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Create or restore your Status profile using a recovery phrase
jorge-campo
on 30 Nov 2023

Status app is currently in beta stage
The Status app is currently in its beta stage. This means the application is still undergoing active development, and certain features described in this document may function differently or be unavailable within the app.

You can link your existing Ethereum address to a new Status profile. For instance, if you already have a non-custodial Ethereum wallet such as Metamask or Trust Wallet, you already have an Ethereum address and a recovery phrase.

If you already have a Status account and used your profile in the past 30 days, you can restore it with the profile's recovery phrase.

tip
If you already use Status on one device and want to add your profile and funds to a new device, you don't need your recovery phrase. Sync your new device for the best experience.

  • Your wallet funds are safe and recoverable as long as you know your recovery phrase and keep it safe.
  • When you import an existing Ethereum address from a wallet, you can operate with your funds using Status Wallet.
  • If you already use Status but don't have access to your previous device, you can restore your Status profile on a new device if you have used the app within the past 30 days.
  • If you don't have access to your previous device and haven't used Status in the past 30 days, your funds are safe, but your profile is unrecoverable. You can still use your recovery phrase to create a new profile, but your previous profile configuration (contacts, profile settings and community membership) is lost.

This table summarizes your options when you have a recovery phrase:

You haveNext stepYour Status profileYour wallet funds
Recovery phrase
Status profile
Create profile using a recovery phraseNew profile
Recovery phrase
Used your Status profile in the past 30 days
Restore profile using a recovery phrase
Recovery phrase
Used your Status profile in the past 30 days
Access to your device
Create profile using a recovery phrase

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tip
Creating or restoring a profile using a recovery phrase follows the same procedure.

When you restore your Status profile using a recovery phrase, Status tries to pull your information from the decentralized Waku network. Status doesn't use centralized servers and doesn't store your profile information.

  1. 1
    Open the Status app and tap
    I'm new to Status
    .
  2. 2
    On the following screen, select
    Use recovery phrase
    .
  3. 3
    Enter the 12, 18 or 24 words in your recovery phrase, separated by a space.
  4. 4
    Status suggests matching words as you type. To speed up the recovery phrase entry, tap the right suggestion.
  5. 5
    Tap
    Continue
    .
  6. 6
    Customize your Status profile with your preferred name, profile picture, and colour, and press
    Continue
    .

  1. 1
    Enter and confirm your password and tap
    Confirm password
    .
  2. 2
    Configure your device's biometrics (fingerprint, face or other) to fill in your password. If you want to enable biometrics later, tap
    Maybe later
    .
  3. 3
    On the
    profile identifiers
    screen, you can learn more about your Status profile or tap
    Skip
    to finish the profile setup.
  4. 4
    Tap
    Start using Status
    .

If Status finds an existing profile in the Waku network, you can use your existing profile or the one you have just created. When you choose your existing profile, synchronize this profile with your device.

caution
Status doesn't know your password and can't reset it for you. If you forget your password, you may lose access to your Status profile and wallet funds.
Remember your Status password, keep it in a safe place and don't share it with anyone.

Here you only fill out basic information. You can customize your Status profile further at any time in the Status settings.

  1. 1
    On the
    Create profile
    screen, set your profile name. Don't use special characters or emojis.
  2. 2
    Tap the
    Camera
    in your avatar and set a profile picture. To add your profile picture, you must authorize the Status app to access your camera or photo gallery.
  3. 3
    Choose a profile colour.
  4. 4
    Tap
    Continue
    to complete your profile customization.