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If you set a restore height lower than the block height of your first incoming transaction, your wallet software will scan unnecessary blocks. In consequence, your initial wallet synchronization will take longer than necessary, but your wallet software will still work.
Therefore, if you're unsure about the block height of your first incoming transaction, it's always better to set a lower restore height instead of a higher one.
How to restore a wallet from mnemonic seed on Monero GUI
On the main menu, click on `Restore wallet from keys or mnemonic seed`.
The `Restore wallet` page will be displayed:
On `Wallet name`, enter the name of the wallet you want to create. You don't need to use the same name of the wallet being restored.
On `Wallet location`, choose where you want the wallet file to be saved.
Keep `Restore from seed` selected.
On the next field, type your 25 word `mnemonic seed`. It is expected that some mnemonic seeds have repeated words, as they work as a verification for errors (checksum).
Use the field `Seed offset passphrase` to enter your passphrase, if you have one. When you enter a passphrase, Monero GUI will use your mnemonic seed together with your passphrase to compute a new wallet.
The next field allows you to enter a `Restore height`. Even though this field is optional, it's not recommended to leave it blank, since setting a restore height makes your wallet synchronization faster. Ideally it should be the number of the block which included the first incoming transaction to your wallet:
Alternatively, you can also enter the date or an estimated date (YYYY-MM-DD format) of the first incoming transaction:
After entering your restore height, click on `Next` button.
On the next page, give your wallet a strong password and confirm it. Since your wallet will hold your private keys and seed, it is really important to enter a strong password.
![wallet password](/img/resources/user-guides/en/restore_account/wallet-password.png)