How Do You Use The Polkadot.js Extension And Vote For Kusama Parachains?

How Do You Use The Polkadot.js Extension And Vote For Kusama Parachains?

By Equilibrium | Equilibrium | 28 Sep 2021


Polkadot.js is a browser-based vault that works in conjunction with various wallet apps for managing your account keys. You need this browser extension in order to use various Polkadot- or Kusama-based dApps, so let’s take a look at how to properly set it up.

The first step is to install the extension in your Chrome or Firefox browser. Click this link to do so, and download the appropriate extension for your browser. 

7d1be205831891f6f4b46535e717f7f6fa1eabba0109ab018717dc5187782397.png

Once that’s done and installed, find the new icon for the extension as it appears in your browser. If you can’t see your extension in Chrome, just click on this puzzle piece icon in the upper right corner.

0bea39d3c490ba435816f7e3463b16ea66d64c9d26016d869943b94b63b59e91.png

Then click on the “pin” symbol, located to the right of the polkadot.js icon.

fac80495a3c487d120c7b702f657d14f64b9e36c3592e61d6f508d5ce14b25df.png

Now the extension should be visible in the browser.

0b9f8398c2b031dd164c2dd23bf83d3356461e7e34e715dff577d404a9440f26.png

b651c152b3e2dd5965d6a11b9f2ef7743124a27f7efbd7df6bb7346cfb38a0ce.png

Create your first account. If you already have an account, import it into the extension:

27887a9b49be52f8d269254e0b533b204b8e7c7140fa22befe342c5204d41e30.png

563342179f8e400ea3f7377014622ef61c3350b1129be429b7a697680af612f2.png

Be sure to write down your wallet's seed phrase and/or private key, keeping it in a safe place. This mnemonic key is what you need to restore your wallet if you change computers or want to access the same wallet from another device. It’s important that you protect it, or else you risk losing access to your assets.

Come up with an account name and password:

6968adaabab543f966c2c7cbdd06cca7b9f12349b0259e974071648710504275.png

From here, you will be able to easily connect your wallet with different dApps. Let’s take a look at how it works with Genshiro, the Kusama-based dApp by Equilibrium.

Visit the Genshiro site and click on “Application.” Click on “Connect wallet,” and that’s all it takes — a piece of cake! Now you are free to use the platform’s full functionality.

There you have it, the full walkthrough on how to install and use your polkadot.js extension. May you use it well across a variety of dApps!

 

Participating in Kusama crowdloans

Visit the list of Kusama crowdloans on the Polkadot.js site, then pick your favorite project: 

60eed547be1787fa16da70be26713fdacad57e3375d64b59def028e8f4f58abc.png

Click on “contribute”, pick your Polkadot address from the dropdown menu and enter the amount of KSM that you want to put in. Then click “contribute” again, “sign and submit”.

Now that you know how to work with this extension, it’s time to familiarize yourself with the Polkadot addresses and their formats. Don't get confused about all the different representations of your public key — click here for clarity! 

Follow us:

Website | Twitter | Telegram |Facebook 

How do you rate this article?


101

0

Equilibrium
Equilibrium Verified Member

The first decentralized interoperable money market that combines pooled lending with synthetic asset generation and trading. Get access to cross-chain liquidity.


Equilibrium
Equilibrium

The first decentralized interoperable money market that combines pooled lending with synthetic asset generation and trading. Get access to cross-chain liquidity.

Send a $0.01 microtip in crypto to the author, and earn yourself as you read!

20% to author / 80% to me.
We pay the tips from our rewards pool.