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February 12, 2020, 02:03:49 PM
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I have an Electrum wallet on my PC with a small amount of BTC available. I'd like to install the Android version on my phone so that I can access the same BTC from either wallet, but am wondering how to go about this in the correct way. A few questions occur to me:

- should I create a new 'standard' wallet using the same seed as the original?
- alternatively, should I be exporting, then importing, addresses/keys?
- can/should the wallet have the same name, or doesn't it matter?
- are there issues re syncing?

Sorry to be asking such dumb questions, but if someone could point me to a step by step guide, then it would be a great help - I surely can't be the only one...;-)
Many thanks for any clues.
John
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February 12, 2020, 02:08:45 PM
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You don’t create a new standard wallet. You just restore it from your seed in the app and the wallet will be the same.

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February 12, 2020, 02:28:27 PM
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No question is stupid, especially when it comes to extremely sensitive things like these.

The process of creating an identical wallet on another device is quite simple, all you need is your seed and to follow few simple steps. If you create standard wallet on your Electrum desktop, then you will use that option on Electrum Android, and then you will select option that you have seed and enter seed words.

Since your seed is generated from Electrum, next step should not be important for you - but in link I post you can see the whole process step by step. If you don't understand something or have any doubts, feel free to ask a question.

https://bitcoinelectrum.com/restoring-your-standard-wallet-from-seed/

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February 12, 2020, 03:18:30 PM
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@Lucius and @TryNinja
Many thanks both and that seems to have done the job - yay!

I'm going to put in a good word for the University of Cyprus who have been running a series of MOOCs in Cryptocurrency. I'm trying to work my way through one at the moment. I guess I'm learning a lot, but also learning how much I don't know...
...hence my cautious question to this forum as it's so easy to make a major, ahem, blunder!

Thanks again for your help.
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February 13, 2020, 01:00:24 PM
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Take note the label (which used to label your address/transaction) can't be synced across devices, you need to do it manually.

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February 13, 2020, 08:18:46 PM
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@Lucius and @TryNinja
Many thanks both and that seems to have done the job - yay!

I'm going to put in a good word for the University of Cyprus who have been running a series of MOOCs in Cryptocurrency. I'm trying to work my way through one at the moment. I guess I'm learning a lot, but also learning how much I don't know...
...hence my cautious question to this forum as it's so easy to make a major, ahem, blunder!

Thanks again for your help.

Since you are learning I suggest creating a watch only wallet on your phone using your PC wallet's master public key which you can get via wallet > information > click on QR code icon in the bottom right. Then on android go to standard wallet > use master key > scan the QR code and voila! You now have a read only wallet that you can use to receive bitcoins and keep track of transactions but not spend the coins. This way the risk that comes from having your seed on multiple devices is eliminated.
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