In this article we’ll share the list of concurrency wallets (both hardware and software) that supports BIP39 standard or BIP39 mnemonic recover seed phrase.
To store your Bitcoins you basically need a wallet app. You can download a software wallet to your PC, smart phone or you can get yourself a hardware wallet. Most of the Bitcoin wallets; during the setup process the software will generate and provide you with a list of random words. Depending on the wallet type it can be either 12 or 24 words. It’s called backup seed phrase, recovery phrase or mnemonic seed phrase.
You need to write down the mnemonic seed phrase and keep it safely. If you forget it or if you lose them then you’ll lose access to the coins in your wallet that you just created. In case in future if the device breaks, computer crashes or whether the hard drive gets corrupted. You can simply download the software again and use your backup recover phrase to get your Bitcoins back.
The most common standard used in the generation of mnemonic seed phrases is BIP39.
BIP39 – Bitcoin Improvement Proposal: 39
BIP39 or Bitcoin Improvement Proposal: 39 (https://github.com/bitcoin/bips/blob/master/bip-0039.mediawiki) describes the implementation of mnemonic phrase or mnemonic code.
BIP39 mnemonic sentence is a group of easy to remember words that serves as a backup for your wallet. In case if your wallet is lost or destroyed you can use the human readable phrase to retrieve all the coins associated with that wallet.
This method has become a standard for many deterministic wallets and not just Bitcoin wallet. It has also been adopted for use in numerous other cryptocurrency projects.
For example if your ledger wallet is lost you can download a multi-currency software wallet that supports BIP 39 standard and recover your funds completely. All your transaction and addresses generated by your ledger wallet will be retrieved from the seed word.
You can think of BIP39 mnemonic seed phrases as master passwords.
The 24 word recovery phrase looks something like this.
BIP39 seed phrase example:
gravity trophy suspect shrimp sheriff avocado label trust tragic dove pitch title network myself task spell protect smooth diary sword brain blossom bulb under
The seed words generated by your wallet is not some random words. These words are pulled from a specific set of 2048 words known as BIP39 word list. It is currently available in English, French, Italian, Japanese, Chinese, Korean, Spanish and Czech.
However do note that most wallets only supports English word list.
BIP39 English word list: https://github.com/bitcoin/bips/blob/master/bip-0039/english.txt
Let’s now see the list of wallets that support BIP 39 seed.
List of BIP 39/32/44 compatible wallets
Before you take a look at the list of BIP39 supported wallets here is something to note.
BIP39 is the industry standard for many hierarchically deterministic (HD) wallets. Hardware wallets such as Ledger, Trezor and Keepkey uses BIP39 standard for the generation of master key. By default these wallets generate 24 word mnemonic.
On the other hand there are wallets such as electrum that uses BIP32 type seed word which only have 12 words.
An example of BIP32 seed phrase:
witch collapse feed practice shame despair open road creek again ice least
Even though it uses BIP32 method you can still import BIP39 seeds into Electrum wallet. Also other than BIp32 there is BIP44 version which some wallet use for the generation of seeds.
While you cannot import BIP39 seed words into these wallets directly you can use tools like Ian Coleman’s tool: https://iancoleman.github.io/bip39/ to convert BIP39 to other methods. The tool is open source. Also you can download it and use it offline. Use it at your own risk.
So basically you can import BIP39 seed to any wallet that is BIP 32/39/44 compatible.
Now before you import your existing recover phrase to any of these wallet here is a security advise.
- The order of the mnemonic phrase matters. If you mess up the order then you cannot recover your wallet. All your funds will be lost forever. Ensure you have a proper backup.
- Always download / buy wallets from official website. Verify checksum and wallet signature before using it
- Do not disclose your seed. Do not type it on a website. Also do not store them electronically.
- Software wallets are vulnerable to hacks and are less secure compared to hardware wallets. Be careful before importing your seed. If the software wallet is compromised then your funds could be stolen.
Protecting your wallet should be your own responsibility.
Alright! Let’s now check out the complete list of BIP 39 wallets.
BIP 39 wallets
Below is the list of cryptocurrency wallets (hardware / software – desktop / web / mobile ) that supports BIP 32/39/44.
|Cold Card Wallet||https://coldcardwallet.com/|
|Software Wallets (Desktop)||Website|
|Jaxx (Desktop / Mobile)||https://jaxx.io/|
|Coinomi (Desktop / Mobile)||https://coinomi.com/|
|Atomic Cryptocurrency Wallet (Desktop / Mobile)||https://atomicwallet.io/|
|Bither (Desktop / Mobile)||https://bither.net/|
|Samourai Wallet (Desktop / Mobile)||https://samouraiwallet.com/|
|Coin Wallet (Desktop / Mobile)||https://coin.space/|
|Blockstream Green (Desktop / Mobile)||https://blockstream.com/green/|
|Wasabi Wallet (Desktop / Mobile)||https://wasabiwallet.io/|
|Mobile Wallets (Android / IOS)||Website|
|Eidoo (Desktop / Mobile)||https://eidoo.io/|
|My Crypto Wallet||https://mycrypto.com/account|
|My Ether Wallet||https://www.myetherwallet.com/|
Do your research and use it at your own risk.
We’ll keep updating this post in the future if we ever come across any other wallets that supports this standard. Also if you know any or if you find the list to be incorrect then please let us know in the comments below.