Adding a Watch Account

Background Info:

Watch Accounts are special types of accounts that you can add in the Algorand Wallet. They are read-only accounts that, as the name implies, watch any single Algorand account. This is useful if you have an account that you prefer to keep offline (also known as Cold Storage) or if you have a Multi-sig account that you'd like to monitor. With the Watch account feature, you will be notified of any transactions to or from this account.

Since accounts on the Algorand blockchain are public and anonymous, anyone can watch any account, regardless of whether you own the account or not. All you need is an account address, as you'll see in the simple tutorial below.

Warning: Watching an account does not mean you control the account. Do not send assets to a Watch Account's address unless you own the corresponding recovery passphrase. This is a read-only view of an account.

Adding a Watch Account

1. From the Accounts view homepage, tap the + in the top right.

2. Tap Add Account

3. Tap Watch Account.

4. Carefully review the type of account you're creating and then proceed to the next step.

In preparation for creating your Watch Account, copy the address of the Algorand account you'd like to watch.

5. Name your Watch Account and paste in an Algorand account address. Tap Next.

6. That's it! Your Watch account has been created.

Keep in mind that since it's a read-only account, many of the options that you see for your other accounts will not be available. This includes sending transactions, adding assets, rekeying, and more (as seen in step 5)

7. Watch Account has been added to my Accounts view.