Say I have a cold storage wallet, is there any way I can make a view only wallet with GUI?

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The GUI can now create view only wallets. I've not used the GUI in a while, so I'm unable to give detailed steps, however. Please someone who knows post an answer :) See JollyMort's answer below, I can't delete an accepted answer.

Original answer is now obsolete, as pointed out below:

The GUI does not support view only wallets yet.

However, if you don't really care about having a correct balance, and just want to see incoming transfers (ie, not see spends), you should be able to load a view only wallet made by monero-wallet-cli into the GUI. There may be glitches.

  • Has this answer changed since January 1? Will the upcoming mobile apps offer this functionality?
    – user36100
    Jul 14, 2017 at 6:25
  • It has. I'll update the answer now.
    – user36303
    Jul 14, 2017 at 13:57

Yes, it is possible since monero-gui- release.

Open your wallet from the GUI, and in the Settings tab you have the Create view only wallet button.

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Click on it, and a window will show up letting you choose the name of the view-only wallet file and its location.

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Give it a password,

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and you will see a confirmation that it has been created.

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    tats creating a new wallet in view only mode, but how do you load up your view pub and spend pub keys into it? Oct 19, 2017 at 22:57

you can also import your private keys, and leave out the private spend key. the result will be a view only wallet

see here for details on how to do that:

How to restore a Monero wallet from Private Keys

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