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Check Backup on Model T

The dry-run recovery is a useful way to test your recovery seed. It is recommended to test your seed before you wipe the Trezor device or before every firmware update. It allows you to double check that your recovery seed backup is correct.

By starting the verification process, you are telling the device that you want to run the recovery process, but you do not want the device to remember the seed. Instead, the device compares the seed saved in its storage and the seed you have just “recovered,” and the result of this comparison is sent to the Wallet interface. If the seeds match, a message on your Trezor device screen will tell you your backup is okay. If it is not the same, then the device screen will show you an error.

See also the blog article Test your seed backup: Dry-run recovery

What you’ll need before starting a dry-run recovery:

  • Trezor Model T + connecting USB cable
  • Trezor Suite Desktop App (or access to Trezor Suite for Web)
  • Your completed recovery seed card

Dry-run recovery using Trezor Suite:

  • Open the Trezor Suite Desktop App (alternatively you can use Trezor Suite for web)
  • Connect your initialized Trezor and enter your PIN
  • In Trezor Suite, go to the Device Settings page, which can be accessed via:
    • The Settings gear icon in the top-right corner of Suite, then choose ‘Device’ from the menu
    • Click on your Trezor device name in the top-left corner of Suite and select the Settings gear icon, which will take you directly to the ‘Device Settings’ page
  • In the Device Settings menu, navigate to the first set of options named ‘Wallet Backup’ — here you will find the item 'Check backup':
  • In the 'Check backup' window, check the ‘I understand’ box and then click on Start:
  • In the next step, you will be prompted to follow the instructions displayed on the screen of your Trezor Model T:
  • This step requires you to enter every word of your recovery seed phrase in order, so make sure you have your complete and accurate recovery seed card to hand (don’t worry, you can unplug your device and return to the dry run at a later time)
  • Once you’ve correctly entered all of the words, you will see the following confirmation dialogue:
  • You can then click the 'Close' button, and you’ll be taken back to the Device Settings page in Suite
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