Displaying and Exporting Your Private Key

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DO NOT SHARE your private key with anyone, including Phantom staff. Practice caution whenever you need to use your private key to import your account, and always verify the legitimacy of the application where you plan to enter your private key! If anyone gains access to your private key, your wallet will be compromised and you will not be able to prevent them from accessing your funds.

In this section, you will learn how to view and export your private key securely. Before proceeding, you will encounter security warnings and be asked to confirm that you will not share your private key with anyone.

Your private key is stored locally on your device in a secure “vault” file. To access this file, you will need to use your password or biometrics to unlock it.

Steps to export private keys from the browser extension:

  1. Navigate to your account settings.
  2. Find the customization or ‘edit’ section by clicking or tapping the pencil icon.
  3. Select “Show Private Key” to reveal your key.

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After you confirm the message "I will not share.." you will be able to click Next and view your Private  key.

Steps to export private keys from the mobile app:

  1. Select the wallet name at the top of the app to view your wallets in your current account
  2. Select the pencil icon of the wallet in which you wish to view/export the private key from
  3. Select 'Show Private Key' and take note of the security message pop-up
  4. Select the network you wish to view the private key for

Again, before you can see it, you will be prompted with some security disclaimers and asked to confirm you will not share this with anyone.  Once it is confirmed you will be able to view and export the private.

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NOTE: Your private keys are only accessible by the original owner.  If they are lost there is nothing that the Phantom team can do to help you recover the wallet. 

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