When you first set up your Trezor hardware wallet device, you are asked to write down your recovery phrase. This recovery phrase is crucial as it’s the only way to get access back to your funds if the device breaks, or if you have to set up the device again for whatever reason. But what if you’re thinking, maybe you’ve written it down wrong?
Well, it’s good practice to verify the recovery phrase, to make sure you didn’t make any mistakes when writing it down. Trezor has a function called “check recovery seed” which is the new name for “Dry Run Recovery” which has been part of the Trezor firmware since version 1.5.1. This functionality used to be available only through the command-line interface but was added into the wallet interface after a lot of requests.
Trezor Passphrase Recovery Check – Step by Step Guide
It’s a simple and straightforward process. By starting the verification process, you’re telling the device that you want to run the recovery process, but that you do not want the device to remember the seed. Instead, the device compares the seed saved in its storage and the seed you have just “recovered,” and the result of this comparison is sent to the Wallet interface. If the seeds match, Trezor Wallet will tell you your backup is okay. If it is not the same, then the Wallet will show you an error.
Step 1: Open and Connect Your Trezor
The first step is to head over to the Trezor Wallet user interface which is reachable at wallet.trezor.io. You’ll then need to connect and unlock your Trezor device. Once connected, head over to your device settings by clicking on your device’s name in the top left of your screen. Followed by selecting “Advanced” and “Check recovery seed”. Click onto “Continue”.
Step 2: Start the Recovery Check
Head over to your Trezor device and confirm that you would like to check the recovery seed by pressing onto the green tick. You’ll then need to enter your pin to confirm and select the number of words in your security phase from 12, 18, 20, 24 or 33.
Enter every word in your phrase by selecting the first few letters that make up your words, and your Trezor will automatically pre-fill with suggestions which you can select by pressing the tick. Complete the same process for all your words within your phrase.
Step 3: Seed Matches or Seed Errors
If the Wallet interface tells you your seed matches, then great, the job is completed. If the Wallet displays an error, you’ll want to move all your assets across to a new wallet with a new seed. Move your coins to a different wallet first, wipe your device, and then set it up again. Write down the new recovery seed and then send your coins back to the newly set up Trezor.