When you first set up your Trezor One or Trezor Model T hardware wallet, you will be given your recovery passphrase to write down. This recovery seed phrase is crucial, as it’s the only way to gain access to your Trezor if your device breaks or goes missing. But did you write down that passphrase correctly?
“Check Recovery Seed” is a feature from Trezor, where you can verify your recovery seed phrase, to make sure you didn’t make any mistakes when writing it down. This functionality was initially called “Dry Run Recovery” and used to be available through the command-line interface.
How to Use Trezor Check Recovery Seed Phrase?
To use Trezor “Check Recovery Seed” feature is a pretty 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 there isn’t a match, then the Wallet will show you an error.
Step 1: Open and Connect Your Trezor
- The first step is to head over to wallet.trezor.io
- Connect and unlock your Trezor wallet
- Go to device settings by clicking on your device’s name in the top left
- Select “Advanced” and then “Check Recovery Seed“
- Click “Continue“.
Step 2: Start the Recovery Check
- Head over to your Trezor wallet and confirm that you would like to “Check Recovery Seed” by pressing 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.
- 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 and create a new seed phrase. Move your crypto assets to another wallet first, wipe your device, and then set it up again. Write down the new recovery seed and then send your crypto back to the newly set up Trezor. Please note, sending crypto to and fro your Trezor will cost you fees depending on the crypto you hold.