When launching Samourai Wallet for the first time, you are presented with the option to use the application in Mainnet or Testnet.
The default is Mainnet. This is what most users will choose as this will allow the wallet to function with "real bitcoin".
If you wish to try out Samourai Wallet to experiment, or familiarize yourself with the tools and features available, you can select Testnet. Note however the wallet will only function with testnet bitcoin (which you will need to acquire from one of the many online faucets).
Note: If using Samourai Wallet downloaded from the Google Play store, you will not see this selection and your wallet is default Mainnet only.
Before continuing with the wallet setup, you first need to choose the location where your wallet Encrypted Backup will be saved on your device.
Samourai Wallet has Tor built in for increased network privacy. We recommend you enable this unless you have a reason not to.
If you are not running your own Dojo bitcoin node, consider doing so, orskip to the next step.
If you are running your own Dojo bitcoin node, now is the time to connect to it.
Wait for Dojo status: Connected
Now is the time to have a pen and paper ready.
Tap Create a new wallet
Type a strong Passphrase
A (BIP39) Passphrase is case sensitive and can be made up of letters, number, and/or special characters. You MUST write this down, not lose it, or share it with anyone. It is ESSENTIAL to recovering your bitcoin wallet. Do not store your Passphrase on a digital device, write it down.
The PIN is used for unlocking your Samourai Wallet app.
Your PIN is NOT essential to recovering your bitcoin wallet.
You are now given the option to download and print a blank paper backup sheet.
Alternatively you can download it from here.
Using this printed sheet, or a notepad, ensure you have written down your Passphrase.
Get your pen and paper ready again!
Presented on screen are your 12 Secret Words. These are also known as Seed Words or a Wallet Mnemonic.
You MUST write these down, not lose them, or share them with anyone. Along with your (BIP39) Passphrase they are are ESSENTIAL to recovering your bitcoin wallet. Do not store them on a digital device, write them down.
Presented on screen is your Passphrase which you inputted a few steps ago.
This will not be shown to you again.
You MUST write down your: 12 Secret Words + (BIP39) Passphrase.
You need BOTH to recover your bitcoin wallet.
Finally, before you start using Samourai Wallet you'll be asked to claim your PayNym.
While this is optional, we recommend you do so as this will allow you to use more of the privacy spending tools and features within Samourai Wallet.
Your PayNym Bot Avatar and PayNym Name is unique to your wallet.
TOP TIP: Write down you PayNym Name with your 12 Secret Words + Passphrase.
If you ever have to recover your bitcoin wallet, by checking your PayNym Name matches, this confirms you have successfully recovered your bitcoin wallet correctly.
Follow these guides to learn the basics of Receiving and Sending bitcoin: