up big time
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