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February 06, 2020, 07:13:08 PM
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Hi,

 
By accident i put most of my BTC on my Electrum BTC wallet but its on " Watching Only". Wich mean that i can only send bitcoin to  this wallet but no spend BTC FROM this wallet.

I looked on the internet if their was of chance for me to send my BTC to an another electrum wallet or walletBTC.COM but i literaly coulnd't find anything to help me out.

Is there a way for me to get those BTC back by anymeans to another wallet or are they stuck in this wallet forever ?

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February 06, 2020, 08:26:24 PM
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I know the feeling...

have a look into the thread I initiated on the same subject

https://bitcointalk.org/index.php?topic=5211785.msg53482701#msg53482701

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February 07, 2020, 11:58:56 AM
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To spend from a watch only wallet you need to have access to either the associated private keys or the seed phrase which goes with the addresses you are watching.

The only way to create a watch only wallet on Electrum is to import either individual addresses or a master public key to it. Where did the addresses/public key you imported come from? Are they from another wallet you control? Did someone give them to you?

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February 07, 2020, 04:06:38 PM
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The fact is that I dont have or lost many other the seed neither the private key. Or My seed are lost in my full docs.

The things is that accidently made my wallet into a "watching only" by accident. I used a cryptomixer site to mixe my bitcoin. They gave me the adress to send the btc so they can be mixed then i receveid the mixed on the "watching only" wallet on the adress that i gave the cryptomix site.( criptomixer.bz)µ

Since then i dont have any private key on  the watching only wallet and i cant enter any seed oridk how to do it.


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February 07, 2020, 05:02:06 PM
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The fact is that I dont have or lost many other the seed neither the private key. Or My seed are lost in my full docs.
You haven't answered my question. When you create a watch only wallet you have to input either an address or a master public key (most probably it was an address). Where did you get this address from? Did you generate it yourself in another wallet?

If you don't have your private key or your seed there is nothing you or anybody else can do and your bitcoin is lost forever. You should search thoroughly in your "docs".

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February 07, 2020, 08:53:52 PM
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criptomixer.bz

Where did you get this website?

It's not the cryptomixer site this is the right URL https://cryptomixer.io/ and here is the announcement thread https://bitcointalk.org/index.php?topic=1484009.0

If you don't have the seed or private key your bitcoin is lost forever. There's no way to retrieve them back it is not the same as PayPal.

What I see here is you are trying to promote a fake cryptomixer?

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February 07, 2020, 09:45:51 PM
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The things is that accidently made my wallet into a "watching only" by accident.

There is no way to accidentally make a watch only wallet.
A watch only walley is a wallet which you inserted only your public addresses or public key, which are the information you need to receive coins.

If you had the private keys, the information need o spend coins, you would have created a normal wallet.

You were scammed by that mixer probably,  which gave you  only the public keys information.

You can check your  email again and see if they gave you the private keys as well. If that's the case you can retrieve your funds. If you don't have the private keys, your money is lost forever.

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February 07, 2020, 10:38:28 PM
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I think the private key i used if the one that i took from another wallet so can move my BTC. The thing is that i cant put a seed or a private key on my watching olny wallet. I don't know where i can put these to takeback my wallet or at least make it a standard wallet.

I dont try to promote anything i'm just new to the btc, but i acutally think i go scammed. Yeah i knowthe URL of the cryptomixer site looked weird but at this point i wasnt paying very much attention to that.

Now i'm stuck with my watching only wallet where i cant do anything with it because i can enter any private key or seed or smth, i don't know what to do:/
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February 07, 2020, 11:06:05 PM
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If you have the private key or seed, you can create a new wallet with that private key or seed. Once you do this, you can spend your coin.


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February 08, 2020, 02:22:20 AM
Last edit: February 08, 2020, 02:50:23 AM by nc50lc
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I think the private key i used if the one that i took from another wallet so can move my BTC. The thing is that i cant put a seed or a private key on my watching olny wallet. I don't know where i can put these to takeback my wallet or at least make it a standard wallet.

I dont try to promote anything i'm just new to the btc, but i acutally think i go scammed. Yeah i knowthe URL of the cryptomixer site looked weird but at this point i wasnt paying very much attention to that.
There's no scam happened based from your replies, if it is a scam then the bitcoins shouldn't be sent to your watch-only in the first place.

You can create another Electrum wallet by clicking "File->New/Restore" and make an "imported wallet" using that private key that you believe where the address from your watch-only wallet came from.
When creating a wallet, select: 'Import Bitcoin addresses or private keys' then paste the private key (click "info" to know what to add based from the address type).
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This sounds like an improvised scenario due to the inconsistencies (you're scammed, but received the funds), please clear this up.
Take note: Electrum developers don't have access to stored funds and wont be able to directly help recover lost funds.

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February 08, 2020, 03:30:01 AM
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I think i definitly lost my private key but still have all my seed safe (i think). But when i try  to put a seedon the watchingonly wallet, i i simply cant clic, cant clic on "seed" right under "password", like anyother optinon, the case is grey.

I saw a comment saying that i could create an imported wallet with the seed but it creates a "watchingonly" wallet and i cant even find the key to restore the wallet so i dont really know.

How do you creater an "importer wallet", i cant find the selection in option to create one.

Thanks anyway for they even if im still stuck.:/
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February 08, 2020, 03:46:17 AM
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I saw a comment saying that i could create an imported wallet with the seed but it creates a "watchingonly" wallet and i cant even find the key to restore the wallet so i dont really know.

"seed" is a set of words that look like this (from BIP-39 test vectors):
Code:
legal winner thank year wave sausage worth useful legal winner thank yellow
if you have a similar thing and use that, you shouldn't get a watch only wallet. if you are entering something and end up with that, then that thing is NOT a seed phrase.

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February 08, 2020, 07:18:48 AM
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I saw a comment saying that i could create an imported wallet with the seed but it creates a "watchingonly" wallet and i cant even find the key to restore the wallet so i dont really know.
Ignore it. Click on file - - - - > New/Restore - - - > any name - - - > - - > standard wallet - - - - > I already have a seed - - > enter your seed.

If all the words are correct then you will be able to continue. else check all the words.

How did you create a watch only wallet?
Verify you have downloaded the wallet from the correct link (electrum.org.  Verify signature) and that it is updated with the latest version.


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February 08, 2020, 09:23:54 AM
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I think the private key i used if the one that i took from another wallet so can move my BTC.
If you still have the other wallet, then just open it and use it. Private keys can be in multiple wallets at once. Just because you can see your funds in Electrum doesn't mean they aren't accessible from elsewhere.

but still have all my seed safe (i think).
Your watch only wallet will forever be a watch only wallet - you can't enter a private key or seed phrase in to. You need to create a brand new wallet from scratch and import either a private key or a seed phrase to create a spending wallet for the same funds. Follow the instructions above from nc50lc to import a private key to a new wallet, or the ones from hugeblack to import a seed phrase to a new wallet.

Don't post your seed or private key here.

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February 10, 2020, 11:29:18 PM
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Sadly i still havethe problem. I dont think i'ill find the seed of the watching only wallet. Can take a old wallet and sent it to or is that impossible ? When itry to se,d BTC from the wallet, i can select preview but not sign or broadcast. Why is that?
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Sadly i still havethe problem. I dont think i'ill find the seed of the watching only wallet. Can take a old wallet and sent it to or is that impossible ?
If you have the original wallet file, that contains the private keys for the address(es) you have received BTC to, then you will be able to send using that wallet file.

Again, if you DO NOT have the private key(s) or a way to recover the private key(s) for instance, by restoring using the seed mnemonic (aka 12 words) or by using a version of the wallet file that has the private keys in it... then you will NOT be able to access those BTC.


When itry to se,d BTC from the wallet, i can select preview but not sign or broadcast. Why is that?
Because you don't have the private keys in the wallet to be able to sign the transaction (and you cannot broadcast an un-signed transaction). Roll Eyes

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February 12, 2020, 04:26:20 PM
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I managed to find the private key i used to import the money to the "Wacthingonly" wallet but i need all the private key no ? I can"t move the money from the wacthing only at all.

If i can't i guess will give up my wallet.
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February 12, 2020, 04:34:27 PM
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Please read the replies above.

A watch only wallet will always be a watch only wallet. You will never be able to spend funds from a watch only wallet.

If you have found the private key, then you need to create a new wallet, import your private key, and then spend the funds from that new wallet.

Open Electrum, type a new wallet name in the box and click next, select "Import Bitcoin address or private keys", paste your private key in the box, and click next.

Your private key will need to be in WIF format (starting with a 5), and this is assuming your address is in legacy format (starting with a 1). If this isn't the case, let me know and I can talk you through those steps too.

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February 12, 2020, 04:48:18 PM
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I managed to find the private key i used to import the money to the "Wacthingonly" wallet but i need all the private key no ? I can"t move the money from the wacthing only at all.
What you used for creating a watch-only wallet was not a private key.
For creating a watch-only wallet, the only thing you need is public key.
How did you get that address?

If you have only a public key, you can do nothing.
If you have the private key, as o_e_l_e_o said, create a new wallet, select "Import bitcoin address or private keys" and then enter your private key.

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February 13, 2020, 12:55:11 AM
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In fact, the key i found is the one that has been used to send to BTC to the "watching only" wallet and it's not a private one like i though.

After looking up all my wallet, i couldn't find the one that I used to send the BTC the wallet. Is there a way that with the public key i have from the transaction or the adress that the BTC got sent to to recover something ?
Or at least get find something that could help me.


Even though i know read the informations you gave me and i thank you all for that but i dont think i will ever seen these BTC again.
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