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How to recover a cryptocurrency sent to the unintended chain (EVM chains only)
How to recover a cryptocurrency sent to the unintended chain (EVM chains only)

Step-by-step instructions for recovering crypto sent to the wrong EVM chain

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Written by Farhan
Updated over a week ago


If you mistakenly sent an asset to the wrong Ethereum Virtual Machine (EVM)-compatible chain, your asset is not lost. You simply need to manually “import” it so you can view and manage it in the Wallet app.

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How to use this guide

In this guide we’ll describe what to do if you accidentally send “native” MATIC tokens (ie. MATIC tokens that exist on the Polygon network) to your Ethereum wallet. Note that this process will work for any ERC-20 token that is sent to the wrong EVM-compatible chain (Ethereum, Polygon, Avalanche), but you’ll need to adapt the following steps accordingly.

Step 1: Manual backup

Write down your 12-word recovery phrase for the wallet your tokens were accidentally sent to. In this case, that’s your Ethereum wallet. Your recovery phrase can be found in Settings > Backup & Security > Manual backup.

Step 2: Add or import

Tap on the "+ ADD/IMPORT" button from the app's home screen.

Step 3: Select chain

Under "Asset type," select the chain that the tokens should have been sent to. In this case that’s Polygon (MATIC). Enter your 12-word backup phrase from ETH wallet.

When entering your phrase, all words must be lowercase

Step 4: Finish up

Once you have entered all 12 words correctly, tap import. In this case, you’ll tap "IMPORT MATIC WALLET".

If you have followed all the steps correctly, your wallet will now display the correct assets and balance.

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