Ok let me start with I am a novice and please excuse my ignorance(!) Thanks!

A few years ago I went to the bank and deposited cash to buy bitcoin. I had a wallet with a bitcoin address as well as a secure password which I wrote down (I am looking at it as I type). However the computer I used has since been replaced by a new one and I left my country to move abroad without installing the original wallet on my new laptop.

I do have a paper wallet saved but I really need to some advice on what I need to do to access my bitcoin on a new wallet and to see how much my bitcoin is worth.

Any help would be really, really appreciated.

Many thanks


You need to provide your Recovery Seed (some words eg. 12 words given to you by your Wallet Service Provider) to recover your wallet. I recommend Electrum (supported on several Operating Systems) and Mycelium (the Android app).


to tool up how much it is…

…although its should not have changed much since back then )

you can easily look up the address if you wrote it down.

just replace with your address: https://blockchain.info/address/1C3RiLE1M5BsGHH5GDhTwjTmYquawd6aKj

and of course there are many other site that do the job of a "blockexplorer" if you need a term to search for.

prices you will find on market places and exchanges like poloniex or kraken.

to actually use the funds

you'll need a wallet software that can read your private key format and can either create a transaction to be transmitted or send it to the network directly. you will find a list to start with: https://www.weusecoins.com/en/find-the-best-bitcoin-wallet/ and some other places like the bitcoin wiki and other forums will give much more.

To convert private key formats you can use – for actual private keys with an offline copy – tools like e.g.

I cannot recommend you anything without knowing what is your device/operating system etc.

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