The following instructions are for the command line wallet. If you are using the GUI wallet, all you will have to do is to click the “Restore wallet from 25-word mnemonic seed” button that will be displayed when the wallet application starts.
Your 25 Monero wallet seed will be told to you when you create a brand new wallet.
It’s extremely important to remember that if you ever forget your seed, but you still have the wallet on your computer, you can ask the wallet to tell you the seed.
Remember to keep your seed as safe as possible and never share it with others, unless you completely trust them and you want them to have access to you Monero wallet. Because, as we kept repeating this to you, anyone who discovers your seed will obtain full access to your Monero wallet.
Restoring your wallet from your 25-word seed
The instructions for being able to regain your Monero wallet from your 25-word seed are approximately the same ones like the ones presented in the tutorial for creating a command line wallet.
You have to follow the same instructions which we will list again below, but there is one important exception. When it’s time to run monero-wallet-cli or monero-wallet-cli.exe on Windows), add the –restore-deterministic-wallet option. Other than this, everything has to be done exactly the same as below:
- Download the Linux 64-bit command line client and extract it:
tar jxvf linux64
- Download the Mac command line client and extract it:
tar jxvf mac64
- Now, you have to create a new folder with Windows File Explorer, and download this file to the new folder:
- Double click the Monero zip file that was downloaded on your system in order to extract it.
- Now open Command Prompt and the ‘cd’ command to navigate to your new folder:
Running the Monero Daemon
The Monero daemon will sync with the network and display the message “You are now synchronized with the network. You may now start monero-wallet-cli” when it is completely updated with the network.
For Linux and Mac:
The Monero Daemon will monitor the network for new transactions.
You will have to open a new terminal window and run the Monero command line wallet, which will communicate with the Monero Daemon that you’ve just started.
For Mac and Linux:
You will have to follow the instructions that are displayed in order to create a new wallet. When you are told the 25-word seed, you will have to write it down and keep it as safe as possible.
After you have a fully functional wallet, you will have access to your Monero.
Here’s a tip: you can copy and paste the seed, or you can type it in manually but to speed up the process, don’t type the entire words; type only the three letters of each word in the seed in order to save time.