Just got a new phone? Thinking of upgrading from an old device? We’re here to help make sure your Rainbow information is securely and easily transferred to your new device!
In this article, we’ll break down the steps to take before swapping phones.
Before we get into the nitty gritty, it’s worth re-explaining what kind of wallet Rainbow is and your responsibility in making sure all of your wallet bases are covered.
Rainbow is a fully non-custodial wallet, meaning, we never have access to your keys and therefore can't assist with recovery should you lose your secret phrase and not have backed up using our iCloud or Google Drive features. Keeping your wallet secure is a key step in wallet ownership and vital to the web3 space.
Write down your secret phrase:
When you initially created a wallet with Rainbow, you automatically generated your secret phrase. Your secret phrase (the 12 words) is the password to your wallet, you can access it again by going to Settings -> Backup!
Before swapping phones and wiping the data on the current device, you’ll want to separately (and securely) write down your secret phrase and store it manually in a safe location. While Rainbow has the option to back up using iCloud or Google Drive, it’s always a recommended route to separately have your secret phrase accessible.
Backing up on iCloud or Google Drive:
In addition to writing your secret phrase, you’ll also want to confirm your wallet(s) is fully backed up using either iCloud or Google Drive depending on your device. Your wallet is fully backed up only if there is a green checkmark next to your wallets via the backup screen ✅
You can double check your backups by heading to Settings → Backup → Double checking green checkmark(s):
Rainbow on your new device:
Once you have your information secure and confirmed, you’ll then be able to add those details to your new device once Rainbow is downloaded!
- You can import using your secret phrase:
Add an Existing ETH Wallet
One of the big differences between Web3 and the traditional internet is that you actually own and control your own stuff. Your wallet is your "account" and you can instantly move it someplace else using its secret phrase (or private key).
- You can restore from iCloud/Google Drive:
Restore from a Backup
When you create a wallet within Rainbow, you are prompted to back it up using either our Backup feature or by writing down its secret phrase. If you chose Backup, it is super easy to recover your wallet from it!
No Restore from iCloud/Google Drive option?
If you’re looking to restore your backup but don’t see the option on your newest device, it’s worth triple confirming that you created the backup on your original device. Before swapping phones, you’ll want to circle back on those green checkmarks and verify the backups were made.
The Importance of Backups
Keeping your wallet safe, secure, and backed up is essential to wallet ownership. Here we'll chat about why it's important to backup your wallet and the different methods that you can backup with. We covered in our Get Started with Rainbow article the beginning setup of backing up your wallet.
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.
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.