In this article, we’ll be sharing how to export your wallet’s private key!
Avoid Crypto Scams
Here at Rainbow, one of our goals is to make exploring the new world of Ethereum fun, friendly, and safe. You know what's not any of those things? Scams. They're mean, and no one likes them. We want to help you avoid them, so we wrote this brief guide to help you do exactly that!
Protect Your Wallet
One of the best parts of having an Ethereum wallet like Rainbow is that you are in total control of your money. Unlike a bank account from Wells Fargo or a crypto exchange like Coinbase, we do not hold your assets on your behalf. Instead, your money is actually yours thanks to the power of cryptography. You can do whatever you want with it, whenever you want. No one is standing in your way!
Private Key vs. Secret Phrase:
Before we get started, you may be wondering what the difference is between your wallet’s secret phrase and your wallet’s private key.
Your secret phrase and private key are actually quite similar. Both are used as a means for full access/control of your wallet(s). Each time you create a wallet, you generate not only a unique public wallet address, you generate both a private key and secret phrase.
The major difference (and possibly why you’re here!) is that your private key is associated with one wallet related to all the addresses that would be associated with your secret phrase. Take a couple steps back, Rainbow creates “HD Wallets” which stands for hierarchical deterministic wallet. Your wallet has a cryptographic secret phrase that can be used to generate a primary wallet and an infinite number of sub-wallets.
If you were take the secret phrase, and import it, it would only import wallet A. In order to import wallet B, you’d need to export the private key.
You're able to get the specific private key of each address by accessing your Wallet Diagnostics page:
Step 1: Head to your settings page
Step 2: You’ll want to tap 15 times on the version number that appears at the bottom.
Step 3: In order to copy the private key from the specific address you're looking for, you'll want to make sure you're looking at the wallet address under the Type: privateKey and then click Copy.
Whether you’ve done a restore from your secret phrase or deleted a sub-wallet and are looking to have that sub-wallet re-added, this guide is for you! Here, we’ll help you restore those sub-wallets in Rainbow.