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(Last Updated On: March 14, 2018)

In theory, you can, but you really don’t want to. The ethereum wallet does not support the sending ERC20 tokens. If you send or ask to receive any of these tokens to your wallet you will not be able to send them or view the balance of the tokens while logged into your wallet. In this article, we will show you want to do if you have made this error.

What To Do If You’ve Sent ERC20 Tokens To Your Wallet

I know that you’ll first of all panic, however, try to relax, all is not lost since you have complete control over your funds you will be able to export the private key for your ethereum address and import it into another ethereum wallet that does support ERC20 tokens such as INS Ecosystem and ICON. In our example we’ll be showing how you can import your private keys to MyEtherWallet.

Backing up your wallet is extremely important to do before importing your private keys into an ERC20 Tokens wallet. Creating the backup phrase will ensure that secure your bitcoin and ethereum balances.

Within your web wallet, you’ve got the option of exporting the private key for your ethereum address.

To export your ethereum private key start by clicking ETHER in the left-hand menu:

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Press Continue and, once you have entered your main wallet password, the private key will be displayed. You can copy the private keys, because you will need them later. Do not store them on your computer, consider using a USB memory stick and deleting them after they have been imported to your new ethereum ERC20 compatible wallet.

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As mentioned in the warning in the below, you must never share this information with anyone. Having access to a private key means access to all the funds held at that address. private keys warning

Importing Your Private Keys To MyEtherWallet

On MyEtherWallet, you will need to click on the tab which says Send Ether & Tokens (mark 1. in the image below). One of the options for loading a wallet is “Private Key” (marked 2. in the image below).

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Click “Private Key” and paste the unencrypted private key that you copied from This key should be 64 characters long. Click the Unlock button which will then appear and you now have access to your wallet! If the unlock button does not appear, then this means you have not imported a 64 character key – it might be 1 less or 1 more, check that there are no spaces after the key.

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