You can create a DOT account in any wallet that supports Polkadot. For detailed information on how to set up Polkadot accounts using the different tools that Web3 Foundation/Parity developed and supports, please see our video tutorial below. 

  1. Polkadot-JS user interface (UI) 0:15
  2. Polkadot browser extension 2:20
  3. Subkey (needs technical knowledge) 4:37
  4. Parity Signer 5:45

No matter if you use an external device or not, we highly recommend that you add your accounts through the browser extension, as it has many advantages:

  1. It provides better security than using the Web UI directly
  2. Your browser won't "forget" your accounts if its cookies are cleared
  3. The extension recognizes all known Polkadot scams and alerts you when you access a phishing site. This will help you protect yourself and your funds.

Note: You will still need to use the Polkadot-JS UI to manage your accounts.

As mentioned in the video, one secure way to store and interact with your DOTs is by using Parity Signer in combination with our Polkadot-JS UI

  1. Install Parity Signer on your phone (ideally an old phone that is factory reset and in Airplane mode) and create your Polkadot address. 
  2. Open and add your account through the "Add via QR" button

If you are using the Polkadot extension, click on the "+" sign and select "Attach external QR-signer account"

You can now send, receive, and stake your tokens, or perform any other actions on the Polkadot network. Using Parity Signer this way is the closest alternative to a hardware wallet.