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Samourai Wallet single seed multi-location backup scheme

Documentation on Samourai Wallet recovery:
https://support.samourai.io/article/18-restore-your-samourai-wallet-with-your-secret-words
https://support.samourai.io/article/8-restore-wallet-from-auto-backup-file

In case of restoring the wallet in different software (eg. Electrum) check
https://walletsrecovery.org for the derivation paths used.

Note that Samourai Wallet does not allow spaces in the passphrase.


Components grouped together by the requirement for a full restore

Full backup 1

  • Seed (12 words)
  • Passphrase (without spaces)

    Full backup 2

  • Backup file (encrypted text)
  • Passphrase (without spaces)

    Full backup 3

  • Android device with the wallet loaded (locked with PIN codes)
    • use a secondary, dedicated device for backup
    • have 2*8 digits PINs which are different from the primary device
    • have a locked bootloader with the latest security patches
  • PIN codes to the Android Device AND Samourai Wallet
    • test if the phone and the wallet can be unlocked with the PINs even after a restart

Packages for a 2-of-3 setup

Location 1

  • Seed (12 words)
  • Backup file (encrypted text)
  • PIN codes to the Android Device AND Samourai Wallet

Location 2

  • Passphrase (without spaces)
  • PIN codes to the Android Device AND Samourai Wallet

Location 3

  • Seed (12 words)
  • Android device with the wallet loaded (locked with PIN codes)