Understand the significance of a recovery phrase. Learn how to create, reset, safeguard it, and use it to recover your Internet Identity.

Why Do I Get "Invalid Recovery Phrase" When I Try to Recover My Internet Identity?

Most likely, the recovery phrase is not BIP-39 compatible.


An Internet Identity-generated recovery phrase will only contain 24 BIP-39-compatible words. Some BIP-39 backup solutions only allow storing the first 4 letters, in compliance with the BIP-39 protocol. While BIP-39 was designed to only use the first 4 letters of each word, Internet Identity will not "re-inflate" the words for you, so you may need to do that to recover your Internet Identity.

Learn more about BIPs on Github.