Your private keys are essentially the keys to your funds, anybody who knows your private keys will have unrestricted access to any balances held in your addresses. Because of this, it’s important to keep these keys private, whilst ensuring that you always have access to them by keeping a backup.
There are several reasons why you might want to export your private keys, the most common of which is because you intend to switch to a new wallet client, and want to import your old Bitcoin addresses, and any balances they contain. Similarly, you might want to export your Bitcoin private keys just to keep an offline backup, ensuring you can recover your funds should anything happen to your current wallet, if you forget your Exodus password or your hard drive fails.
Although most beginners will not need to access their private keys on a regular basis, it is good practice to always keep a backup in a secure location, as you never know when you might need them.
If you haven’t already done so, follow our simple guide below to backup your Exodus private keys, this process should be repeated for any wallets you have used, or will use in future.
How to Export Your Private Keys
Step 1: Load up Exodus, and unlock your wallet by entering your password (if enabled). After unlocking your wallet, you should be automatically directed to the ‘Portfolio’ screen.
Step 2: Once Exodus is unlocked, you will need to navigate to the wallet you want to export the private keys for by selecting the Wallet option on the left. Here, you will find a search bar at the top, which you can use to search for the wallet you wish to access.
Step 3: Type the name of your desired wallet into the search bar, and select the correct option from the list below. In this example, we have typed in ‘Bitcoin’, which automatically retrieved all wallets with ‘Bitcoin’ in the name. Since we are looking to export our Bitcoin (BTC) private keys, we have selected this wallet.
Step 4: Once you have loaded the correct wallet, you will need to click the three dots in the top right corner of the screen to bring up the additional options.
Step 5: After loading the additional options, select the ‘View Private Keys’ option. Exodus should then warn you about the safety of viewing your private keys.
Step 6: Read through the warning provided. If you are happy to continue viewing your private keys, click the ‘Yes, I’m sure’. After this, Exodus will prompt you to unlock your wallet if you have password protected enabled. Simply enter your password, and click the ‘UNLOCK NOW’ button to pull up your private keys.
Step 7: After unlocking your wallet, the private key for each of your addresses will be displayed. Here, you will be able to copy these for later use, and can double check the balance associated with each of your addresses. When backing up your private keys, we recommend writing these down on paper and storing them in a safe place, as this will be safer than storing them on your device.
Finished backing up your private keys? Why not sweep your wallets to see if there’s any lost funds?