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Tutorial: Backup Basics! The Best Ways to Backup Your Blockchain Wallet

Blockchain takes every precaution to keep your wallet safe, but it’s always better to keep a copy just in case. Backing up your Blockchain wallet is an important step in securing your bitcoins. It’s an easy step to forget to do, but in just a few clicks, you can successfully backup your wallet.

Why make a backup?

You want to secure your bitcoins in the event of various scenarios: what if your hard drive crashes and you lose your bitcoins; what if you lose your private key or forget your password? Whatever the case, backing up your wallet ensures you always have the public and private keys, which means you always own the bitcoins and have full control over them.

We’ll take you step-by-step through the top 3 options we recommend. The most secure options we recommend include downloading your wallet backup and making a paper wallet backup. Some backup options require you to remember a password.

Wallet-Backup

Downloading your wallet backup

Downloading your Blockchain.info wallet is the easiest step to back it up. After logging into My Wallet, on the bottom right of the screen click on Download. A JSON file will be downloaded to your computer, and you will be given instructions on how to restore your wallet from this type of backup. Make sure you save the JSON file safe and securely, preferably onto a USB drive and not stored on your computer. You can even password protect the file and encrypt the USB drive, if you wish. You will need your wallet password to decrypt your wallet file to reveal the public and private keys.

Paper

You can also create a paper wallet backup. To create a paper backup, after logging in click on the Paper button in the lower right corner. You will be prompted to re-enter your password for security reasons. When the paper backup displays, you will want to print the entire page and save the paper backup someplace secure, like in a safe. Ensure the paper wallet file is deleted from your computer once you’ve printed it. For a paper wallet, you will not need a password to access the keys.

[![A Sample of a Paper Wallet](http://blog.blockchain.com/content/images/2014/06/Paper-Wallet-Sample2.png)](http://blog.blockchain.com/content/images/2014/06/Paper-Wallet-Sample2.png)
A Sample Paper Wallet
**Email**

Having your wallet backup emailed to you is also easy. This is similar to downloading it, but it’s sent to you by email. It is extremely important that you have Two Factor Authentication set up and a secure password set up on your email before selecting this option.

Your Blockchain wallet must also have a verified email associated with it for this option to work. To verify your email, click on Account Settings, and enter the verification code sent to your email if you signed up with one. If you no longer have that code, click Resend Link to get an updated code, then click Verify.

After logging in, click on the Email button. Within a couple of minutes, you should get an email from Blockchain.info with your wallet backup. Make sure to also pre-approve @blockchain.info as a safe sender to ensure it doesn’t get caught in your spam filter. Once you get the email, you can download the attachment. Make sure you save the JSON file safe and securely, preferably on a USB drive. You can even password protect the file and encrypt the USB drive, if you wish.