I bought Bitcoins from the ATM and it gave me a receipt with a QR code. and now after one year i wanted to scan it into my wallet, but ink on paper faded and it can`t be scaned..... so im wondering if i can enter the private key manualy by keyboard?

  • What wallet do you use? Bitcoin-Core? importpivkey would work on Bitcoin-Core if your private key is WIF encoded. Commented May 30, 2016 at 16:14

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Your QR code contains your private key, but yes you can recover with the private key directly if the QR code is now physically damaged.

I do not see that option for blockchain.info (which you stated you are trying to use in your comment):

https://blockchain.info/wallet/import-wallet supports QR codes Bitcoin-Qt (wallet.dat) and blockchain.info (wallet.aes.json) files.

Try one these methods instead (or choose another wallet which you prefer):




  • yes QR code is damaged, but private key that is writen bellow QR code it`s still readable. so where can i enter this key manually in my blockchain wallet
    – user36149
    Commented May 31, 2016 at 19:52

No need to re-invent the wheel for importing or sweeping paper wallets for mobile wallets such as airBitz, Blockchain, and Mycelium. The Jaxx wallet also supports sweeping paper wallets under (Tools)->(Transfer Paper Wallet). These wallets should allow one to type a paper wallet's private keys if QR codes can't be scanned.

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    Actually the latest version of the Jaxx wallet says "coming soon" where this manual-key-entering functionality is supposed to be. So, no. Currently it is QR only.
    – user66054
    Commented Nov 28, 2017 at 14:23

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