Paper wallets are typically used for long-term cold storage of your tokens, but what if you need to use the tokens on your paper wallet? This step-by-step tutorial covers how to access your tokens from your paper wallet.
CAUTION: Paper wallets are meant as a one-time-use wallet and cannot be secured by a password, it is strongly suggested that you do not use the same Public Key to receive tokens after using the paper wallet and that you transfer your coins to a secure public address once retrieved.
STEP 1: Retrieve your Paper Wallet
Make sure no one is looking and retrieve your Private Key. The Private Key is the long string of digits that are just below the QR Code under the "Private" section of your paper wallet.
STEP 2: Open Your LODE Desktop Wallet
Open your LODE Desktop Wallet, if you haven't installed one yet, then follow the "LODE Desktop Wallet: Installation" step-by-step article first. Also, make sure that you have followed the procedure showing you "How to encrypt your LODE Desktop Wallet" procedure to make sure your wallet is safe before proceeding.
Go to the "Wallet" menu item and select the "Import Private Key" option.
STEP 3: Enter your Private Key
Under "Enter private key to import:", input the private key you retrieved in STEP 1. And click on the "OK" button.
CAUTION: Similar to most passwords, private keys are case sensitive; make sure to write the exact same code you see on your paper wallet.
STEP 4: Click OK and you are done
You will receive message confirming "Private key imported successfully", now click "OK".
STEP 5: Verify your work
Congratulations! Your private key has now been imported.
If you had AGX on your paper wallet, they should now appear in the "My Tokens" screen of the "Tokens" dropdown option. The Public Key that was shown on your Paper Wallet will now appear in the "Receiving Addresses" of the "Send/Receive" dropdown option.
STEP 6: Secure Your Keys
As your Paper Wallet Private Key does not have an option to set an encrypted password like the LODE Desktop Wallet, the Key you have imported is potentially vulnerable.
1. Transfer your tokens to a new or existing Public Key (one that is different from the one you just imported)
2. Follow the "Always back-up your wallet: Method 1: Simple" Procedure to backup your wallet.
3. Destroy your paper wallet but make sure to verify all the steps you have followed first to make sure your tokens and addresses have already been imported.
Have questions? Take a look at the full list of step-by-step procedures provided for the LODE community.
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