How to configure a backup signing account
Step by step instructions on how to use the Tangem backup xApp
The Tangem Backup xApp is designed to simplify the process of creating a regular key between two Xumm (Tangem) cards. By doing this, you will effectively configure one of the cards as a "backup" to the other one. This is not a cloning process where you would make a duplicate a card, this process configures one of the cards to be able to sign transactions on the other card's account.
Don't worry if you can't quite understand it at first. This article will walk you through each step of the process and provide lots of pictures to help.
To start, you should have two Xumm (Tangem) cards. Notice that the two cards appear differently...
From now on we will refer to the cards as your Primary card and your Signing Card.
It doesn't matter which one you choose to be your primary or signing card since they are functionally identical, but most people choose the blue card as the Primary card and the transparent card as the Signing card.
When we are done with this process, you will have created an XRPL account on your Primary card, activated it with at least 10 XRP and have created a "link" between your Primary card and your Signing card.
Ideally, you will put the Primary card in a safe, secure place and use the Signing card to sign transactions on the Primary card's account.
If you plan to carry one of the cards with you in your wallet/purse, you would carry the Signing card, not the Primary card.
Before you can configure backup signing card, you will need to import both cards into Xumm.
This article provides step by step instructions on how to do this:
Since the blue card is going to be your Primary account, you will need to activate it with at least 10 XRP.
You do not need to activate your Signing account. You just need to import it into Xumm.
Click here to launch the Tangem Backup xApp or you can manually launch it in Xumm by pressing
and select it from the list.
Select I'm ready, continue
then press Select account.
This is where you get to choose your Primary card. This is the one that has been activated with at least 10 XRP. When you have completed the steps in this article, this is the card that will be stored away in a safe place. We refer to it here as Primary. Get the blue card, Slide to accept, then scan it with your phone.
Press Select backup card.
This is where you get to choose your Signing card. This is the one that does not need to be activated. This is the transparent card. When have completed the steps in this article, this is the card that you will use to sign transactions on the Primary card's account. We refer to it here as Signing. Get the transparent card, Slide to accept, then scan it with your phone.
Select the Finnish button then Slide to accept and you are all done.
We understand that you might have additional questions regarding this topic so you are welcome to contact us any time via the Xumm Support xApp in Xumm or you can simply scan this QR code with Xumm and be directed there automatically.