After installing Freighter on your browser, open the extension, click on “Create wallet”, and follow the steps to generate a new Stellar address. Note that after generating your address, you still need to fund it with lumens to create a Stellar account.
Learn more about account creation
See where you can buy lumens
Your address and keys are encrypted and stored on your computer. If you lose access to your computer, you may recover your account with your backup phrase. Make sure you store your backup phrase in a safe and secure place and never share it with anyone.
Your backup phrase is needed to generate a unique Stellar address for your account and to recover your account in the event that you lose access to data on your computer. Your password is used to encrypt and store the key on your browser, and it's also used to make sure other people with access to your computer won't be able to use your account.
If you still have your account set up on your browser, you can use your password to review your account backup phrase by going to the main menu and selecting Show backup phrase.
Freighter doesn't keep your keys or backup phrases stored, so it's impossible to recover your account without your backup phrase. Make sure you keep it stored safely.
You have several options: Write your key down on a piece of paper. Keep it in a safe. Store it in a password manager. But don't ever keep it unencrypted on your computer or in your email.
Never share your backup phrase or enter it on a website. Anyone that has access to your backup phrase can gain access to your account. Only enter your backup phrase on Freighter during account recovery. Note that we'll never ask it again once you create your account.
On a fresh installation
When prompted if you want to create a new wallet or import it, select “Import wallet.” Enter your backup phrase and define a new password for your account.
If an account is already being used
Open the extension home screen and click on Import using backup phrase. Enter your backup phrase and define a new password for your account.
Warning: since Freighter currently supports only one account at a time, make sure you have the current account’s backup phrase noted
On the extension home screen, click on the copy icon to copy your address to the clipboard. If you want to preview the address or see the QR code to receive a payment, click on your account address.
Just like a hardware wallet, Freighter doesn't allow you or any application to have access to your private key. This is a way to keep your account safe, while still allowing you to access your account and sign transactions.
You can't change your password. If you forgot it, use your backup phrase and import your account again, defining a new password.