Coinbase Wallet 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. 

How to set up the Coinbase Wallet extension

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 your wallet.

Import an existing wallet

In order to import an existing wallet, you must have access to the wallet’s recovery phrase. Most Ethereum-based wallets have a 12-word recovery phrase, which acts as the key to your wallet. Note that it is important to keep your recovery phrase secure and that no wallet provider—including Coinbase Wallet—can recover it for you.

To import an existing wallet:

  1. Once you’ve installed the extension, select Import an existing wallet.

  2. Input your importing wallet’s recovery phrase—this should be 12 words.

  3. Click Import wallet

  4. Enter a username, and then create a password to access the Coinbase Wallet extension. 

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 extensions regularly. Remember, Coinbase cannot recover your password for you.

How do I find my recovery phrase? 

Select a type of wallet below for steps on how to find your recovery phrase. 

  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. 

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 MetaMask, Trust 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.

Troubleshooting tips

If you’re having issues using the Coinbase Wallet extension:

  1. Lock then unlock your wallet from the browser extension:

    • Click the on your toolbar. Then click and select Lock Wallet

    • Then unlock it by signing in with your browser extension password. 

  2. Sign out of the browser extension and uninstall it. 

  3. Reinstall the latest version of the browser extension and import your existing wallet using your 12-word recovery phrase.

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