Selling your Bitcoin Gold from a Bitcoin Paper Wallet using only an iPhone and Mac

Private keys are precious

If you have had a bitcoin paper wallet for any length of time then the paper wallet contains keys that hold bitcoin, bitcoin cash, and bitcoin gold (amongst other forks and snapshots). Redeeming and separating these coins presents a challenge: The private key is the same for each of them, so any software you expose the private key to could steal all of them.

Move the most valuable and most trusted coin first

It’s kind of like peeling an onion. First you expose your private key to move the bitcoins, then bitcoin cash, then bitcoin gold. I used this order because each step poses more risks of losing your coins, and so moving the coins by order of value minimizes the odds that coins will be stolen or lost.

Finally I had isolated the paper wallet to only bitcoin gold

Now came the challenging part: Bitcoin gold team security is highly questionable and I found a number of instances where recommended wallets had stolen funds from users. Here, Here, and Here.

Then it got more complicated than I had expected

After looking at Bitpie reviews and seeing that a user said it stole their money on the only English review in the iOS App Store, I decided I could not trust it. At the time of writing, that is the only iOS wallet available that lists as compatible.

Attempt 1: VMWare Fusion running Linux to install the bitcoin gold core wallet

I first went down the path of setting up a VMWare Fusion Ubuntu virtual machine and then attempting to install bitcoin gold core, but I discovered this approach would take a lot of time and more hard drive space than I was happy with. The blockchain torrent is over 100GB, so I gave up on that approach.

Attempt 2: Android Emulator on Mac

I chose NOX as an Android emulator, and downloaded Coinomi APK from their website. After installing NOX and then installing the Coinomi apk, I was running Coinomi on my mac in NOX and was able to setup a bitcoin gold wallet for the first time.


Once configured I used the “Sweep Wallet” option to move the bitcoin gold off the paper wallet and into the Coinomi wallet. Unfortunately the camera emulation in NOX did not work on my mac and so I had to manually type in the paper wallet private key. Regardless, it worked, and I was almost immediately able to send my bitcoin gold from Coinomi to my Bittrex account where I could then sell it for something else.



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👑Dan Rice

👑Dan Rice

Co-Founder and CTO 👑Bling Financial — Let’s make money fun