Did you get a paper wallet at one of our bitcoin ATMs?

In order to spend those funds you'll need to import the private key into a bitcoin wallet on your smartphone, tablet or computer.

We've put together a couple of guides to walk you through the process. Before we dive in, you'll need to download a bitcoin wallet from the App Store on your phone or tabletWe recommend using one of the following wallets for this process:

 

If you don't have a smartphone please see the web wallet import tutorial

If you're looking to move funds off of a cold storage paper wallet, check out our guide to Importing BIP 38 paper wallets.

bitcoin paper wallet import tutorial

 

Paper wallets are a simple way to protect your bitcoin from online threats, like hackers, spyware, and keyloggers. But when it's time to spend your coins, you'll need to bring the keys back online. We've put together guides for a couple of popular wallets to walk you through the process of importing private keys from paper. 

 

Importing a paper wallet into the Blockchain wallet

First, download and setup the Blockchain wallet on your phone.

Android App on Google Play

iOS App in the App Store

Then, follow these simple steps...

 
Step 1: Open the main menu
Step 1: Open the main menu
Step 2: Click on "Addresses"
Step 2: Click "Addresses"
Step 3: 
Step 3: Press the + icon 
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Step 4: Scan the private key from your paper wallet. (tip: cover the public key with your hand).
Step 5: Let it do its thing
Step 5: Let it do its thing
Step 6: Success!
Done and done!
 

Importing a paper wallet into Airbitz

First, download and install Airbitz from the App Store.

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Importing a paper wallet into Mycelium

First, download and setup the Mycelium app from your app store.

Step 1: Press "Cold Storage"
Step 2: Scan bottom QR code from the paper wallet
Step 3: Give it a few seconds... and you're done.

Importing a bip38 paper wallet

 

BIP 0038, that is Bitcoin Improvement Protocol 38, is a specification that allows private keys to be encrypted with a password. It is particularly useful for printing paper wallets, because anyone who stumbles on a BIP38 paper wallet also needs the password in order to spend from it.

Not all wallets support importing BIP38 private keys. Here's a couple that do:

  • blockchain.info for iOS and Android
  • Bread Wallet for iOS

You don't need to use these as your primary wallet, but they are useful to have around. 

 

Importing a BIP38 paper wallet into Blockchain.info for iOS

 
 
Step 1 - Open wallet application

Step 1 - Open wallet application

Step 2 - Navigate to the "incoming" transaction page. 

Step 2 - Navigate to the "incoming" transaction page. 

Step 3 - Select Scan Private Key,

Step 3 - Select Scan Private Key,

Step 4 - Enter password.

Step 4 - Enter password.

Step 5 - Your wallet will perform the private key decryption.

Step 5 - Your wallet will perform the private key decryption.

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Importing a bip0038 private key into bread wallet

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