I have an Android wallet key and I want to load it onto my windows desktop. I am using Bitcoin-Qt, but i dont see an import option anywhere. How can this be done?

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The backup file produced by the Android Bitcoin app is a text file containing lines of the form

5Jhvcnoi9LFxEcg68gTaDB3DiKEJ6TWJuMmyfjv89uEv3AbgdV 2013-01-01T12:34:56Z

The first field is the private key. This can be imported into bitcoin-qt using the importprivkey command. Choose "Help > Debug window", go to the "Console" tab, and enter:

importprivkey 5Jhvcnoi9LFxEcg68gTaDB3DiKEJ6TWJuMmyfjv89uEv3AbgdV

where you paste in the private key from the file. bitcoin-qt will be unresponsive for several minutes while it searches the blockchain for existing transactions involving the new address; this is normal.

  • in my case the file doesn't look this way but rather a much longer series of baseXX characters
    – lajarre
    Nov 13, 2016 at 20:07

This guide was the only one that worked for me. My encypted backup file didn't had the mentioned format, and other guides that explained how to export the nmonic seed didn't work either with wallets like electrum or electron cash, but the exported private key as described here did:



Please follow the documentation here: https://en.bitcoin.it/wiki/How_to_import_private_keys_v7%2B


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