Recovering Wallet Passwords and Passphrases
If you’ve lost your wallet password &/or wallet passphrase, whether it’s possible to recover the wallet and its contents depends on several different factors. First of all though for the sake of clarity we need to clear up the differences between a password and a passphrase.
What’s the difference between a wallet password and passphrase?
Lost passphrase recovery
To recover the funds protected by your passphrase you’re going to need to know all of your seed words and the order they are in. This is because your seed words are a representation of your private key, and if the private key is not correct there is no chance of recovering your passphrase protected wallet. So if you’ve got your seed words but lost your passphrase please contact us for assistance.
Lost password recovery
The only time you should need password recovery is if you’ve lost your seed words and are therefore unable to recreate and recover your wallet. To successfully access your wallet we will need to crack the wallet password. The more information you can provide about the password the better. Typically it can take anything from a day to several months to crack a wallet password.
Example Bitcoin recovery
Here’s an example job where we recovered the Bitcoin from a wallet where the owner had forgotten their passphrase.