Coinbase Wallet

Create a Coinbase Wallet

To get started with the Coinbase Wallet mobile app, you can create a new self-custody wallet or import an existing wallet. The Coinbase Wallet mobile app is available in the App Store for iPhone or in the Google Play Store for Android. 

To create a new wallet:

  1. Download the mobile app.

  2. Review and accept the Privacy Policy and Terms of Service.

  3. Select Create new wallet.

  4. Select Claim my username.

    • You also have the option to import your ENS name into Coinbase Wallet and use that as your username. If you want to claim the username later, select Maybe later.

Your new wallet will now be created.  

Important: If you add funds to your wallet, you'll need to securely store your recovery phrase. You can view your recovery phrase from the Settings menu by selecting Security, then Back ups. You can write down your recovery phrase and keep it in a safe location or back it up to the cloud.

It is crucial to safely store and secure your recovery phrase. If you lose your recovery phrase, you lose access to your crypto and digital assets.

Learn more about recovery phrases and the importance of managing yours.

To back up your recovery phrase in Coinbase Wallet:

  1. Open the Coinbase Wallet mobile app.

  2. From the Settings menu, select Security, then Backups.

  3. Select Back up with iCloud/Google Drive or Back up manually.

    • iCloud/Google Drive: You’ll have to create a separate password for this. This will fully encrypt the backup, making it only accessible by you. Please keep your password secure. If you lose your password, you won't be able to access your funds.

    • Manually: Your recovery phrase will be displayed for you to write down or copy and paste. Take care not to expose this phrase; Coinbase will never ask for this phrase, and it should never be pasted into any website. Store it in a secure location and ensure the phrase is exactly as presented; the spelling or order cannot be altered. 

If you're not able to load the Wallet app, follow these steps to view your recovery phrase:

  1. Long press on the Coinbase Wallet app icon.

  2. Tap on Recover your Wallet.

  3. Select on Show Recovery Phrase.

  4. Write down your Recovery Phrase in a safe location.

Import an existing wallet

Import another wallet provider like MetaMask, Trust Wallet, and more into your Coinbase Wallet. Most Ethereum-based wallets have a 12-word recovery phrase, which acts as the key to your wallet. Recovery phrases allow you to transfer your assets from one self-custody wallet provider to another.

To import an existing wallet, you’ll need the 12-word recovery phrase (also known as a seed phrase) from your current wallet provider. 

When you import another wallet into Coinbase Wallet, your passwords for that specific wallet will not be imported over to Coinbase Wallet and are not recoverable by any wallet provider.

There is no impact on your existing wallet when you import it to Coinbase Wallet. You will be able to use your existing wallet and recovery phrase across multiple providers. Any transactions you make with one wallet provider will show up across all of your wallet providers.

To import an existing wallet:

  1. Download the mobile app, then tap I already have a wallet.

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

  3. Read and accept the terms and privacy policy.

  4. Select Continue.

Alternate connection method

In some countries, we may detect the app needs an alternate connection method for a better app experience. In this cases, and if you decide to continue, we'll direct your traffic through Google’s DOH (DNS over HTTPS) resolver. DOH is a popular protocol commonly used for increasing user privacy. If you dismiss the option, you may not be able to create/import your wallet using Coinbase Wallet.

Find your recovery phrase

Select a wallet provider below for steps on how to find your 12-word recovery phrase. Then follow the above steps outlined under Import an existing wallet to successfully import your wallet.

  1. Open the MetaMask browser extension and select the three dots in the top right corner, or open the MetaMask mobile app

  2. Select Settings, then Security & Privacy.

  3. Select Reveal Secret Recovery Phrase (and Get Started, if prompted), then answer the two questions.

  4. Enter your password and select Next.

  5. Select Hold to reveal SRP.

  6. Copy your secret recovery phrase and keep it secure.

  1. Open the Trust Wallet mobile app.

  2. Tap the Settings icon, then select Wallets

  3. Select the three dots next to your wallet, then select Manual.

  4. Copy your recovery phrase and keep it secure.

Additional wallets

How do I add a second recovery phrase or Wallet?

  1. Open the Coinbase Wallet mobile app or browser extension

  2. Click on your username at the top of the assets tab

  3. Tap add and manage wallets, then click import a wallet.

How do I remove a Wallet?

To remove a wallet you will need to sign out of all wallets. Make sure you have all of your recovery phrases saved and/or backed up before you do this.

How many wallets can I add?

You can add up to 3 wallets this includes one ledger with up to 15 addresses from that ledger.