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Vault12 Guides

How to set up a Digital Vault.

How to get the Vault12 app, create your own Digital Vault, and assign trusted Guardians to guard your Vault.

Vault12 is a simple but powerful approach for protecting all of your digital assets including cryptocurrencies, non-fungible tokens (NFTs), documents, trade secrets, IDs, medical records, audio, and video or anything in digital form.

This guide will take you through the following steps to help you set up your Digital Vault:

  1. Download and install the Vault12 app.
  2. Configure the Vault.
  3. Assign Guardians.

To see how easy Vault12 is to set up and use, watch this video overview.




Download and Install

To download the Vault12 app, visit the Vault12 website or from your mobile device, open the Google Play Store or the Apple App Store and search for "Vault12," or click one of these links:


To make sure you are downloading the correct app - the Developer should be listed as "Vault12, Inc."

Vault12 app in store

Download and install app

Configure your Vault

Once your app has successfully been installed, click on the icon and click the "Get Started" button.

You have several options: Create a new Vault, Join someone else's Vault as a Guardian, or Restore a Vault.

To carry on and create a Vault, choose the first option. You will be presented with the "Terms of Service," and asked to enable access to Contacts and Notifications.

  • Access to Contacts is used to help you select trusted people as Guardians. No Contact information is stored on Vault12 servers - only on the selected, trusted devices.
  • Notifications are required so that you know when Guardians have responded to your future requests.

Let's get started

Create a new Vault

Now you will be asked to configure your Vault with your name and email address. Your contact information is used to allow your Guardians to respond to your future requests to Restore or Unlock your vault. This information is not stored on any Vault12 servers.

Now that your Vault is configured with basic information, you will be asked to subscribe to a trial plan.
Trials are free for the first 30 days, and you can choose any of the plans right now.


To use the Vault12 platform to protect your assets after the Trial period, you will need to activate a subscription plan that includes the ability to own a Vault. You can review what is included in each plan on the Vault12 download page.

Select free trial

Assign Guardians

Next, you will assign Guardians. These are usually trusted people from your friends/family network, but alternatively, you could choose to designate trusted mobile devices as Guardians (for example, additional devices that are under your control).

Each Vault is assigned a set of Guardians - this is referred to as the "Total Number of Guardians." You must also specify a subset of how many of those Guardians will be needed to confirm access.

To choose how many Guardians are needed to confirm access to your vault, you can select a preset option such as 3 out of 5 Guardians, 5 out of 8, or 7 out of 10 - or you can click on the "Advanced" button and choose custom settings. For this tutorial, we will choose 2 out of 4 Guardians.

Select preset 3/5

Select preset 7/10

Continue to 'Advanced" settings

Select 2/4 Guardians

Once you have made your selection, press "Next" and confirm. The number of Guardians cannot be changed once setup is complete, so this is an important step. You can, however always change which Guardians are assigned to your Vault by using the "Replace Guardian" option.

Select Guardians

There are two ways to add new Guardians:

  1. Invite trusted people from your inner circle.
  2. Enroll trusted mobile devices.
To invite people, click on "Send Invitation" and select someone from your Contact list - your Guardians must be in your Contact list. You can send out the link via email or text, or you can copy and paste the invitation to pass on to your Guardian through some other messaging app.

​Send invitation

Choose Guardian from your contact list

Once you've invited your first Guardian, you will be asked to continue adding Guardians until you've invited the Total Number of Guardians that you selected earlier.

To enroll devices, download the Vault12 app onto the chosen device, and when you get to the "Get started" prompt, swipe to select the option "Join an existing Vault." Often people will enroll devices under their control, but this approach also works with devices controlled by other trusted people such as your lawyer or wealth manager.

Give the device a name - this is how the Guardian will be labelled in your Vault. Press "Next" to display the Vault12 QR code.

To assign this device to your Vault, switch back to your main device (the one on which you have been setting up your Vault), and choose the "Scan Device" option.

This will bring up a secure image scanner. Use this to scan the QR code displayed on your new Guardian device. This will enroll the device as a Guardian of your Vault.

Once all your Guardians have accepted the invitations you sent, your Vault setup is complete.

Now that the Vault setup is complete, the app will display how many days you have left in your free trial.

In addition, now that you have a Vault, you can do the following:

  1. Add assets including cryptocurrency seed phrases and other types of digital assets.
  2. Generate a cryptocurrency seed phrase.
  3. Assign a beneficiary Guardian to inherit your digital assets.


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Vault12 Personal Digital Asset Security helps you recover, backup and provide legacy inheritance for all your digital assets, including Bitcoin, Ethereum, NFTs, other cryptocurrencies, private keys, seed phrases, digital art and of course, your crypto wallets.


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Pass on your Digital Assets to future generations

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Easy to setup, easy to secure, easy to access.

A digital Vault containing your digital assets is assigned to trusted people or devices, known as Guardians. Your Guardians can be adjusted as needed in real-time so that the appropriate number are always guarding your digital assets. No one can access your assets and only you get access when you need.


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The Winklevosses came up with an elaborate system to store and secure their private keys. They cut up printouts of their private keys into pieces and then distributed them in envelopes to safe deposit boxes around the country, so if one envelope were stolen the thief would not have the entire key.

Nathaniel Popper, New York Times, December 19, 2017

20% of all Bitcoin is lost forever. That's $20B, in fact, in 2018 alone, $1.1B has been stolen.

Elliott Krause, The Wall Street Journal, July 5, 2018

The idea behind Vault12 is how do we essentially split that responsibility, make that problem of key control less a technological one by essentially making it into a social one with networks of people that they trust.

Terence Spies, former CTO, HP Enterprise, Data Security

Exchanges are the main target for hackers. Those are the biggest honeypots. So the number one rule in Crypto is, do not keep your money on an exchange, and if you're going to custody that money, you need to do it off of the exchange with a product like Vault12.

Joe DiPasquale, BitBull Capital

Security and usability are inextricably linked, the former cannot exist without the latter. Vault12 understands the need for end-to-end management of this experience as well as the importance of integrating into the prevailing crypto ecosystem

Sathvik Krishnamurthy, Founder and Managing Partner, Security Leadership Capital

As we move to a more open financial system driven by advanced blockchain technology and cryptocurrency, we need smarter ways to ensure that the system is trustworthy. Vault12 does this by addressing a foundational need -- ensuring that your crypto assets are not only protected by decentralized security, but also by your trusted inner circle. Your private key never exists in one place or with one entity, reducing risks from hackers as well as everyday accidents.

Vinny Lingham, Entrepreneur and Advisor

Security is the lifeblood of industry, commerce, and leisure. As more people use decentralized applications, they will need a way to back up their crypto wallets and exchange accounts. Vault12 provides a simple and natural way to reduce risks and combat the fear of forgetting seed phrases and private keys.

Jon Callaghan, co-founder of True Ventures

Get started now.

The Vault12 app is now available from iOS and Android app stores.