Encrypt & Unlock Qtum Wallet

If you don't know how to deploy a Qtum node or don't know how to launch a Qtum wallet, please refer to the following instructions:

Important: After you encrypt the wallet or change your passphrase, please remember to backup your wallet again!!!

Please do all following things after you successfully installed and run a Qtum wallet:

Encrypt Wallet

For command line users

qtum-cli command to encrypt wallet:

./qtum-cli encryptwallet "yourpassphrase"

note that yourpassphraseis the user defined pass phrase, please remember it or you will lose your QTUM.

After encryption, all security related actions such as sending QTUM, staking, or dumping private keys will require using the passphrase to unlock the wallet.

For GUI wallet users

ChooseSetting-Encrypt Wallet in the menu, as following:

choose encrypt

Create a new passphrase and repeat it. The wallet will restart after encryption.

enter passphrase

After restart, there will be a lock icon shown on the bottom of the wallet, which means it is already encrypted and locked:

wallet locked

Unlock wallet

For command line users

qtum-cli command to unlock wallet:

./qtum-cli walletpassphrase "yourpassphrase" 300

the first argument yourpassphrase is the passphrase you set for encryption, while the second is the unlock time in seconds, here 300 seconds or 5 minutes, after which time the wallet will automatically lock itself.

After unlocking, you can send QTUM or do other coin security related actions.

If you only want to unlock the wallet for staking only, please use:

./qtum-cli walletpassphrase "yourpassword" 999999 true

The first two arguments are the same, and the 3rd argument true means you only want to unlock the wallet for staking only. After doing this, you can start staking, but other coin security related actions like sending QTUM or dumping a private key still requre the passphrase to fully unlock your wallet.

For GUI wallet users

To fully unlock your wallet, go to “Settings - Unlock wallet”:

unlock wallet

and enter the passphrase to unlock wallet. If you choose For staking only, it means you only unlock the wallet for staking,but other coin security related actions like sending QTUM or dumping a private key are still locked. So please unselect For staking only if you want to fully unlock your wallet. To unlock for staking only, you will also need to switch on the Staking button to activate staking as described below.

enter passphrase

After unlocking, the lock icon on the bottom of the screen will show an open lock.

For wallet version 0.18.2 and greater, to unlock the wallet for staking only, use the main menu Stake option to show the Staking Page. Click the Staking button to the right and enter the passphrase (leave the checkbox set to "For staking only"):

Staking button

NOTE For staking wallets, it you unlock for staking only using "Settings - Unlock wallet" as shown above, you will still need to select the main menu Stake option to visit this Stake Page, and click the Staking button to the right to activate staking.

After unlocking for staking only, the lock icon will show the hasp slightly opened.

Change passphrase

For command line users

command for change passphrase:

./qtum-cli walletpassphrasechange "oldpassphrase" "newpassphrase"

oldpassphrase is the current passphrase previously set,and newpassphrase is the new passphrase you want set.

For GUI wallet users

Go to “Setting - Change Passphrase” to change the passphrase:

click change passphrase

enter old passphrase and new one to complete modification:

change passphrase

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