Passphrase: an extra layer of protection

Stack up on security by adding an extra layer of protection to your wallet.

What is it?

A passphrase can be a word, phrase, sentence, or a combination of letters up to 50 characters long. When you connect your Trezor device, you’ll enter your pin, which will unlock your standard wallet. You can then enter your passphrase to access your hidden wallet.

How does it work?

If someone steals your Trezor device and recovery seed, they could steal your funds… unless you also have a passphrase. Your recovery seed will give you access to your standard wallet. Your passphrase + recovery seed will give you access to a hidden wallet.

How to set it up?

  1. Connect your Trezor to your device
  2. Open the settings menu in Trezor Suite
  3. Select the security section
  4. Click the toggle next to the passphrase section
  5. Enter any string of characters into the “Enter passphrase” field displayed below. With Trezor Model T, you can enter the passphrase on Trezor directly.


How to move my coins from a standard to a hidden wallet?

First, you'll need to access your hidden wallet by typing your passphrase into the “Enter passphrase” field and generating a receiving address there. Then you switch to your standard wallet and send the coins to the previously generated address via regular transaction. We recommend you send just a fraction of your coins first to ensure that the sent coins appear in your hidden wallet. You can then go ahead and transfer the rest.

Can I recover a hidden wallet without Trezor?

Yes, the Passphrase feature has been widely adopted, and any BIP39-compatible wallet can be used to recover your hidden wallet.

Does my passphrase stay the same even if I buy a new Trezor?

Sure, using a different passphrase would only lead to a different wallet. You must always type in the same passphrase initially used for creating the hidden wallet, no matter which hardware wallet or online app you use.

Don’t forget to memorize and write down your passphrase and store it in a safe place. Sleep well, knowing your coins are extra safe! For more info about a passphrase, check out this blog:

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4 thoughts on “Passphrase: an extra layer of protection”

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  2. Really good way to lock yourself out ive seen it on this sub reddit too many times

  3. When I use the trezor with metamask, it needs to open a browser to to enter the pass phrase.

    What happens if that site goes down?

  4. Write down your passphrase and store it in a different bank safe. If you don’t want to do that then don’t use a passphrase.

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