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Breadwallet (BRD)

iOS, Version 4.7

Section 6. Initialize or import seed phraseWelcome to this guide on safely setting up Breadwallet (BRD). This guide is focused on iOS, also check out our Android guide.


1. Introduction

BRD is a simple and secure cryptocurrency wallet for mobile phones. By the end of 2020, nearly 5 million users in over 170 countries trust BRD to protect $6B in a variety of digital currencies. From BRD, you can safely and securely buy, exchange, and sell bitcoin (BTC), bitcoin cash (BCH), ethereum (ETH), and ERC20 tokens.

2. Download and install

    • Trust, but verify. When using any cryptocurrency wallet, it is important to make sure you are downloading the correct version. Check the store listing for the following info:

    Version: 4.7 as of January 11, 2021

    Offered by: breadwallet LLC

    • The `Version` number and the `Updated on` date will change as the app is updated over time. The important part to verify is the `Offered by` field.

Remember the phrase trust, but verify. Taking the extra step to verify can prevent loss of funds. Trust, but verify is an important concept in having a security mindset.

3. Create and setup

You can think of your seed phrase as a master backup of all your cryptocurrency in this wallet. It will unlock every single address created by your wallet. Backing up the seed phrase ensures access to your wallet using any BIP-39 compliant wallet. It is important to highlight, your seed phrase only ensures you will have access to your cryptocurrency inside your wallet. If someone steals your phrase, you will still be able to access the wallet, but the funds may be gone - since whoever knows your seed phrase can spend all of that cryptocurrency.

When creating a new BRD Wallet, the default method is to create your wallet and seed phrase within the app. The more advanced method is to generate your own seed phrase. We created detailed guides on generating your own seed phrase.By following the right directions, you can generate a seed phrase that is more secure than the default method used by wallets.

A quick overview of steps:

Open the app

To create a brand new wallet, you will take the "Get started" option, this will take you through steps to generate a seed or recovery phrase - before you click, read 'How to generate a seed phrase' for use in your wallet" so that you know all your options for starting a new wallet.

If you already have a pre-generated seed phrase, proceed to Section 6. Initialize or import seed phrase.

Create a New Wallet in BRD Wallet

In this section, you are going to create a new wallet in the BRD app using the wallet's default approach.

  • Open the app and click the "Get Started" button
  • Set PIN. BRD requires that you have a PIN to unlock access to your wallet.
WARNING: Your PIN cannot be recovered. If you need to reset your PIN, you will need to recover your wallet using a backup of your seed phrase. So take care to remember your PIN.
We do not recommend the PIN 12345 - even if it is the combination of your luggage.

WARNING: Many wallets including BRD wallet will ask you to verify your seed phrase in subsequent steps, to accomplish this you will need to have your seed phrase in front of you, and will ask you to write down your seed phrase on a piece of paper before proceeding. Many people will be tempted to take a screenshot of the seed phrase (good wallets will warn you about this), this is a big no-no and opens you up to substantial risk, here are steps for mitigating that risk.

  • Click the continue button to view each word in the Private Recovery phrase. You will be asked to write down each word and will be asked to verify randomly chosen words.
  • Now that you have successfully generated your seed phrase, you'll want to back it up as outlined in the next section: Section 5 Securely back up your seed phrase.

4. Verify your recovery phrase

At this point, you will have a fully functioning cryptocurrency wallet that is able to store, send, and receive cryptocurrency. Before you put funds in your wallet, you need to create a backup and then verify your recovery phrase.

The process of backing up involves displaying your recovery phrase, backing it up, and then verifying that you have the correct phrase. To create a robust back up see Section 5. Securely back up your recovery phrase.

WARNING: When you follow the steps to find your seed phrase, you will be writing the seed phrase on a piece of paper. It is very important that you back up the seed phrase on a more reliable medium, and then destroy that piece of paper. Paper is vulnerable to accidental loss, theft, and damage. It is not the safest method of backing up your seed phrase.

You will now be asked to input random words from your recovery phrase in sequence. Once you have submitted and assuming there weren't any errors your wallet will be verified.

Before you put funds in your wallet, you need to create a safe backup of your seed phrase. Your seed phrase is the only way to restore access to your funds if you lose access to your wallet. You are now ready to proceed to Section 5. Securely back up your seed phrase.

Recommended Action: After you securely back up your seed phrase, it is important to destroy the paper you temporarily wrote your seed phase on.

5. Securely back up your recovery phrase

If you used Vault12 to generate your seed phrase, your seed phrase is already securely backed up in your digital vault.

Your seed phrase is the master key to all of your cryptocurrency funds. BRD Wallet uses BIP39, which is the current industry best practice for generating seed phrases. The majority of modern wallets today use BIP39. This means your BRD seed phrase can be used to access your funds using any other wallet without knowing your BRD pin code or other security credentials.

Securely backing up your seed phrase is the most important step in creating a new wallet. To emphasize how important this is, consider how someone with your seed phrase could access your funds without you knowing.

Imagine a bad actor has your seed phrase, and you have your BRD Wallet locked down with 2FA, IP address whitelisting, blocked tor access, and all the other security features. The attacker could simply open any wallet application, and import your seed phrase. The attacker now has access to all of your funds.

We want you to have a secure backup, so this never happens to you.
Nine out of ten wallet providers only mention one way to backup your seed phrase - by writing the seed phrase on paper. Wallet providers only mention this paper backup method because it is easy for beginners to do. Paper backups are simply not that secure.

We did extensive research and compiled the best ways to backup your seed phrase. We cover all the most well-known options, including next-generation options like how to back up your seed phrase in Vault12.

Once you have safely backed up your seed phrase, you can initialize your wallet using any BIP39 compatible wallet. In the next section, you will learn how you can initialize a BRD wallet using your seed phrase.

6. Initialize or import recovery phrase

If you are following this guide from the beginning, and you created your wallet using the default approach, using the app to `Create a Wallet`, then congratulations! You are ready to start using your wallet.

However, be careful about storing large amounts of funds secured only by a wallet-generated recovery phrase.

If you followed one of our guides for pre-generating a more secure seed phrase, for instance using Vault12, and you want to use that seed phrase with your wallet - this section is for you!

In this section, you will learn how to initialize your wallet using your pre-generated seed phrase. There are 3 main reasons to generate your wallet using this method:

  • You lost access to your wallet, and you need to regain access to your wallet and your funds.
  • You want to access your wallet and funds using a different wallet app.
  • You want the best security, and you generated a seed phrase using an advanced method.

Let's get started

  • Open the BRD app and tap on `Recover wallet`. This will bring you to the recovery screen

Now enter your recovery phrase.

If you used Vault12 to back up your recovery phrase, then retrieve the recovery phrase and enter it into BRD wallet.

Now select and confirm a PIN.

Once confirmed, your wallet setup is complete.

7. Further Reading

In the world of cryptocurrency, knowledge is your best friend.

Crypto Wallet providers will almost always have their own user documentation, and sometimes they may even have a user community where you can ask questions.

Check out these resources about BRD Wallets:

Information about best practices on the topic of security can be scattered all over the internet. We work hard to distill the best practices into one place for you.

Check out these resources about securing digital wallets:

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