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How to generate a Seed Phrase with Vault12.

This demonstrates how to generate and store a seed phrase in Vault12 for use in initializing your crypto wallet. Once stored, your phrase is automatically backed up and ready for your Guardians to help you protect.

In this guide, we will discuss how to use Vault12 to generate and then automatically back up a new seed phrase.

Note: The terms "seed phrase" and "Backup code" are used interchangeably.

Once that's done, the seed phrase can be used to initialize the preferred wallet of your choice.

Before you complete these steps, you will want to check out our Wallet Guides. We've compiled instructions for security options for the most popular wallets - including details on how to initialize or import a seed phrase (if supported by the wallet).


To generate a seed phrase in Vault12 and use it to initialize your wallet, you will complete the following steps:

  1. Create a Digital Vault and complete its setup.
  2. Choose the button to "Add Asset," then select "Backup Code."
  3. Initialize your wallet by entering each word generated by Vault12 into your wallet.
  4. Save the backup code into your Vault.

1. Confirm Digital Vault setup

In order to generate a Backup code, you must have a working Digital Vault. If you have not created a Digital Vault, and assigned Guardians to protect it, please follow these instructions.

Vault Dashboard

2. Generate a new seed phrase

To generate a new seed phrase, go to your Vault12 Dashboard and click on "Add Asset." This gives you several options - select "Backup Code," which will enable you to generate and add seed phrases.

Select a Wallet vendor, or search for the Wallet that you plan to use. If you don't see your wallet, you can add a custom wallet name.

Select Backup Code

Select or search for a wallet vendor

3. Configure and Generate Backup Code

For this example, we will select the BRD Wallet type. You will be asked to choose how many words will be in your generated code. Not all wallets support all of these options, so it's worth checking your Wallet documentation to decide which option is best for you. In general, the more words in the seed phrase, the more secure it is.

Our BRD Wallet is ready for 12 words.

Decide how long your seed phrase will be

Check your wallet to determine the right length for the seed phrase

Once you select the Word count, Vault12 will start generating your unique seed phrase.

(To learn more about Vault12's research into random number generation on mobile devices, see this blog post on How to get true randomness from your Apple device.)

Creating the seed phrase

Completed seed phrase

4. Initialize  or Import Wallet

It takes just a few seconds to complete, and now your new seed phrase is ready to enter into your wallet.

Copy each word from Vault12 into your Wallet and click the checkbox after each word is entered into your Wallet to keep track of your progress. Double-check your entries - it is critical not to make an error in this step.

Add your seed phrase words into your wallet

Add newly generated seed phrase to your Vault

5. Automatically Backup 

Once you've initialized your Wallet, make sure you press the "Add to Vault" to automatically add your newly generated seed phrase to your Vault.

Once in the Vault, it will be encrypted, split, and distributed to your Guardians for protection.

Seed phrase being shared​

Locked asset in your Vault

By default, your asset will remain locked. To unlock and access your seed phrase, check out this article.

Once unlocked, your seed phrase will be displayed so that you can enter it into a new wallet.

Note: The asset will automatically lock after 2 hours.

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