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Create a Status profile using a Keycard
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on May 15, 2024

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

When you create a new Status profile, the Status app generates cryptographic keys for your profile authentication and authorization. Using a Keycard to store the keys can provide an extra layer of protection.

If you are new to cryto and Keycard, choose the

Generate new keys
option. If you are an experienced Ethereum user, and you want to use the recovery phrase of your existing Etheruem address to create a Status profile, choose the
Import a recovery phrase
option.

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If you don't have a Keycard, get one
or create your Status profile without a Keycard.

  • You need an empty Keycard to create a Status profile. If your Keycard is not new, check which account keys are on it and factory reset it when needed.
  • You need a card reader to connect a Keycard to your computer.
  • After you create the profile with a Keycard, you must use the same Keycard or biometrics for authentication in the Status app.
  • Your Keycard stores the cryptographic keys for your Status identity and also secures your wallet accounts. However, it doesn't store your Status profile. Your profile remains on your device until the app is uninstalled, and is temporarily held in the Waku peer-to-peer network.

You need an empty Keycard to create a Status profile. If your Keycard is not new, check which account keys are on it and factory reset it when needed.

  1. 1
    Open the Status app and tap
    I'm new to Status
    .
  2. 2
    On the following screen, select
    Use Keycard
    .
  3. 3
    Tap
    Ready to scan
    and hold or place your Keycard near the top (iPhone) or back (Android phones) of your phone.
  4. 4
    Tap
    Generate new keys
    to generate a new Ethereum address, or tap
    Import a recovery phrase
    to use the recovery phrase of an exsiting Ethereum address.
  5. 5
    On the
    Name your Keycard
    screen, set your Keycard name. Don't use special characters or emojis.
  6. 6
    Create a six-digit PIN for your Keycard, and repeat the PIN to confirm.

  1. 1
    Set up your device's biometrics (fingerprint, face or other method) to authenticate in addition to Keycard. If you want to enable biometrics later, tap
    Maybe later
    .
  2. 2
    Enter your recovery phrase if you have one. Otherwise, continue to the next step.
  3. 3
    Customize your Status profile with your preferred name, profile picture and colour, and press
    Continue
    .
  4. 4
    Hold or place the Keycard near the top of your phone to save the Status keys.
  5. 5
    On the
    Unique profile identifiers
    screen, you can learn more about your Status profile or tap
    Continue
    to finish the profile setup.
  6. 6
    Tap
    Enable notifications
    to set up Status app notifications. If you want to enable notifications later, tap
    Maybe later
    and then, tap
    Start using Status
    .
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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.

  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.
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You can customize additional profile options in your Status settings.