Lost my ether from Metamask when I uninstalled it and it did not show up when reinstalled...but it is showing on Etherdelta with the no private key error in red. How do I recover it please? I'm leery of fooling around with private keys. Many thanks.

  • if you have taken the seed phrase, you can use it to restore your account.
    – Rajesh
    Mar 15 '18 at 5:02
  • thanks ...i forgot about this Q and managed to figure it out...much wiser now about these things...a few months later. Aug 14 '18 at 23:09

To restore your old MetaMask accounts, you need to have backed up your 12-word seed phrase.

When setting up MetaMask for the first time, it has a button for "Restore from seed phrase", but if you missed that part, you can still do it by these steps:

  • Select "Lock" in the top right menu.
  • Click "Restore from seed phrase"
  • Enter your 12-word seed phrase and a new password.
  • Click restore.
  • You will only have one account restored at first, click "Add account" (top right account menu) for any missing accounts.
  • Thank you for responding so quickly. I did do the restore step a couple of times with the seed words to no effect. However I didnt use the 'lock' step and i cannot see an option in the menus for that. Mar 15 '18 at 22:14
  • Do i need to uninstall and re install for that step? Mar 15 '18 at 22:16
  • It might say "Log out" instead of "Lock", the wording is changing right now. You do not need to reinstall MetaMask to do this.
    – DanF
    Mar 15 '18 at 23:21
  • omg...it worked!! Many thanks...didn't know to keep clicking new accounts and had forgotten that id created five ot them and my eth was in #4...awesome. Glad it was was a test amount i was playing with! Many thanks. Mar 16 '18 at 0:17
  • Thanks again DanF. I dont understand these sites or how to use them or how to vote etc...so not sure if there is anything further for me to do...just thanks muchly. Mar 16 '18 at 0:29

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