Bitcoin paper wallets are a great, simple, and secure method to store your precious bitcoins. While creating and using a paper wallet may be simple, much confusion still stands behind the how. Today I’m going to show you how to create a bitcoin paper wallet, and explain how they work. But first, let’s see the positive and negative sides of a paper wallet:
What you will need:
Optional, but suggested:
Please note that an asterisk (*) next to a step denotes that the step is optional. For this tutorial we will assume that you have already created a bitcoin wallet and have bitcoins already in it. If you need a bitcoin wallet, learn how to make one at Bitcoin.org.
Note: a QR code reader application is generally not required for using a paper wallet (in most cases, and in the method used in this tutorial). The deposit address and private key are often written on the wallet.
1. Go to bitaddress.org, and either type into the box or move your mouse around the screen. This generates randomness to ensure that you’re getting a different wallet from everyone else using the site. Click on ‘Paper Wallet’ and use these settings:
2. Click on the ‘Print’ button in the top right. If you don’t see this button, just print the entire page.
3.* Cut out the white, non-used part of the wallet.
4.* Download a QR code scanner on your mobile device. I used RedLaser.
5.* Scan the QR code above the ‘Load & Verify’ text (if you have art turned off, scan the QR code on the left). This is your deposit address to store the bitcoins in the wallet. I highly suggest you copy this address and send it to yourself via email, to ensure you don’t make a mistake while typing it in. There is no worry about security in this step; your wallet address can be accessed by anyone and coins cannot be stolen from you by just giving your wallet address. Send however many bitcoins you want to this address from a wallet you own that already has bitcoins stored. Your bitcoins are now stored in the paper wallet!
6.* Write how many bitcoins you’ve stored in the wallet in the bottom middle of the wallet, next to the ‘Amount:’ text.
7.* Hide your paper wallet in a secure place, but make sure that the QR code can’t be damaged.
So, you’ve hidden away the bitcoins and you want to be able to actually use your bitcoins stored in the paper wallet. If you did check off ‘BIP38’ in step 1, head over to the ‘If you included BIP38’ section below. If you didn’t include BIP38, find your way to the ‘If you didn’t include BIP38’ section.
8. Scan the code on the right side of your bitcoin paper wallet, above the “Spend” text. Go back to bitaddress.org and go to the ‘Wallet Details’ tab. Enter the code you received from scanning, making sure not to make any misteaks. Enter your password when you’re requested to and voila, you have your private key!
9.Import the private key into whichever wallet you’re using. Each wallet contains different methods for importing private keys. If you don’t know how to import your private key, google “import bitcoin private key (your wallet program’s name here)”. Good luck!
8. Scan the code on the right side of your bitcoin paper wallet, above the “Spend” text. This is your private key.
9. Import the private key into whichever wallet you’re using. Each wallet contains different methods for importing private keys. If you don’t know how to import your private key, google “import bitcoin private key (your wallet program’s name here)”. Good luck!
I hope this tutorial was both informative and helpful! If you have any questions, please don’t hesitate to leave a comment below or email me at JonathanSaewitz16@students.lmsd.org.
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Last modified (UTC): April 22, 2014 02:26