How to Import My Wallet from Phantom?

When managing different Bitcoin wallets, it's essential to recognize the types of addresses they support. This guide will assist you in transferring your Bitcoin from Phantom to Xverse, focusing on the differences in wallet address formats and their implications.

Understanding Seed Phrases and Bitcoin Address Formats

A seed phrase, also known as a recovery phrase, is a series of words generated by your wallet. This crucial security feature allows you to access your crypto on the blockchain. Essentially, your seed phrase is responsible for deriving all the wallet addresses associated with your funds.

  • bc1q Addresses (Native SegWit): These addresses help reduce transaction fees and conserve blockchain space. They are commonly used in platforms like Phantom.
  • bc1p Addresses (Taproot): These addresses are the newest development in Bitcoin technology, offering improvements in privacy and efficiency, particularly for complex transactions.
  • Addresses Starting with 3 (Nested SegWit): Xverse uses these addresses for Bitcoin to ensure compatibility with older systems while still benefiting from reduced transaction fees.

Key Differences in Wallet Structures Between Phantom and Xverse

Phantom primarily use bc1q addresses. In contrast, Xverse employs Nested SegWit addresses starting with 3. This difference requires specific steps to ensure that funds are correctly managed when transferring assets from one platform to another.


How to Export Your Wallet from Phantom to Xverse

Now that you understand the basics of seed phrases and address types, let’s walk through the process of importing your wallet from OKX to Xverse:

  1. Prepare Your Seed Phrase: Having access to your 12 to 24-word seed phrase from your current wallet is crucial, as it provides access to your Bitcoin.
  2. Setting Up Your Xverse Wallet: During setup, you will input your seed phrase, which will generate the necessary Nested SegWit and Taproot addresses in Xverse.
  3. Verification of Addresses: After setting up, verify that the addresses generated in Xverse match the expected formats — a Nested SegWit address starting with 3 for Bitcoin and a Taproot address starting with bc1p for other assets.
  4. Sending BTC On-chain: In order to view your BTC balance in Xverse, you must send your BTC on-chain from your old wallet to your new Nested SegWit address in Xverse.
  5. Limitations on Recovery: It's important to note that Xverse only supports the recovery of Bitcoin from bc1p (Taproot) addresses. Bitcoin stored in bc1q addresses (as commonly found in Phantom) cannot be directly recovered in Xverse. This limitation must be considered when planning your wallet transfer, as it may affect how you manage your Bitcoin during the transition.


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