After creating a backup, I added a pin to my "Langerhans" Dogecoin wallet for android. Now, the pin doesn't get accepted (or I forgot it). Finally, I used the "Restore Backup" function and got:
"You have successfully restored your wallet. Now determining the value of your wallet will take some time."
"Synchronizing with network, 6 weeks behind."
Did I lose my money? Do I have to wait six weeks to find out? I also have the backup on my computer, but it is in an "unrecognized format". How would I use it?
This question regards the "Langerhans" Dogecoin wallet for android phones, which is effectively the same style and configuration of wallet as the "Langerhans" Bitcoin wallet for Bitcoins. Both of these wallets are, of course, available for download through Google Play.
I had amassed a total of over 10-million Dogecoins into the android phone wallet (or about $1,500 USD) over the course of approximately one week. I did this by first purchasing Bitcoin from a Bitcoin ATM and then exchanging the Bitcoin for Dogecoin through the SHAPESHIFT.IO exchange system. These exchanges were conducted in the form of 15 separate transactions of equivalent $100 each per transaction.
I then backed up the wallet a final time through the wallet itself, which created an external backup file that is accessible not only through my Gmail account, but is also apparently accessible through the Bitcoin wallet on the phone itself. Then (unfortunately) following that final transaction, I created a so-called "Spending PIN," which would need to be entered any time I wanted to spend the coins.
Well, it seems I either forgot my Spending PIN, or something else went wrong with the system; because when I attempted to transfer the coins out of the wallet, the application indicated that I had used an "INVALID PIN."
No, I did not write down the PIN, which was numerical and eight (8) digits in length, but it was also a common combination of two separate 4-digit pins that I use all the time anyway; so I didn't think I would forget it. I did attempt several different combinations of any potential PIN numbers that I would have used, but nothing worked. (I also read another testimonial of this same exact thing happening with another user of the Langerhans android wallet, whereby he was certain that he didn't forget his PIN.)
In not being able to access the funds in the wallet, I then used the "RESTORE WALLET" function of the wallet itself, which required me to enter another password; but in that case, I did have the password written down. Apparently the process of restoring the wallet was successful at least in the sense that the system accepted my password entered into it.
HOWEVER, in the first place, the system offered a warning that any coins in the wallet would be lost following the restoration process UNLESS I had otherwise created a backup of those. The statement in this regard was very general, and in that sense it seemed vague. While I didn't fully understand why it would be telling me that I was going to lose coins if they were not backed up, since I was using the most recent backup file that I had created in the first place, I still assumed that because I had the backup file stored on my Gmail account it would allow me to recover the coins from the external file itself.
THEN, in the second place, it was after conducting the "RESTORE WALLET" function where a message appeared on the screen stating to the effect that -- "You have successfully restored your wallet. Now determining the value of your wallet will take some time."
Okay, so it didn't tell me HOW MUCH TIME that would take, but when I went into my phone wallet, it is showing a balance of ZERO coins. The other notation showing on the wallet is where it states the following: "Synchronizing with network, 6 weeks behind."
SIX WEEKS BEHIND? Good grief! What the hell does that mean? Does it mean that I can expect to be waiting for at least SIX (6) weeks before my coins miraculously appear back inside my wallet? Or is it more likely to mean that I have lost my ass on this whole thing?
Well, the only other thing I still have at this point is the actual externally saved so-called "BACKUP" file that was sent to my Gmail address as an apparently "UNKNOWN" file type. I did open the file through the Windows NOTEPAD program, it shows up as an considerably long string of random characters, which are inclusive of both numbers, letters, as well as the plus (+) sign symbol and the forward slash (/) symbol. There are no other special characters.
At least generally, I am strongly presuming (or hoping anyway) that this long string of characters amounts to a valid copy of my suggested backup file that would allow me to recover my coins. If it would allow me to recover my coins, then I don't know how to use it. My only thought for using the file would be the need to turn it into a QR CODE, but the amount of characters in the ledger is too long to be supported by any known online QR CODE generators.
Does anyone know what I can use this backup file of code for in attempting to recover my coins? Naturally, I don't want to wait for SIX WEEKS or more to have the coins back; but I'm also not convinced that I will get them back anyway in that case.
Thanks for any help. (sigh)