I'm having this message: "Your wallet does not have private key for this address. You cannot spend coins received unless you have the private key elsewhere."

How can I move my coins from watch only account to account with the private key? P.S. I am using Mycelium Wallet App.

Thank you in advance, Milan

  • definition of a watch only wallet: An address or pubkey script stored in the wallet without the corresponding private key, allowing the wallet to watch for outputs but not spend them.
    – hardfork
    Commented Jan 2, 2018 at 18:34
  • Possible duplicate of I need to recover private key?,
    – chytrik
    Commented Feb 10, 2019 at 23:34

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You can't spend bitcoin from a watch only address unless you have the corresponding private key which generated that address.

  • Yes, I believe I have it... I mean, I have two accounts, one of them has the private key and the other one doesn't... Could be that it's the same private key? Thanks
    – MrMima
    Commented Jan 2, 2018 at 18:02
  • What dates were the addresses generated on? Commented Jan 2, 2018 at 18:14
  • Sorry, I am not sure how can I find out the date of generation? I'm pretty new in this. Thank you for your time
    – MrMima
    Commented Jan 2, 2018 at 18:25
  • When you start Mycelium, is there a 'Cold Storage' option? Commented Jan 2, 2018 at 18:32
  • Yes, there is. But, I can't find any date there
    – MrMima
    Commented Jan 2, 2018 at 19:17

To receive the bitcoins originally you should have had a “key pair” meaning a public and private key pair. Online wallets automatically generate the private key with your public address. Imported public addresses to your wallet will be a “watch” address that won’t allow you to spend your bitcoin if you don’t import your private key. If you import your private key to your wallet it will no longer be a watch address and you can spend your bitcoin. Just import your private key for your public address and you should have full control to transact.

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