How to Claim Bitcoin Cash from Blockchain Wallet

After the recent hard fork on 1st August, most bitcoin users who own the private keys to their bitcoin (BTC) in their Blockchain wallet before that date are wondering how they could claim the equal number of Bitcoin Cash (BCC) due to this event. Today, we will explore one option of doing that, using the multi-cryptocurrency online wallet Coinomi.

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As at time of writing, Coinomi is only available on Android and is downloadable from the Play Store. We are not sure if this wallet will be made available to iPhone and iOS users soon, but iOS users will need to find an alternative way for the time being.

For those of you who are using an Android phone, head to the Google Play Store and download Coinomi. If you have installed Coinomi previously, head to the Play Store and ensure that you have updated to the latest version.

The following procedure makes the following assumptions and with the requirements that:

  • EITHER, the Coinomi wallet on your phone is newly installed from scratch. (See Steps a1 and a2 below)
  • OR, the Coinomi wallet had been previously installed (See Steps b1 and b2)
  • there are currently no funds of any cryptocurrency in the Coinomi wallet
  • the latest version of Coinomi wallet is installed
  • you will need to have the 12-word passphrase derived from your Blockchain wallet ready

Please note the following precautions before performing the procedure:

  • Do NOT transfer any bitcoin within or out of your Blockchain wallet at any point. If you’re thinking of adding bitcoin from a different Blockchain wallet and merging them, please note that any movement of bitcoin after 1st August (even those which had been in your custody before 1st August) will be treated as newly recorded bitcoin and these will not be converted to Bitcoin Cash. I lost a fraction of a Bitcoin Cash because of this, as you will see below.
  • The following procedure requires that the Coinomi wallet be restored. If you had used Coinomi prior to this, please note that this will override your existing wallet, and data from that may only be recovered if the recovery phrase for your Coinomi wallet is backed up. We have not tried working with an existing Coinomi wallet in use, and the steps below involve working with a fresh installation of Coinomi.

The following guide is best viewed on your laptop or desktop monitor, while you work the procedure on your smartphone.

If you’re ready, we may begin!

how to claim bitcoin cash with coinomi First things first, if you have not done so, download and install the latest version of Coinomi from Google Play on your Android smartphone..

A. If Coinomi is installed from scratch

how to claim bitcoin cash a1. If you have not used Coinomi before, this is likely the screen you will see at launch. Click on Restore Wallet.
how to claim bitcoin cash a2. Understand that you will be overriding your existing wallet, if any, in this step. Your existing wallet will be lost unless you backed up your recovery phrase. Click Confirm to proceed. Refer to Step 3 below.

B. If Coinomi was previously installed but never used

how to claim bitcoin cash b1. Launch the Coinomi wallet on your smartphone. Click on the menu toggle on the top right, and click on Settings in the drop down menu.
how to claim bitcoin cash b2. In the list on the next screen, click Restore Wallet. Refer to Step 3 below.

Restoring The Wallet

how to claim bitcoin cash 3. Key in the 12-word passphrase in succession one word after another with space in between. Check that the 12 words are typed in correctly, and click Next. Leave the Use a BIP39 Passphrase box unchecked.
how to claim bitcoin cash 4. Type and re-type a secure password that you would normally use when handling finances. The password is required to be at a minimum of 10 characters. Click Next when done.
how to claim bitcoin cash 5. On this screen, select Bitcoin and click Finish.
how to claim bitcoin cash 6. View the Terms of Service and Legal Disclaimer and click Agree if you do. You have to agree if you want to proceed.
how to claim bitcoin cash 7. You will then see the Dashboard, showing you the balance of bitcoin that should tally with the amount in your Blockchain wallet. If this number does not tally, see footnotes below. Refer to Step 8 below to claim your Bitcoin Cash.

Claiming the Bitcoin Cash

how to claim bitcoin cash 8. Click on the menu at top left, and click on + COINS at the bottom of the menu.
how to claim bitcoin cash 9. Select Bitcoin Cash from the list.
how to claim bitcoin cash 10. Type BCC in the Description field, and key in your secure password. If this is the first time you are using Coinomi, key in a secure password that you would normally use as a wallet password. Click on Advanced Settings below the Password field. Do not click Add just yet!
how to claim bitcoin cash 11. Key in M/44H/0H/0H in the Derivation path (BIP32) field. That’s zeroH/zeroH. Now click Add.
how to claim bitcoin cash 12. Your Bitcoin Cash (shown as BCH) balance will begin with zero. Previous BTC transaction records prior to 1st August will now be registered one after another…
how to claim bitcoin cash 13. …until the final Bitcoin Cash figure is displayed. And there’s your Bitcoin Cash! Congratulations!

We hope that you have managed to secure your Bitcoin Cash with the guide above. You may share this article with friends and those whom you know could benefit from some free Bitcoin Cash through the Share Buttons below.

If you discover that your Bitcoin Cash (BCH) figure does not tally with your bitcoin (BTC) figure in Coinomi or your Blockchain wallet (like I did in the above guide), it could likely be that some of your bitcoin in your Blockchain wallet is sitting in a different wallet address, or that you could have moved those bitcoin around after 1st August 2017.

Share with us your experience in the Comments section below.

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Thank you.

Disclaimer: Coin Purveyor assumes no responsibility and is not liable for any damages or losses in cryptocurrency funds as a direct or indirect result of the exercise above. You are advised to observe all warnings and precautions, and to carry out due diligence and research on any matter you may not be sure about before proceeding with anything.

UPDATE – 31st AUGUST 2017

SECURITY AND WARNING NOTICE: It has been brought to my knowledge that some who have used the Coinomi wallet to obtain their Bitcoin Cash in the last one month had found their Bitcoin stolen from their Coinomi wallet. It appears that Coinomi may not be a safe wallet, and probably why it was not available for download on the App Store as it didn’t meet Apple’s security guidelines. As such, those of you who had done the above and are still holding your Coinomi wallet in your smartphones, please transfer your Bitcoin Cash out to a more secure wallet – some are listed at https://www.bitcoincash.org/, and delete that Coinomi wallet. Deleting the Coinomi wallet should not affect the original bitcoin in your Blockchain wallet as they are both restored with the same private key and reading from the same space in the cloud. For added security measure, if you feel that your private keys or 12-word passphrase could have been compromised, you may choose to transfer the bitcoin from the original Blockchain wallet to another Blockchain wallet (with a different set of passphrase). Thank you.

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Ah Fatt
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Ah Fatt

Works well! 🙂 🙂

Sergios
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Sergios

thanks!!it worked!!

Sam
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Sam

So using this method you would have 0 remaining BTC in your blockchain.info wallet – and instead it would be in Coinomi?

Devon Buy
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Hi Sam, thanks for writing in! Not really. The Blockchain and Coinomi wallets both read from the same amount of bitcoins you have in the cloud, and since they both use the same 12-word passphrase, they both share the same private keys. Hence you will always see the amount synced on both wallets. If you were to try and transfer the BTC in your Coinomi wallet to the Blockchain wallet, the amount will remain the same, minus the transaction fee, so you would have lost a small amount in the form of transaction fee. To clear the BTC amount out… Read more »
Robert R
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Robert R

Thanks for sharing. I also have my BTC left in the Blockchain wallet, but I want to use Coinomi from now on.
Is there a way to safely remove the BTC from my Blockchain wallet? I don’t want the added security risk of leaving it in the cloud.

Jaimin P
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Jaimin P

Hi, i tried this method but dont see any BCC added. Is it because my bitcoins were in an alternate wallet on blockchain before Aug. 1? I created the 12 word phase before doing this procedure. Is there any other way to claim BCC?

Devon Buy
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Hi Jaimin, Yes, it could be that the bitcoins were in an alternate wallet on blockchain. Only the BTC that sits in “My Bitcoin Wallet – default” part of your core wallet will split into the corresponding equal number of BCC. However, it could also be that you needed to create the 12-word passphrase before 1st August for it to be backed up and registered before that date. A lot of anything outside of what I have written in the article above is experimental, and I can’t be sure of a definite solution to your problem. I hope that some… Read more »
Jaimin
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Jaimin

Hey Devon,
I was able to successfully claim my BCC. The problem was the private key Blockchain provides for its “Imported Wallets” is a compressed one. I was able to get the Private key from http://www.bitaddress.org – Wallet Details, where you enter your private key and it shows you both your compressed and uncompressed private keys. When I swiped in Coinomi with the correct key, the BCC appreared right away. Still waiting for confirmations. Please update your readers who had BTC in Imported Wallets on Blockchain.info wallets.

Thanks a ton.

Lanka
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Lanka

Hey. I´m in a similar situation. I had BTC in in blockchain.info at the time of the fork. Only a little bit in the wallet, but most in an imported address. I managed to get my smaller amount on Coinomi, but not the bigger. Your tip about bitadress took me 1 step further, i am now able to for example connect the bigger amount with Mycelium. But when I try to sweep the same wallet private key in coinomi I’m just sent to a white page, then sent back to my wallet page with the same amount as before.

max_hustle
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max_hustle

Ok, I managed to suss it out. I used Electron cash wallet on desktop and created a new wallet. Pretty much according to this: http://www.techradar.com/how-to/how-to-claim-bitcoin-cash-bcc-using-the-electron-cash-wallet
You can skip the installing of Electrum where you’d move your old BTC out of harms way if you don’t want to trust Electron Cash wallet with your private keys.

I hope it helps.
Cheers

rhyd3n
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rhyd3n

If you had an imported wallet on Blockchain.info that was created way back in the old days (2014-2015), then you might have a wallet.aes.json file sent to your e-mail address that you signed up with. Perhaps you created a multibit .key or multibit .wallet file. You can unlock such files using this tool I found on bitcointalk.org. https://github.com/prof7bit/wallet-key-tool . It let me view my true private key.

max_hustle
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max_hustle
Hi Jaimin, I am in the process of doing the same thing but would appreciate some clarification to a few points. My coins have been and still are sitting in blockchain.info imported wallets, not My bitcoin wallet. However coinomi wants a passphrase, and not a private key.. I tried to use the private key of a single imported address with low balance for blockchain just to try it out. No success there obviously. So how do I go about it? Should I transfer everything from imported wallets to My bitcoin wallet, then use the 12 word backup phrase of that… Read more »
Jaimin
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Jaimin
Hi Max, Do not transfer your BTC to My Wallet unless you need to move them or else you end up paying the transfer fees. However, I do suggest you create the 12 word passphrase if you plan to use the Blockchain wallet in the future. Coinomi wants the Blockchain passphrase to link your My Wallet to Coinomi and since most of your BTC are in Imported Wallet, there is no point in restoring a wallet this way. The private key shown in your Blockchain Imported Wallet(s) is the compressed address(key) and hence will not work in Coinomi when you… Read more »
Jaimin
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Jaimin
Thanks for the reply. So during the fork my BTC were in “Imported Wallets” on my Blockchain wallet. I had transferred them to “My Bitcoin Wallet” and then back again to my “Imported Wallets” after the fork to try out the above method. As of now they sit in “My Bitcoin Wallet”. I tried sweeping that Imported Wallet in Coinomi to which I had the private key. But no luck. It says the private key does not have any funds. Do you suggest I move to a completely new wallet and then try again? Will i be able to claim… Read more »
Ant
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Ant

Seems to be an easy way to claim the bcc. Think I will try this out, but Im not sure if this is 100% safe. I have just seen one person that recommends this guide.

Devon Buy
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Hi Ant, A few people I know have tried this and it worked. I have also done it for a friend and it was pretty straightforward. The guide above was also shared on a forum where those who have tried claimed that it worked. I believe the method above works and is fool-proof. However, the usual disclaimer applies, and the procedure is done entirely at the wallet owner’s risk and responsibility. Do not transfer BTC out of your Blockchain wallet in an attempt to reduce the amount of BTC so that you may experiment this in a safe way. I… Read more »
Setebos
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Setebos
I have not moved any bitcoins out of my blockchain wallet since after the fork but I would much rather secure my bitcoins to my trezor before entering the 12 word phrase from blockchain and trying to get my bcc via this method, just to make sure they are safe before exposing the phrase to another wallet. Would that work too? I saw that you do not advise to transfer any bitcoins out of the blockchain wallet but the bcc should still be at the corresponding private key addresses, bitcoins moved or not, shouldn’t they? If I understand this correctly… Read more »
Devon Buy
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Hi Setebos, Thanks for writing in! If your bitcoins were secured in your Trezor before 1st August, I am quite sure that you will be able to claim the equivalent amount in BCC. But if you were to backup that same amount to your Trezor after the 1st, I am not sure if the BTC would split into the corresponding equal amount of BCC. I do not have a Trezor, so can’t advise on this particular method. However, I have used the above method successfully to claim my BCC. So the Coinomi wallet now shows both the BTC and BCC,… Read more »
Mr .H
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Mr .H
Arrrghhh. I did this and when coinomi synced with My Blockchain Wallet the coinomi BTC balance was “0”. I created the blockchain.info passphrase last year sometime and have over 5btc sitting in my blockchain.info Bank. However, and this is a big however, back in Feb with the price was shooting up and it was worth over £5k again I decided to move my BTC into a new wallet in blockchain I named My Master Wallet. So I assume there is no passphrase for extra wallets in blockchain.info and you cant yet find your private key to export it? So I… Read more »
Devon Buy
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Hi Mr H, Yeah, I had a similar problem with a small number of bitcoin sitting in a sub-wallet address within my main blockchain wallet that didn’t split to BCC when I performed the procedure above. Luckily it was only 0.199 BTC, but still…. If you had exported it out to another new separate blockchain wallet, there should be another set of 12=word passphrase to that wallet. But I am not sure if you needed to back that up before 1st August or not. I am guessing you could transfer the first set of BCC out to another BCC-supported wallet,… Read more »
Mr .H
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Mr .H
@ Devon Buy. Reading the blockchain.info FAQ I noticed that when you make a new wallet, you actually do it under the “Addresses” in “Settings” , and all it seems to do is create a new empty bitcoin virtual wallet that you can label how you wish, I created a 3rd one I called test. However when I looked in test as it was new and never done a transaction it contained no bitcoin addresses, used, or unused. I also noticed on the manage tab to the right of each virtual wallet you have the option to set one to… Read more »
vijay
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vijay

HI, i am facing the same problem.Did u manage get it to work?

Devon Buy
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Hi Mr H, Thanks for the detailed response! It’s nice to see some exchange of ideas going on here! I am not sure if by changing the sub wallet address to default, that would work. I did it differently from what you proposed when I did the procedure above. I transferred the 0.199 BTC in my sub wallet address to the “My Bitcoin Wallet – Default”, so that my entire sum now sits in the main core wallet part, and then did the procedure above. Still, Coinomi wouldn’t split that 0.199 BTC to BCC for me. I wonder if that… Read more »
vijay
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vijay

I have figured out the solution for this. I have done it and it works. Do contact me at jvijay5671@gmail.com and i will let u know what to do. I don’t use this chat very often so drop me a mail and i will try to to let u know.

Regards,

Vijay

JSOLO
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JSOLO

Worked perfect, glad I waited for these instructions, THANK YOU

Devon Buy
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Hi JSolo,

I am glad this worked out perfectly for you!

Thanks for letting us know!

Ben
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Ben

What if you have a legacy phrase of 19 words! :O It won’t pick up my account

Ben
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Ben

You can back up your new phrase on blockchain. Found it 🙂

Devon Buy
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Cool! 😉

laura maldovani
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Hello,

I just followed these really great instructions, but it’ still at 0. I moved all my BTC from blockchain.info to coinbase just the other day as it was recommended to do this (when I was going to try to claim BCC through Electrum, but couldn’t follow the instructions).. I didn’t touch the BTC on or around 1st August and had my seed a few days before the fork. Should it come through?

Thanks very much

Devon Buy
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Hi Laura, Thanks for writing in. Some of the BTC I had moved out of blockchain.info after 1st August did not split into BCC as well, and I am not sure if that is similar to what you are facing. When you mentioned “just the other day”, I am assuming you had moved all your BTC from blockchain.info to coinbase AFTER 1st August as well, is that right? I cannot confirm if BCC can still be claimed from any BTC moved or transferred AFTER 1st August. In my own experience, it did not work, but I am hoping if there… Read more »
Lisa Balazs
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Lisa Balazs

Thanks so much this worked for me!!! By the way, checking the BIP39 box for step 3 is not necessary!

Devon Buy
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Thank you Lisa for your feedback! 🙂

Al Nixon
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Al Nixon

Great guide, thanks for posting, I moved all my BTC out of my Blockchain.info wallet (as advised on another website) after the 1st August and then tried to claim my BCC on Coinomi but with no success – does this mean I will have lost my BCC ?

laura
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laura

Similar thing has happened to me…..I was going to try to claim it through Electrum and was told to move it to a different wallet. This coinomi way seemed much easier, but no coin is showing now:(

If anyone has any advice that would be great.

Devon Buy
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Sorry to hear about that Laura.

The Coinomi method above requires that none of the bitcoin be moved from their original location in the Blockchain wallet, and any transfer and movement of BTC after the 1st did not seem to result in a split to BCH/BCC.

Devon Buy
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Hi Al Nixon,

Thanks for the feedback!

I am afraid that’s the outcome with BTC moved out and around after 1st August, even those moved around within the same Blockchain wallet ID. That was my experience, and I haven’t come across anything online that says these can be salvaged. Unfortunately.

Hopefully, someone can shed some light and perhaps post a solution for this in the near future. All the best!

Guest
Guest
Guest

Hi. If I created the 12-word passphrase on blockchain after August 1st do I Still have my BCC?

Devon Buy
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I tried that (creating the 12-word passphrase on blockchain after August 1st) with a friend’s wallet (he had forgotten to do it), and he proceeded to do the procedure above and managed to claim his BCC from that. It worked with my friend’s wallet, but I am not sure if this will work all the time. If you do try it, do share with us your experience. Thanks!

matt
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matt

Hi everyone! If I have bitcoins on blockchain.info wallet in imported adress so I own private key… what I have to do for get BCC? Send to default adress in block. wallet and do steps by guide above? Thanks a lot! I´m a begginer bitcoin fan..

Devon Buy
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Hi Matt,

Do not transfer or move your bitcoin anywhere. Doing so may prevent you from claiming your BCC as described above. Just restore the wallet in Coinomi as outlined in the procedure above, and you should be able to claim your BCC.

Dave
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Dave

This is excellent! Thank you so much for this, I was not aware of the Coinomi wallet – which looks very nice.
Now that I’ve got Coinomi with both BTC and BCC I am considering adding other coins and making this my main wallet. Do you know if I were to use this wallet for other coins like ether, can my original pass phrase be used to restore all my coins should something happen to my phone?

Devon Buy
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Yes, I believe the restore wallet feature in Coinomi using the passphrase works similarly as the Blockchain bitcoin wallet. FYI, Blockchain has just added the ability to store ETH on their popular wallet. You may refer to https://techcrunch.com/2017/08/17/bitcoin-wallet-blockchain-adds-ethereum-support/ . Jaxx is another wallet on your smartphone you may want to consider. It has a beautiful user interface (nicer than Coinomi IMHO) and a powerful feature to convert between cryptocurrencies using the built-in ShapeShift API. A brief rundown of its features may be viewed at https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Wu7jsarwfa4. More information on Jaxx may also be found on their website at https://jaxx.io/. There were… Read more »
Alan Scholefield
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Alan Scholefield

This guide looks great – can I then move my bitcoin cash to another address, say on Bittrex for trading? Thanks.

Devon Buy
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Yes Alan, you should be able to. I haven’t personally tried it yet, but I reckon it should work.

saten
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saten

hi
derivation path is not editable
what to do
pls help

Devon Buy
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Strange, a non-editable derivation path has never been encountered or reported. Are you using the latest version of Coinomi? If your Coinomi wallet is currently empty, you could try deleting/uninstalling it and reinstall the latest version from Google Play. After that, redo the exact steps outlined above to the letter.

All the best!

marcial
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marcial

yo uso copay pero me sale que la frase no coinside y lo tengo aca en mano

sunil
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sunil

you are just great

Hamtown
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Hamtown
I created a Blockchain.info wallet (not imported) before the BCC fork and ended up with BCC in my blockchain.info wallet. I could see the BCC when I logged into my blockchain wallet. On Dec. 7, 2017, Blockchain recommended that I upgrade my wallet for security. I did so and now my BCC are gone. I also cannot see any of my transactions prior to the upgrade, as it appears a new wallet was created. My login in credentials did not change, therefore, I cannot see my old wallet with the BCC. Are my BCC gone?
Devon+Buy
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First of all, does the amount of BCC that you received tally with the amount of BTC you had in your Blockchain wallet before the fork? If it does, then your BCC should be valid. You should also note that your BCC is only viewable in the Blockchain wallet on the desktop/laptop browser and not on the smartphone app. Having cleared the above doubts, if you believe that your BCC is still missing, you should write in to Blockchain support and enquire.

Hopefully, your BCC issue will be resolved. Thank you.

Hamtown
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Hamtown

Thank you for the reply. Yes, I had exactly the same amount of BCC as BTC in my account. I cannot see the BCC when I log in on my desktop. I have reached out Blockchain.info support but have not yet heard back. I will post again when I hear back.

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