Export private key from used receiving address

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spiros mxs asked 1 year ago

Last updated on October 18th, 2017 at 12:47 pm

I gave a used receiving address of blockchain wallet to someone and i have some funds but I can’t use it without the private key. New interface of this wallet does not give the option export and support from blockchain.info was not succesful. Is there any way to find the private key?

Thank you

benjamin replied 1 month ago

hello guys i have kinda the same issue but with dogecoin. i downloaded the android app from dogecoin.com and created an address using it and received coins.. it appears on the chain but not in the app..
i tried to re-sync the app with the network and back up the wallet..
my question is, is there anyway to get the privatekey of the address using the backup file or using any other way??

Zsofia Elek replied 2 months ago

Hi Nanda, unfortunately without the private key or recovery seed phrase you cannot access your account.

nanda replied 2 months ago

my bitcoin address. not see my. private key

Zsofia Elek replied 2 months ago

Hi Nanda, if you have a recovery phrase you can still access your account, please check the page linked by Ofir above.

Nanda replied 2 months ago

please help find my private key

Rodnei replied 7 months ago

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3 Answers
Ofir Beigel answered 1 year ago

If you have your recovery phrase you should be able to use it. See this blog post from Blockchain.info. I’m a bit confused about your question since I don’t understand if you can access your account or not.

Zsofia Elek replied 2 months ago

Hi Nuhs, indeed you need to have the private key in order to control your Bitcoin address and send the coins. Here you can read more about how you can use the private keys: https://99bitcoins.com/bitcoin-private-key-safe-how-use/

NUHS replied 2 months ago

hi friend,
i came accross your post on 99bitcoin site. i created a bitcoin address in blockchain, deposited some funds into a web site as investment but it appeared to have been a scam. after about 9months i stumble uopn that address and realise that that site was no scam and has been making payments. but i cannot have access to the gmail or the blockchain i created.
when i was looking for solution someone told me to add up the address to my new blockchain wallet but to transfer the funds now request me of a PRIVATE KEY.

kshama gupta replied 3 months ago

my problem is how to get private key of old receiving address. I didn’t have the private key of that address and I don’t know where it is. it is showing watch-only address.when i’m trying to import that address it’s not transferring to my wallet present address, it is asking for private key. I can see the BTC in my wallet, I can see the Transaction but I can’t use it. I’m stuck at present. How to get private key of Old Receiving address ?

Bruce President replied 4 months ago

I’m having a problem recovering my funds are spending my funds on blockchain it says watch only at the address that it was sent to and I don’t have the recovery phrase or the private key because I haven’t used that address yet. I started the process of setting up that address with 12 word recovery phrase but didn’t finish it. I can’t move funds at all . What can I do to get my funds ??

blank replied 5 months ago

You can use this method to export your blockchain.info’s private key since they update their wallet to HD wallet since 2016 http://bl4nkcode.info/bitcoin/how_to_export_blockchain_wallet_private_key

kshama gupta replied 6 months ago

How to get private key of old receiving address. I didn’t have the private key of that address and I don’t know where it is. it is showing watch-only address.when i’m trying to import that address it’s not transferring to my wallet present address, it is asking for private key. I can see the BTC in my wallet, I can see the Transaction but I can’t use it. I’m stuck at present. How to get private key of Old Receiving address ? please answar my email address.

spiros mxs replied 12 months ago

No he cannot raise transaction fee as support (Alison) of blockchain said in comments section of the link https://blog.blockchain.com/2014/07/08/tutorial-how-to-rebroadcast-a-bitcoin-transaction/

“You are unable to attach a fee to a transaction that has already been sent out. It is quite likely it will confirm, it will just take longer. There is also a possibility it will get rejected, in which case the bitcoins will re-appear back as if you never attempted to transact them in the first place. “

Ofir Beigel replied 12 months ago

Perhaps this can help:
https://blog.blockchain.com/2014/07/08/tutorial-how-to-rebroadcast-a-bitcoin-transaction/

It’s a guide about how to rebroadcast the transaction with higher fees so it will go through

Sameera Pathum replied 12 months ago

i have a same kind of a problem, i send some BTC to my other wallet with a lower transaction fee. now its been 1 week and still transaction is not confirmed. blockchain.info wallet re execute the same transaction again and again every time the transaction rejected from bitcoin network. now my BTC stuck forever. and i dont have a way to re spend it as well since i don’t have the private key.

Ofir Beigel replied 1 year ago

Yeah I understand. All I’m saying is that I’m not familiar with any “watch only” address feature on Blockchain. Perhaps send a screencast using Jing or something. I have old addresses on Blockchain.info as well and I can easily access them.
And you’re right – there’s no more option to export the private key on that wallet and it sucks.

spiros mxs replied 1 year ago

Maybe the answer was more simple than I thought. I deleted the ‘watch address’. How? ‘Settings –> Addresses–>Imported Addresses (Becareful) –> Manage Addresses —> Watch-only Addresses and (finally) click to delete this address. Money are still in your wallet under the label ‘Used Addresses’ if you click the red button in warning box.

Ofir Beigel replied 1 year ago

Blockchain updates their UI from time to time but you should still have access to all of the funds in your account – even in older addresses. Perhaps you need to click the “transfer all” button next to your import addresses under – Settings – addresses

However I don’t see any reason for you to need a private key if this is still the same account you used before. I’m saying this because I use blockchain.info and haven’t encountered such a thing

spiros mxs replied 1 year ago

Thank you for quick answer. May be I was not so clear. As you know blockchain wallet uses changing receiving address. My problem is that someone sent me btcs in an old (used) address. Blockchain made a ‘watch only’ label for this address where I see these btcs but I cannot use it without to import private key. I tried recovery phrase but asked only private key. I searched and found some videos where before some time if someone made a blockchain wallet there was the header ‘import/export’. So, the owner of the wallet could export private key. Now if someone create a blockchain wallet there is not this option. So, I have access my account, I can see btc, but I cannot use it. Is there any way to find the private key of my wallet?

benjamin answered 1 month ago

hello guys i have kinda the same issue but with dogecoin. i downloaded the android app from dogecoin.com and created an address using it and received coins.. it appears on the chain but not in the app..
i tried to re-sync the app with the network and back up the wallet..
my question is, is there anyway to get the privatekey of the address using the backup file o using any other way??

Steven Hay answered 1 month ago

Hey Benjamin,
 
Can you send me the link to the transaction in the Dogecoin block explorer?
 
I don’t see why the amount isn’t showing up in your wallet, provided it’s confirmed and the addresses match. Sounds like a wallet problem.
 
It should be possible to extract the privatekey of the address, yes. The wallet file is stored in app-private storage, specifically at: /data/data/de.schildbach.wallet/files/wallet-protobuf
 
You will need to use some kind of file browser to find the file and then probably export it to PC… The process from there is pretty technical. I’ve only found a guide for performing this process on Linux. Are you running that?
 
If so, check out:
 

  1. https://github.com/langerhans/dogecoin-wallet-new/tree/master/wallet
  2. https://github.com/langerhans/dogecoin-wallet-new/blob/master/wallet/README.recover
  3. https://github.com/langerhans/dogecoinj-new

If not, or the process seems too complex, then I suggest asking for assistance on Dogecoin social forums, like r/dogecoin.
 

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