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Feather Wallet. installing, setting up, using a lightweight Monero wallet.
In this guide, we’ll take a look at the Feather wallet, a free, lightweight, open source XMR wallet that is available for Windows, macOS, Linux, and Tails. The wallet is easy to use, lightweight, and fast.
What are lightweight purses?
Lightweight wallets are convenient wallet clients in which users do not need to download the blockchain locally to use the wallet. Instead of relying on their own node, these wallets scan the blockchain from a remote node. Essentially, they allow you to use the wallet without having to download the entire blockchain to your local computer, saving storage space and bandwidth. This makes it easier and faster to synchronize and interact with the Monero blockchain.
So do lightweight Monero wallets exist? The developers of Monero don’t have an official lightweight wallet. But there are many third-party lightweight wallets that don’t require you to download the entire blockchain, instead they scan the blockchain from a remote node of your choice.
For example, wallets like Edge wallet, Cake wallet, MyMonero, Monerujo, Feather wallet, Exodus, etc. are easy wallet clients where you can safely store your XMR.
Lightweight Monero wallets
If you’re looking for secure storage for the long term, look into hardware wallets. Hardware wallets such as Ledger and Trezor offer a secure solution for long-term storage of your XMR.
In addition to long-term storage, if you also use XMR for frequent transactions, you can store a small portion of your coins in a hot wallet for everyday transactions. There are many lightweight hot wallets available for both dextop computers and mobile devices. They offer superior convenience compared to hardware wallets.
You can use multi-currency wallets or wallets specifically designed for the Monero ecosystem.
You have wallets such as Guarda and Exodus. Both are multi-currency non-custodial wallets, available for web, mobile and dextop computers, and they support hundreds of cryptocurrencies including XMR. These wallets are beginner-friendly and offer strong security measures. They also offer full control over your cryptocurrency, but their source code is not open source.
We recommend wallets designed specifically for Monero. Below is a list of XMR wallets that are a lightweight alternative to the Monero GUI.
MyMonero — is the most popular lightweight open-source Monero wallet that is maintained and developed by members of the Monero development team. It is available for dextop operating systems such as Windows, Mac and Linux. It is also available for Android and iOS and as a web wallet. This wallet is not only easy to use but also offers high security, convenience and functionality.
MyMonero, being a lightweight wallet client, allows you to synchronize with the Monero blockchain quickly and easily, and you don’t need to download the blockchain to use this wallet. You can simply set up a new wallet and start making transactions.
Both are lightweight wallets that take up very little memory on your phone. They are also very easy to use and secure, which is why they are popular in the Monero community.
For users of dextop computers such as Windows, Linux, Mac OS, Raspberry Pi, Tails OS, Whonix and Prestium, one of the best lightweight wallets is the Feather wallet. Now, before you use Feather wallet or any lightweight wallet for Monero, here’s what you need to know about privacy.
Lightweight wallets are specifically designed to provide speed and convenience while providing the same security as full wallets. However, note that because a light wallet works by connecting to a full node managed by a third party, some privacy issues arise. For example, the node to which your lightweight wallet is connected will recognize your IP address.
As you all know, Monero is a privacy-oriented blockchain that is secure, private, and untraceable. It is an advanced privacy cryptocurrency that is designed to protect the anonymity of its users. It hides the details of the transaction, which increases your safety and security of the transaction.
Unlike a traditional blockchain, Monero users’ wallet balance history is not publicly available. Monero uses advanced cryptography such as hidden address and ring signatures to hide information about the sender, recipient, and amount of each Monero transaction recorded on the blockchain.
Monero users mostly prioritize privacy. As a privacy-oriented cryptocurrency user, you should use a wallet that protects your identity. A lightweight wallet that connects to a remote host can compromise your identity. For maximum privacy, Monero recommends that you set up your own node. However, not everyone can manage a full node given the equipment and technical knowledge required.
In any case, users who still want to transact on the Monero network without loading the blockchain can use lightweight wallets. While these wallets have little impact on privacy, they are fast, simple, easy to use, reliable, secure and, most importantly, you retain full control over your private keys.
When it comes to Monero, privacy should be your top priority. To fully protect your identity, we recommend setting up Monero wallets in privacy-oriented operating systems such as Tails / Whonix / Prestium, which greatly protect your identity from snooping and censorship.
In any case, the following guide is for Windows only.
Feather — Is a free open source Monero wallet, easy to use, lightweight and fast. This wallet is designed for dextop computers only, it is available for all major operating systems such as Windows, Linux, mac OS, and even supports privacy operating systems such as Tails, Whonix, and Prestium. Apart from live operating system, it also works well on virtual machines.
Feather Wallet Features:
The goal of Feather Wallet is to provide a reliable, practical and easy-to-use Monero wallet for everyday use. The wallet is user-friendly for beginners and also caters to advanced Monero users by providing features that are as good as the official CLI wallet.
It fully supports Windows, Mac and Linux. It also supports privacy OS such as Tails, Whonix and Prestium.
The wallet is productive and lightweight
Built-in Tor integration, Xmr.To, which you can use to send BTC using Monero.
Coin control (freeze / thaw / sweep)
Mnemonic seeds of 14 words
Send and receive functionality: no primary address or accounts, only additional addresses and automatic prevention of address reuse
Exporting labels/contacts to CSV
CCS and Reddit feed gives a warning when opening external links.
Let’s now set up and start using Feather Wallet.
Install Feather Wallet:
Go to the website, select your OS and download the installation file. Since Feather Wallet is a lightweight wallet, you can download a separate executable file.
After downloading the file, do not install or unzip the file. You should test it before you do this. This is completely optional, but recommended for security reasons.
There are two ways to verify an uploaded Feather wallet. You can either verify the signature or the signed hashes, which you will find on the same page. The process is very similar. Along with the file, also download the signature. Then import the developer signature key into the Kleopatra certificate manager. After that you can decrypt / verify the file.
A valid signature from firstname.lastname@example.org must be specified. After successful verification, you can delete the .asc file.
After this step, you can unzip the file and move it to the desired folder. If it is an installation file, install it in the preferred directory.
Setting up an easy wallet
After installing and unzipping, open the feather.exe file, which will open the wallet setup wizard.
Create a new wallet and click “Next”. The next screen will display a 16-word seed phrase, which is your only wallet backup. You can generate a new seed phrase or copy the one shown to you.
Remember that you will need this to recover your wallet in case of a computer crash, so write down your seed phrases and keep them in a safe place. You can also extend the seed phrase with a passphrase: click the option and check the box to enable passphrases.
Once you have backed up the seed phrase, click “Next”. On the next screen, you can name and select a directory for your wallet file.
Click “Next” and choose a password to encrypt your wallet keys. While the seed phrase is the key to fully recovering your wallet, the password you set now encrypts your wallet and you need to enter it every time you start the wallet.
Once that’s done, click “Create / Open Wallet”. That’s it! You’re done setting up your wallet and your easy Monero wallet is ready to use.
Note. If you have a hardware device, you can also create a wallet from a hardware device. Feather Wallet supports Ledger Nano S , Nano X and Trezor T.
Lightweight Monero wallet
The wallet is quite simple and working with it is self-explanatory.
The main screen displays your XMR wallet balance, XMR price, BTC price and XMR/BTC pair value. It also displays the Reddit Monero feed and other useful news and information. At the bottom of the wallet, it displays your connection status, node settings and proxy settings.
To further customize the wallet according to your preferences, go to file >> settings.
First, you have the appearance where you can change the wallet theme to dark and light, choose the accuracy of the amount, change the date/time format, change the balance display format, and choose your preferred fiat currency to display the XMR value.
Click the network tab to change the Tor host and proxy settings. The default wallet settings work best, so you don’t need to change anything here. Just select “Let feather manage this list” and “Let feather start and manage a Tor daemon”.
Click the Storage tab to find out the wallet directory, configuration directory, and application directory. You can change the location of the wallet file at any time.
After making the necessary changes, click “Apply Settings”.
Using XMR Light Wallet
To start using the wallet, all you need to know is how to receive and send XMR.
Review the Receipt tab and you will see a list of receipt addresses. You can label them however you want. Click “Copy Address” and share it with the sender to receive the payment. If it’s a self transfer from an exchange, you can paste that into the exchange’s withdrawal address field.
In addition to simply sharing your address, you can also create a payment request with amount, name and description and send the QR code image to the sender.
By default, the wallet displays only 10 addresses. You can create as many new addresses as you want. Also note that the wallet automatically prevents you from reusing an address. If an address you have previously used is not displayed in the list, click “Show Used” and “Show Hidden” to reveal the old address.
To send XMR from Feather, go to the “Send” tab and enter the recipient’s address. Then enter the amount you want to send and click “Send”. The wallet will create the transaction and display a preview of your transaction.
Check the address, amount and commission again before clicking “Submit”. Advanced View is available to find out the transaction size, ring size, number of inputs and outputs.
After verifying all the information, click “Submit” to send XMR to the recipient’s address.
You can view the history of sent and received transactions on the history tab. Double-click a transaction to view the transaction ID, the fee and amount used, and the status of the transaction.
Now you know how to use Feather wallet to send and receive XMR.
Drop-down tools for the following functions:
sign/verify the message
verify transaction confirmation
load an unsigned transaction from a file
pay for several addresses in one transaction
The wallet dropdown menu is needed to find out your wallet information, change wallet password, show seed and export wallet history and contacts in CSV format.
Note, to open seed, you need to enter your wallet password. Also go to wallet >> accounts to create a new account. You can create as many new wallet accounts and manage any number of addresses.
The wallet also has a built-in calculator, exchange and the ability to mine XMR. For more control drop-down list and display everything, such as coins, to view address change, calculation, exchange, mining and search bar. All these tabs should now appear just below the main wallet menu.
Use the calculator menu to convert the value of XMR to major fiat and cryptocurrencies.
Then click on the “Exchange” tab if you want to buy/sell Monero.
No KYC checks: simply create an account to start buying/selling Monero anonymously, quickly and easily.
The wallet also has a built-in mining feature. It is not a miner per se, and you need XMRig to set up and start XMR mining. Once you have downloaded and configured XMRig, you can start mining XMR using your Feather wallet.
First allocate CPU threads for mining, then you can either join a mining pool or start mining alone.
That’s it! I hope you found what you were looking for: a lightweight Monero wallet that is fast, reliable, secure and easy to use.
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