Account Management
Create & Manage Account

Create and Use an Account on Tangle Network


This guide will walk you through creating and managing your account on the Tangle Network through offical apps and browser extensions, which is the most common way users interface with the network.

Simplifying Technical Terms

  • Mnemonic Phrase: A secret set of words that allows access to your funds. Think of it as a password.
  • Substrate-Based Chains: Different blockchains built using the Substrate framework, like Tangle Network.
  • A Substrate or 'SS58' Address Format: A type of address format used in Substrate chains, including Polkadot and Tangle Network.

Browser Extension Wallets: Options

This guide will focus on Polkadot Apps browser extension, a widely trusted system created by the developers of the Polkadot and Substrate ecosystems, however, it's important to note that this browser extension does only one thing: it manages accounts and allows the signing of transactions with those accounts. It does not inject providers for use by dapps at this early point, nor does it perform wallet functions, e.g send funds. You will use a web interface to conduct those transactions.

There are several wallets for browser and mobile developed for Substrate chains. See our full Wallets page for details.

Step-by-Step Guide with Visual Aids

  1. Install the Browser Extension and Open Polkadot Apps Interface

  2. Open the Extension

    Open the Extension

    • Click on the extension icon in your browser's toolbar.
  3. Create a New Account

    Add your account

    • Click on the "+" button or choose "Create new account."
  4. Secure Your Mnemonic Phrase

    Save your mnemonic

    • Write down the mnemonic phrase and store it in a secure location.
  5. Set a Password

    • Create a strong password for additional security.
  6. Load the Account Page in Polkadot Apps

    Account List in Polkadot Apps

    • Now you have a working account, and can use it in Polkadot Apps.

    Click the Account Tab

    • Go to the Account tab.
    • Use your account to conduct transactions or other activities.

    Accounts Page in Polkadot Apps

Emphasizing Security Tips

  • Store Your Mnemonic Phrase Safely: Use a secure physical location or a password manager.
  • Keep Your Password Secure: Use a combination of letters, numbers, and symbols.

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

  • What if the extension isn't working? Check if you have the latest version of the browser and the extension.

  • How do I recover my account if I lose my mnemonic phrase? Unfortunately, if you lose your mnemonic phrase, you cannot recover your account. Always keep it safe.

  • How do I ensure the browser extension is legitimate? Download extensions only from official browser stores and verify the publisher's name.

Use Case Examples

Once your account is set up, you can:

  • Transfer Tokens: Send and receive tokens within the Tangle Network.
  • Participate in Governance: Vote on network decisions and proposals.
  • Interact with Tangle Network Features: Access various applications and services on the Tangle Network.

Next Steps