How do I manage Imported Addresses?

If you go to Settings > Wallets & Addresses and scroll down to the bottom, you’ll see all of your Imported Bitcoin Addresses. Importing addresses is an advanced wallet feature. We recommend having an excellent understanding of bitcoin address generation and private keys before importing addresses. Please note that your 12-word recovery phrase (also called the backup phrase) does not back up imported addresses. If you lose access to your wallet, and use your backup phrase to restore your funds, your imported addresses will not be recovered. For this reason, we recommend transferring any positive balances on any imported addresses to your main wallet.

If an imported address has no label, that means it’s spendable. In other words, you’ve imported the address’ private key and you can send or transfer the funds on that address. On the other hand, seeing the label Non-Spendable means you’ve imported that address without its private key. In order to spend from Non-Spendable addresses, you need to make sure you have the private key.

Imported addresses are, as their name suggests, generated elsewhere using an entirely different wallet or platform. This could mean they originate from other software wallets, paper wallets, hardware wallets, or independent bitcoin address generation software. This is why your Blockchain wallet will have no way of knowing or finding the private key of a Non-Spendable address. Since your wallet does not know the address’ private key and considers the funds to be unusable, any balance present on a Non-Spendable imported address will not be included in the total wallet balance.

You will only be able to spend the funds on an imported address if:

  • You imported the address with its private key, or
  • You imported a Non-Spendable public address but you have its private key stored elsewhere

The Blockchain wallet is non-custodial, which means we never store or have access to your wallet’s private keys. We have no way of recovering or finding private keys of Non-Spendable imported addresses.

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