NOTE: In this article you will learn how to restore an account in Parity Signer that was originally created in Parity Signer. If you want to know how to create a new account in Parity Signer, please refer to the video tutorial in this articleIf you want to know how to restore an account originally created in Parity Singer, please refer to this article.

IMPORTANT! It is recommended that you install the Parity Signer app on an old phone that you do not connect to the internet anymore. This way you keep your private keys offline, and your phone becomes a cold storage wallet.

From a security perspective we do not recommend restoring an account that has been online into an offline storage solution (which Parity Signer is intended to be), however, should you have personal reasons to do that, please follow this guide.

How to restore your account from Polkadot-JS UI in Parity Signer

First, let's say you want to restore this Polkadot account, which was created with the default options:

To do this follow these steps:
  1. Download the Parity Signer app from the official source here and install it on your phone.

  2. Create a new identity in Parity Signer by restoring with your mnemonic phrase. To do that click on "recover" and enter your mnemonic phrase in the next screen. Then click "Recover". 
    You'll be asked to create a PIN for you account. Make sure it's long, unique and not something someone can guess (like your birthday).

  3. On the next screen select Polkadot as the network for the first keypair:
    The address you will see for the generated account will be different from the account you want to restore.

  4. Then go back to the identity you created and select "Add network account":
  5. In the next screen, select "Create custom path":
  6. In the next screen, enter the identity's PIN you created earlier.

  7. Don't change the path. "//hard//soft" is a placeholder, which means you're leaving the path empty.
    IMPORTANT: If you changed the advanced options on Polkadot-JS UI during the account creation or you're importing from a third-party wallet, you'll need to add the correct derivation path in this field.

  8. Under "Display name" enter a name for your account

  9. Click on "Account network" and select "Polkadot". As you can see, the generated account is the one we're trying to restore:
  10. Under your identity, click on Polkadot. You'll now see both accounts: the "root" account that was created first and the account you just restored. 

  11. If you want, you can delete the root account. Click on it, then click on the three dots and select "Delete":

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