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Introduction

As you may already know your ETH and ERC20-Tokens aren’t stored inside of your wallet but rather inside the Blockchain. Wallets like MyEtherWallet, Metamask, Jaxx […] are just user-interfaces to access the blockchain using your private-key.

For this reason you can export your private-key from a wallet (e.g. Jaxx) and use it to log in to another wallet (e.g. MyEtherWallet).

If you don’t know how to export your private-key I’ve published a guide for ImToken, Jaxx, Eidoo and Parity some time ago:

https://bitcointalk.org/index.php?topic=3057277.msg31485515#msg31485515


In the following guide I’ll show you how to import your wallet to MyEtherWallet or Metamask.

Just in advance: Your private key may be available as one of the following 'formats‘ after exporting:


Private-Key

This is your unencrypted private-key. It’s not very secure to use it for permanent use if you’re planning to continue using MyEtherWallet/Metamask after importing. For more information check the 'Security'-section below.

Recovery phrase

Just like the private-key your recovery-phrase doesn’t require any password and is not recommended for permanent use. For more information check the 'Security'-section below.

Keystore-file

The keystore-file is an encrypted version of your private-key. You assign a password you’ll need it to log in to any wallet. I’d recommend using this method!

Security

Just some small hints about security. As mentioned the private-key and recovery phrase aren’t very secure. I’ve already written two guides about keeping your private-key safe and how to create a keystore-file.

How to create a keystore-file using your private-key/recovery phrase: https://bitcointalk.org/index.php?topic=3014688.msg30996799#msg30996799
General security and keeping your private-key safe: https://bitcointalk.org/index.php?topic=3002655.msg30874759#msg30874759


So let’s begin with the actual guide.



MyEtherWallet

Importing your private-key to MyEtherWallet is really straightforward.

Just visit the official MyEtherWallet-Website (https://www.myetherwallet.com/) and select 'View Wallet Info' in the upper menu. Then select 'Private Key‘, 'Mnemonic Phrase‘ (= Recovery phrase) or 'Keystore / JSON File‘ depending your exported 'format‘ of your private-key. Enter your private-key/recovery phrase or select your keystore-file and enter your password and click on 'Unlock‘.

Congratulations – you’re logged in.




MetaMask

To import an existing 'wallet‘ to MetaMask you’ll first have to create a new account (just follow the instructions given by MetaMask).

Recovery phrase

Navigate to the three 'stacked lines‘ in the upper right and select 'Log Out‘.




After that click on 'Restore from seed phrase‘ below the login-button.




Enter your recovery-phrase, select a new password (don’t forget it) and click 'OK‘.

Private-Key/Keystore-file

Navigate to the icon next to the three 'stacked lines‘ in the upper right and select 'Import Account‘.




Select 'Private Key‘ or 'JSON File‘ (= Keystore-file) from the dropdown-menu and enter your private key into the textbox or select your keystore-file, enter your password and click 'IMPORT‘.



I hope this guide was helpful. If there are any questions, feel free to ask!

Best Regards,

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March 14, 2018, 07:28:39 PM
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More guides:


MyEtherWallet/Metamask

[GUIDE] Exporting your private-key from ImToken, Jaxx, Eidoo and Parity

[GUIDE] Creating a (new) keystore-file using your private-key

SECURITY

[SECURITY] How to protect your wallets and private keys

[SECURITY] Running MyEtherWallet locally

[Guide] MyEtherWallet Offline Transactions

[SECURITY] Generate your secure IOTA-Seed without using insecure online-generators
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How many wallets can I import to metamask? i'm having difficulty lately wherein the past wallet address i've been importing doesnt stay within my metamask. so i ended up importing everytime i want to access my wallet.  please help
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I have a question, there are so much more ether wallets out there and I would like to know if this works with other ether wallets because I don't use metamask nor myetherwallet. I would like a way to know how to properly secure all of my wallets that I have my tokens incase there is a DNS hack like the one that happened back last month with myethertwallet where people lost their coins.



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June 23, 2018, 12:10:18 PM
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How many wallets can I import to metamask? i'm having difficulty lately wherein the past wallet address i've been importing doesnt stay within my metamask. so i ended up importing everytime i want to access my wallet.  please help

Hi,

To be honest: I don't know the answer. Maybe a re-install will help? Maybe someone else got an answer to that Smiley


I have a question, there are so much more ether wallets out there and I would like to know if this works with other ether wallets because I don't use metamask nor myetherwallet. I would like a way to know how to properly secure all of my wallets that I have my tokens incase there is a DNS hack like the one that happened back last month with myethertwallet where people lost their coins.

Hm, in General you'll have to export your private key and import it to the other 'wallet' (=user-interface).
The method of doing so may differ from wallet to wallet.

By the way I'd suggest checking out this guide on how to do offline-transactions using MEW:
https://bitcointalk.org/index.php?topic=4500372.0

Thats the highest security you can get without using a hardware-wallet.
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