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Getting started with Encointer

Welcome to the Encointer community! In this guide, you’ll find everything you need to get up and running with Encointer, including:

  • Setting up the Encointer app and creating your account
  • Backing up and restoring your account
  • Inviting your contacts to Encointer and endorsing them
  • How to register and participate in an Encointer in-person ceremony
Getting started with Encointer

Welcome to the Encointer community! In this guide, you’ll find everything you need to get up and running with Encointer, including:

  • Setting up the Encointer app and creating your account
  • Backing up and restoring your account
  • Inviting your contacts to Encointer and endorsing them
  • How to register and participate in an Encointer in-person ceremony
Setting up the Encointer app and creating your account

First, you’ll need to download the Encointer app to your device using the links below:

For Android devices:

For iOS devices:

You can also join the Encointer beta via the F-Droid, the open-source repository for Android.

Please note that F-Droid updates will lag behind the Google Play Store. However, it’s guaranteed that F-Droid will remain open-source.

Users of iOS can also support the development of Encointer on iOS by joining TestFlight for Encointer Wallet using this link: https://testflight.apple.com/join/LFuSsdwT

Using Encointer with TestFlight will allow you to give instant feedback, bug reports, and share screenshots to the app developers.

Setting up the Encointer app and creating your account

First, you’ll need to download the Encointer app to your device using the links below:

For Android devices:

For iOS devices:

You can also join the Encointer beta via the F-Droid, the open-source repository for Android.

Please note that F-Droid updates will lag behind the Google Play Store. However, it’s guaranteed that F-Droid will remain open-source.

For iOS devices:

Users of iOS can also support the development of Encointer on iOS by joining TestFlight for Encointer Wallet using this link: https://testflight.apple.com/join/LFuSsdwT

Using Encointer with TestFlight will allow you to give instant feedback, bug reports, and share screenshots to the app developers.

Now that you’re up and running with the Encointer app, you’ll need to back up your account. This is an important step, as it allows you to recover your account in the event you lose your device.

We will generate a string of 12 words (called a mnemonic phrase) that’s unique to your account. First, click on the bottom-right profile icon and choose your account icon from the top.

Select the three dots next to the “Share account” button and choose “export.” The next screen will show your 12-word phrase.

Copy these words in writing, in the same order as they’re shown on the screen, and keep them somewhere safe, offline. Don’t take a screenshot and don’t store the mnemonic phrase on your device or in the cloud.

If you lose your phone or switch to a new device, you can recover your account using the mnemonic phrase.

On the profile page, tap the small + on the top right and enter your PIN if requested.

Everyone who joins Encointer needs a small amount of currency to get started and register for the next ceremony. In the early stages, community currency bootstrappers can use the endorse feature to help grow the community by ensuring new members can get a seat at the next ceremony.

Anyone who holds Encointer currency can invite other members by sending them currency. Leu Zurich, the first community currency on Encointer, is set up to allow any participant to invite anyone else by sending them at least 0.1 LEU.

To send LEU to another Encointer user, tap the QR scanner which is the middle icon on the bottom menu in the app.

The newcomer you’re inviting needs to generate the QR code from their app, per the instructions in the onboarding section above. You can now scan their QR code using your app.

You need to click “Save” to save your contacts Encointer address to your address book. Give your contact a name so you can identify them in future.

You can now view your contact’s address details in your address book using the address book icon in the bottom menu.

To send tokens, tap the entry in the address book and select “Send tokens” from the menu at the bottom. Send at least 0.1 LEU for your referral to get started.

You’ll be prompted to sign the transaction. Enter your PIN and click “Sign and submit.”
Endorse a contact

If you are a bootstrapper, you’ll be provided with a small number of endorsement tickets that you can selectively grant to people in your own network. Only grant endorsements to those:

In whom who you trust to act for the good of Encointer and its currencies
Who commit to register and appear for the upcoming ceremony

Please note that endorsement is only possible during the Registering phase prior to a ceremony and must be done BEFORE the newcomer registers for the ceremony. Please also note that you’ll still need to send at least 0.1 LEU to those you endorse for them to be able to register and participate in the ceremony.

If you are a bootstrapper who has available endorsements to grant, then when you click on the entry in the address book, you will see an additional button to “Endorse as a trusted contact.”

You will need to enter your PIN, and then tap to sign and submit the transaction.

This section will guide you through Encointer’s in-person ceremonies, including how to register for a ceremony and how to complete an attestation during a ceremony.

Ceremony Registration

Each ceremony will open for registration in advance of each one taking place. Please use these instructions to register for a ceremony during the registration phase.

On the home screen, you will see the ceremonies that are open for registration in your communities. Tap on the one you one to register for, and then tap “Register Participant.”

The register action will appear as a transaction in the Encointer app. You will be prompted to enter your PIN and then tap “Sign and Submit” to complete your registration.

Now, when you tap on the ceremony entry in your home screen, it will show that you’re registered.

When the ceremony starts and you’re ready to participate in attestation, you can open your Encointer app and click “Start Meetup.”

You’ll be prompted to enter the number of participants present at the ceremony.

Then, the app will display a QR code that acts as your attestation of attendance. You will then need to ask each ceremony participant to scan your QR code and in turn, you will need to scan each of theirs. Once everyone has scanned everyone else’s attestation, you can tap “Done” on the app.

You will be taken to a summary screen which tells you how many attestations you have scanned. If you have currency to claim, you can also now claim it and it will be credited to your balance on the app.

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