Parity Signer tutorial with Polkadot-js apps - Wiki Parity Tech Documentation

This tutorial will walk you through setting up a Kusama account with the Parity Signer Android or iOS App and then use this account together with Polkadot-js apps to see your balance and transfer funds or perform any extrinsic from this account.


1. Get Parity Signer mobile application

Device security

Parity Signer is meant to be used offline. The mobile device used to run Parity Signer will hold valuable information that needs to be kept securely stored. It is therefore advised to:

Please find more info here about the Parity Signer application.

Install Parity Signer mobile application

Install Parity Signer making sure that it originated from Parity Technologies

2. Setup or recover an account

When launching the app for the first time, no account has been set up yet. At this stage, you will either want to create an account directly from your mobile device or recover an account previously created.

Create an account

Click on the + button and select New Account.

The next screen will allow you to select a network for your account. Kusama is selected by default. You should choose your account identicon and view the related address. Finally, you should define a name for this account. Don’t worry, you can change it later on.

In the next step, your recovery phrase will be presented to you. Think of it as a master key. If you lose it, you lose your money. Write this recovery phrase down and store it in a safe place. If your phone gets stolen/broken/forgotten this will be the only way to recover your account.

You will then be asked to choose a pin code. This pin will be needed later on to unlock your account to sign a transaction.

create account

Recover an account with your recovery phrase

If you already have an account created with either Parity Signer or any other waller, you can recover it by doing so:

3. Add Parity Signer’s account to Polkadot-js apps

To be able to follow this tutorial and interact with the Blockchain from a freshly created account on Parity Signer, you will need to get some KSMs on this account first. Polkadot-js apps allows you to manage your Signer account seamlessly.

4. Sign a transaction

Assuming that your Parity Signer account now has funds, you will be able to send some funds securely to anyone, without transferring your private key, and without needing any internet connection on your mobile phone.

Parity Signer Polkadot send transaction

You will now be presented with a QR code that represents the transaction. Since this transaction is sending funds from your Parity Signer mobile app account, only this account (sitting on your phone) can sign and authorise this transaction. This is what we’ll do in the next steps:

Sign Polkadot apps transaction

Your phone has now signed the transaction offline using your Parity Signer account private key. The QR code that is now displayed on your phone represents a signed transaction that can be broadcasted. We will do this in the next steps: