How to Add a Watch-Only Wallet Address

Watch-only wallets, also known as view-only wallets, allow you to observe and track the public address of any wallet. This can be a wallet that you own the secret phrase or private keys to, or a wallet that you do not control.

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How to add a watch-only wallet address to Trust Wallet

Adding a watch only address to Trust Wallet is simple. Here’s how:

  • Select the settings (gear symbol) from the main home screen (top left)
  • Select Wallets, then select the plus sign (+).
  • Choose Add existing wallet.
  • Choose View-only wallet.
  • Select the blockchain network you want to add the address for. Optionally, you can name the wallet.
  • Finally, paste in the address you want to watch and select Confirm.

Beware of watch-only wallet scams

Scammers often trick individuals by adding a watch-only wallet to your Trust Wallet, making it appear as if you've received funds. They then falsely claim that your wallet needs "unlocking" to access these funds and may ask for a payment or your private key or seed phrase to "unlock" it, aiming to steal your assets.

How to avoid watch-only wallet scams:

  • Protect Your Private Key and Seed Phrase: Never share your private key or seed phrase with anyone. Doing so compromises your wallet’s security, giving someone else full control over your assets.
  • Use a Blockchain Explorer for Verification: If you're unsure about a transaction, use a reliable blockchain explorer to check the wallet address. If the transaction seems off, you're likely facing a scam.
  • Understanding That Wallet Unlocking is a Myth: Trust Wallet doesn't require "unlocking" for fund access. Any requests for payments or personal information for unlocking purposes are clear scam indicators.

Frequently asked questions

How do I unlock or withdraw from watch-only address on Trust Wallet?

You cannot withdraw funds from a watch-only address. The only way to access the funds of any wallet is if you control the private keys or secret phrase of that wallet. Beware of any scams that say you can access funds from a watch-only wallet. Learn more here.

How do I get a private key for a watch-only Trust Wallet?

When you initially set up a wallet, you are given a 12-word secret phrase. Best practice is to note this down somewhere safe and keep it secure. You can only access the funds in watch-only wallets if you own the wallet and control its secret phrase or private keys. Beware of any scams that say you can access private keys you do not own.

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