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May 10, 2013, 04:22:27 PM
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'Sup guys,

I'm not very tech savvy, and still kind of strugling with the all the technicalities of bitcoin.

I'm trying to make a paper wallet. I therefore made a 'test' wallet, and send like .001 bitcoin to it. No I want to get it back, but I can't figure out how to do it. Anybody care to explain?

Sorry for the noobishness, and thanks.
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May 10, 2013, 04:24:20 PM
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You could always use your scanner (if you have one) to scan in your paper wallet, then use some sort of character recognition program so you are able to get the private keys.
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May 10, 2013, 04:25:03 PM
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'Sup guys,

I'm not very tech savvy, and still kind of strugling with the all the technicalities of bitcoin.

I'm trying to make a paper wallet. I therefore made a 'test' wallet, and send like .001 bitcoin to it. No I want to get it back, but I can't figure out how to do it. Anybody care to explain?

Sorry for the noobishness, and thanks.

I think there's a full guide right here: https://blockchain.info/wallet/paper-tutorial . How to make one, and how to manage it aswell. It looks like you need a smartphone though..

I've never seen this method before, so this is all the help you'll get from me Wink
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May 10, 2013, 04:42:25 PM
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I have the private key (+the public key) so it shouldn't be as complicated as scanning and stuff. I just need to enter in my private key somewhere, I don't know where though...
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May 10, 2013, 04:45:19 PM
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I have the private key (+the public key) so it shouldn't be as complicated as scanning and stuff. I just need to enter in my private key somewhere, I don't know where though...

You need to use a wallet to import the private key.  How you do so will depend on which wallet you choose.  Here are some to consider:

Armory
Bitcoin-Qt
Electrum
MultiBit
https://blockchain.ingo/wallet

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May 10, 2013, 04:46:56 PM
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I have the private key (+the public key) so it shouldn't be as complicated as scanning and stuff. I just need to enter in my private key somewhere, I don't know where though...

You need to use a wallet to import the private key.  How you do so will depend on which wallet you choose.  Here are some to consider:

Armory
Bitcoin-Qt
Electrum
MultiBit
https://blockchain.ingo/wallet

Can I use QT? I've got QT...
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May 10, 2013, 04:47:37 PM
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I have the private key (+the public key) so it shouldn't be as complicated as scanning and stuff. I just need to enter in my private key somewhere, I don't know where though...

You need to use a wallet to import the private key.  How you do so will depend on which wallet you choose.  Here are some to consider:

Armory
Bitcoin-Qt
Electrum
MultiBit
https://blockchain.ingo/wallet

Can I use QT? I've got QT...

Ah, you actually mentioned QT  Lips sealed

edit: I still can't seem to figure out how, though...  Undecided
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May 10, 2013, 04:50:15 PM
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You can do that via the console. The command to use? Dunno sorry.
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May 10, 2013, 04:56:08 PM
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I have the private key (+the public key) so it shouldn't be as complicated as scanning and stuff. I just need to enter in my private key somewhere, I don't know where though...

You need to use a wallet to import the private key.  How you do so will depend on which wallet you choose.  Here are some to consider:

Armory
Bitcoin-Qt
Electrum
MultiBit
https://blockchain.ingo/wallet

Can I use QT? I've got QT...

Ah, you actually mentioned QT  Lips sealed

edit: I still can't seem to figure out how, though...  Undecided

in the qt client you have to do two things.  Go to Help / Debug Window and click on the Console tab, and type in:

walletpassphrase yourpassphrase 120

to unlock your wallet. Then type in

importprivkey yourprivkeyhere "some name for the key"

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May 10, 2013, 04:56:25 PM
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You can do that via the console. The command to use? Dunno sorry.

IIRC, it should be:

Importprivkey YOUR_KEY_HERE

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May 10, 2013, 05:40:21 PM
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Thanks guys.

However, I've also got a blockchain.info wallet. Would that be easier, perhaps?
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May 10, 2013, 05:46:41 PM
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Thanks guys.

However, I've also got a blockchain.info wallet. Would that be easier, perhaps?

If you would prefer to use that wallet:

Click the "Import/Export" link:

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Then click on "I Understand":

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You can then either type in the private key to import it:

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Or if you printed QR codes when you printed the paper wallet, you can scan them:

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Note, that once you use a private key in a wallet, you should consider it no longer secure.  It would be wise to create a new paper wallet for storage of any funds that you don't spend and send the entire unspent balance to the new paper wallet if you want to keep it for long term storage again.

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May 10, 2013, 07:55:19 PM
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Thanks guys.

However, I've also got a blockchain.info wallet. Would that be easier, perhaps?

If you would prefer to use that wallet:

Click the "Import/Export" link:

Quote


Then click on "I Understand":

Quote


You can then either type in the private key to import it:

Quote


Or if you printed QR codes when you printed the paper wallet, you can scan them:

Quote


Note, that once you use a private key in a wallet, you should consider it no longer secure.  It would be wise to create a new paper wallet for storage of any funds that you don't spend and send the entire unspent balance to the new paper wallet if you want to keep it for long term storage again.

Thanks a lot!
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