Currently, Martian does not offer support for hardware wallets such as a Ledger device. We are quite certain that it will not take long for this to change. However, until then, please note that you are interacting with a hot wallet, which is not as secure as a cold/hardware wallet. Hence, you should be using a very strong password when setting up your wallet and make sure that nobody has access to it.
Step 1: Install the browser extension & create your wallet
Visit https://martianwallet.xyz/ and click ‘download’ in the upper right corner, then click ‘Add to Brave’ (or Chrome respectively).
Once downloaded & installed, the following screen should pop up. Since this is the first time that we are setting up a wallet, we are going to choose the first option, namely ‘Create a New Wallet’.
In case the pop-up does not show up or you closed it accidentally, you can always return to it by clicking the Martian Icon in your browser bar and then ‘Return to Onboarding’
The next screen is EXTREMELY important! This is your Mnemonic phrase. Note that whoever has access to this phrase, ultimately has access to your wallet and funds.
Never share this phrase with anyone and best save it somewhere offline and analog (like a good old piece of paper stored in a secure place).
These are the twelve words used to generate and restore your private key — hence these are the words needed in that specific order to restore your wallet in case you lose your laptop.
If you desire, you can choose to enable notifications for your favorite Aptos dApps, to receive updates about them directly in your wallet. This is totally optional however and still in beta.
Click through the tooltips and then hit ‘finish’ to conclude the setup of your Aptos wallet — congrats, you are now ready to explore the Aptos ecosystem firsthand!
Step 2: Access & fund your wallet
From now on, you can access your Martian Aptos wallet via the browser extension in your browser bar.
You can pin the extension so you can always easily access it (simply click the puzzle icon and then the pin icon next to ‘Martian’).
Once unlocked through your password, you can access your wallet & find your wallet address within it.
Now you have two options:
A) You can go ahead and explore Aptos on mainnet, on which you handle tokens that have ‘real’ value, or,
B) Test the waters on Testnet to get familiar with everything first.
In this guide, we’ll show you both.
Let’s start with mainnet for those of you who are eager to take the leap.
By default, your wallet should be connected to Aptos Mannet. To double check, click on the Aptos symbol in the upper left corner of the Martian wallet UI. If not selected already, choose ‘Aptos Mainnet 1 (Recommended)’ to connect to mainnet.
Now it’s time to fund your wallet. To do so, simply copy the address of your Martian wallet and send funds over to it, e.g. from a exchange.
Note that by default, you have two different accounts to choose from right from the get go. You can switch between them by clicking on ‘Account 1’.
If you want to get right to it without testing the waters on testnet, you can skip the next part and directly jump to step3.
Make sure that you are connected to Testnet by clicking on the Aptos symbol in the upper left corner of the Martian wallet UI. Then select ‘Aptos Testnet’
Since we are on Testnet, you can request some testnet tokens to play around with — simply click ‘Airdrop’ to receive some $APTOS tokens straight to your wallet.
If you request an airdrop, you are redirected to the Aptos testnet-faucet (Aptos Testnet Faucet). If you do not have an account already, complete the sign-up process of your choice.
Once you successfully, created an account and signed in, you can click ‘connect wallet’ on Aptos Testnet Faucet, then choose your desired wallet.
In our case, this is Martian Wallet. Approve this action in the Martian browser extension pop-up.
Make sure your wallet is connected to Testnet — you can choose which network you want to connect with via the drop-down menu in the upper left corner of the Martian UI.
Next, click ‘Activate Faucet’ and prove that you’re not a robot (or are you?)
And that’s it, you should now find some $APTOS testnet token in your Martian wallet.
Step 3: explore some key functionalities of the Martian wallet
Let’s explore some more features of the Martian wallet, shall we?
If you click on the drop-down next to ‘Aptos Testnet’, you can choose another network to connect to such as the Devnet (for developers).
If you click on the drop-down next to ‘Account 1’, you can add another wallet or lock the browser extension (we recommend doing so every time you are done with your operations).
The menu at the bottom of the Martian UI, is your main navigation menu, it contains the following
- Your main view lists your address, an overview of all your tokens, as well as quick actions. You can add custom tokens to that list in case they don’t show automatically
- This is your NFT view, where you can find a list of all of your Aptos NFTs.
- Lists your account’s most recent activities (e.g. if you sent $APT to someone)
- Is an Aptos dApp and NFT collections browser — explore the Aptos ecosystem from within your Martian wallet.
- Are your settings, which are a feature-rich section — let’s go over some in the next section.
Your account settings section is filled with sensitive information. While it is password protected, you should always be careful when visiting this part of your wallet so no information is leaked.
Under ‘Account Details’, you can find your address, as well as your public and private key. The latter is extremely important and should never be shared with anyone.
Under ‘Secret Phrase’, you can find your mnemonic seed phrase. These twelve words can be used to recover your wallet. Make sure to store them somewhere safe, best offline and analog. Whoever has access to them, ultimately has access to your account and funds!
The rest of the account settings section is self-explanatory. If you have any questions, however, never hesitate to reach out to us!
Always make sure to lock your wallet once you’re done using it — you can do so in the account settings section (scroll down to bottom) or by clicking on your account in the main view.