How do I backup my wallet and how do I recover the wallet?

How do I backup my wallet?


There are two ways to do it: by a backup file wallet.dat and by a private key.
For the first one you basically need only to copy the file and save it in a safe place, and for the second one you will need to enter some commands in the Console inside your wallet.
However, private key will help you to restore your coins even if you do not have a wallet.dat saved.
So we would recommend to process both options for better security of your wallet and the coins.

OPTION 1. Wallet.dat
Main backup file for the wallet is called wallet.dat.
It is created automatically once you download, install and open the wallet for the first time - you then have one unlabeled address generated by the wallet by default.
This wallet.dat is stored in the wallet's system folder which may vary depending on your operating system:

C:/Users/User Name/Application Data/Roaming/Minexcoin - for Windows systems ( Note: a hidden folder, to make it visible you need to tick a Hidden Items box in View tab of your Explorer)

/home/.Minexcoin - for Linux systems ( Note: a hidden folder, to make it visible press Ctrl + H)

/Users/XXXXX/Library/Application Support/Minexcoin - for Mac OS systems ( Note: a hidden folder, to make is visible try this video guide)

However you can create another copy of your backup file for additional security. This file can be saved at any location you feel to be safe. We highly recommend saving it at outside the computer, USB, for example.

To make a backup of the wallet you need to:

1.Go to menu File.

2. Choose Back up Wallet.

3. Choose folder to save the backup to. We strongly recommend to save backup file to a safe location, for example, USB.

4. Press Save.

You can also copy the file from the wallet system folder to some safe location, for example, to USB.

NOTE: Please do not rename wallet.dat file, otherwise the wallet would not see the balance.


OPTION 2. Private Key

To generate a private key please use the following guide:

  1. Go to menu Help - Debug Window - Console
  2. Enter text:

    dumpprivkey YYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYY

    where

    dumpprivkey - a command
    YYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYY - address you generate the private key for

We strongly recommend you to save your private key in text document outside computer, at a USB, for example, or, even better, handwritten in a safe place.

NOTE: If your wallet is encrypted, you will need to unlock it first by entering the passphrase and the time you want to unlock it for.

To unlock the wallet you should do the following:

Go to menu Help - Debug Window - Console

Enter the following text:

walletpassphrase XXXXXXXXXXXXXX 60

where


walletpassphrase - a command
XXXXXXXXXXXXXX - your passphrase
60 - time in seconds to unlock the wallet for

If you entered the command correctly, you will see the wallet’s response “ null” and will be granted access for work.



How do I recover the wallet?

Since we have two options to backup the wallet, we also have two options of recovering it accordingly.

OPTION 1. Recovery with a Wallet.dat file

To recover the wallet with a backup file you should download a new wallet from our web-site https://minexcoin.com, install it and put your previously saved wallet.dat file to the folder

C:/Users/User Name/Application Data/Roaming/Minexcoin - for Windows systems ( Note: a hidden folder, to make it visible you need to tick a Hidden Items box in View tab of your Explorer)

/home/.Minexcoin - for Linux systems ( Note: a hidden folder, to make it visible press Ctrl + H)

/Users/XXXXX/Library/Application Support/Minexcoin - for Mac OS systems ( Note: a hidden folder, to make is visible try this video guide)


OPTION 2. Recovery with a Private Key

To recover the wallet with your previously generated private key you should import it to the wallet. Please use the guide below:

  1. Go to menu Help - Debug Window - Console
  2. Enter text: importprivkey QQQQQQQQQQQQQQQQQQQQQQQQQQQQ

    where

    importprivkey - a command

    QQQQQQQQQQQQQQQQQQQQQQQQQQQQ - the private key you have generated for the necessary address


NOTE
: If your wallet is encrypted, you will need to unlock it first by entering the passphrase and the time you want to unlock it for.

To unlock the wallet you should do the following:

Go to menu Help - Debug Window - Console

Enter the following text:

walletpassphrase XXXXXXXXXXXXXX 60

where


walletpassphrase - a command
XXXXXXXXXXXXXX - your passphrase
60 - time in seconds to unlock the wallet for

If you entered the command correctly, you will see the wallet’s response “ null” and will be granted access for work.


NOTE:  If user has lost access to his/her coins as a result of damage or loss of the computer and he/she does not have saved backup files or private keys from the wallet, we will not be able to recover the wallet and the access to the coins.
We are not responsible for your own actions at your own devices.


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