Wallet

Set up the Coinbase Wallet browser extension

The Coinbase Wallet extension allows you to explore dapps, trade on decentralized exchanges, collect NFTs, and more from your web browser without needing to confirm transactions from your mobile device.

To get started, you’ll need:

  1. To install the Coinbase Wallet extension from the Chrome Web Store.

  2. Create a new wallet OR import an existing wallet. 

Once you’ve completed the above steps, learn how to add funds to your Coinbase Wallet extension.

Create a new wallet

  1. Once you’ve installed the extension, select Create a new wallet.

  2. Click Create a new wallet and enter a username—this is how other Coinbase Wallet users can find you. Note that you will not be able to change your username. 

  3. Securely back up your 12-word recovery phrase. 

  4. Verify that you’ve saved your recovery phrase before moving onto the next step.

  5. Create a password to access your wallet. 

Once the above steps are complete, then you can use your Coinbase Wallet extension immediately. 

Important: Coinbase cannot recover your 12-word recovery phrase for you. We recommend storing it in a secure location, such as a password manager or writing it down and keeping it somewhere secure. Your recovery phrase is what gives you—and only you—access to your wallet.

Import an existing wallet

You can connect an existing wallet to your Coinbase Wallet extension. Use a recovery phrase or a Ledger hardware device to access your wallet through the browser extension. 

  • Most Ethereum-based wallets have a 12-word recovery phrase, which acts as the key to your wallet. It's important to keep your recovery phrase secure—no wallet provider, including Coinbase Wallet, can recover it for you. 

  • To buy and learn more about Ledger hardware wallets, visit the Ledger website.

  1. Once you’ve installed the extension, select I already have a wallet.

  2. Choose Enter recovery phrase, then enter your wallet’s 12-word recovery phrase.

  3. Click Import wallet.

  4. Create a username and password so that you can unlock your wallet each time you use your computer.

  5. Click Submit.

Once the above steps are complete, then you can use your Coinbase Wallet extension immediately.

Important: Coinbase cannot recover your password for you. Keep it secure, as you’ll need it to access the Coinbase Wallet extension regularly.

Before you get started, if you have an existing wallet linked to your Coinbase Wallet then sign out of your Coinbase Wallet in order to connect your Ledger. Make sure your recovery phrase is backed up and saved before signing out, then follow the below steps: 

  1. Select I already have a wallet when prompted to connect a wallet.

  2. Choose Connect Ledger wallet > Connect now.

  3. Select your device from the pop-up window and click Connect.

  4. Review and approve the request on the Ledger device. (Make sure the Ethereum app is open on the Ledger and “Application is ready” appears on the Ledger screen.)

  5. Create a username and sign again on your Ledger. 

Once complete, then your hardware wallet will be linked to the browser extension. Note that Coinbase Wallet uses your seed phrase’s default account—sometimes called “index 0”—to link to your Ledger. Support for multiple accounts is coming soon.

If you run into issues with connecting your Ledger hardware wallet, check out our troubleshooting tips to fix the issue.

How do I find my recovery phrase? 

Select a type of wallet below for steps on how to find your 12-word recovery phrase. Then follow the steps outlined under “connect an existing wallet with a recovery phrase” above to successfully import your wallet.

  1. Open the Coinbase Wallet mobile app, and tap Settings.

  2. Tap Recovery Phrase, and enter your password or biometrics to access your recovery phrase.

  3. Copy your recovery phrase, and keep it secure.

  1. Open MetaMask from your web browser or mobile app, and enter in your password to access your MetaMask wallet.

  2. Go to your Settings and select Security & Privacy.

  3. Select Reveal Secret Recovery Phrase, then enter your password to continue.

  4. Copy your secret recovery phrase, and keep it secure.

  1. Open the Trust Wallet mobile app.

  2. Tap SettingsWallets

  3. Tap the informational icon for the wallet that you’d like to import, and then tap Show Recovery Phrase.

  4. Copy your recovery phrase, and keep it secure.

  1. Open your Phantom browser extension or mobile app, and input your password to access your wallet. 

  2. Go to Settings, then click Show Secret Recovery Phrase

  3. Enter your password again if prompted.

  4. Copy your secret recovery phrase, and keep it secure.

  1. Open your Solflare browser extension and input your password to access your wallet.

  2. Click on your avatar in the upper left corner of the extension.

  3. Click Export mnemonic > Show.

  4. Copy your secret recovery phrase, and keep it secure.

You can typically find your recovery phrase in the wallet’s Settings.

What is a recovery phrase? 

Recovery phrases allow you to transfer your assets from one self-custody wallet provider to another. With Coinbase Wallet, you can import any Ethereum-based wallet that you may have created with another provider, such as MetaMaskTrust Wallet, and more. You can even import your Coinbase Wallet from your mobile device so you can use it in the browser extension as well.

Are there any risks to importing an existing wallet? 

There is no impact on your existing wallet when you import it to the Coinbase Wallet extension. You will be able to continue using your existing wallet across multiple providers, and any transactions you make will show up in your wallet across all of your wallet providers. 

Can I import an existing wallet with a password? 

While the recovery phrase is transferable, the password that you set for your wallet is provider-specific and is not applicable to any other provider. Like recovery phrases, passwords cannot be recovered by any wallet provider, including Coinbase Wallet.

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