Setting Up a NXTSTOR Host Profile
At NXTSTOR, we pride ourselves on creating a safe and transparent environment for our storage platform. A major part of this is creating host accounts, which are accounts for those that share their space as storage with renters. Creating a host account allows the renter to learn more about the space and who owns it. Another major benefit of setting up a transparent host account is getting more rentals more quickly and easily. This translates into more money in your pocket. Follow this step by step guide to create a host account quickly and easily.
Download the App From the App Store
1.) Download the NXTSTOR App
Log into either the APP Store or Google Play Store to find the NXTSTOR app and download it like you would any other app.
The ‘Login’ page
2.) Register Your Account
In this step, you will create your account. We offer a few different choices to ensure the process is as easy as possible.
Register With Email– If you choose this method your account will be tied to an email you input. It will ask you for your name and some other info. Please follow the registration flow and your account will be created.
Continue With Apple– If you choose this method your account will be tied to the email associated with your Apple ID. You will be able to use this Apple ID to log into your NXTSTOR account.
Continue With Google– If you select this method your account will be tied to a Google account and its associated email. You will be able to use this Google account to log into your NXTSTOR account.
Continue With Facebook– If you choose this method your account will be tied to a Facebook account and its associated email. We will never post to your Facebook account or contact people through it. You will be able to use this Facebook account to log into your NXTSTOR account.
Switching to “Host View”
3.) Switch to Host View
Once signed in to your account you can select the “Settings” tab to see your profile settings. Scroll down to “App Settings” and click on “Switch to Host View”. This will take you to the host (those providing spaces for storage) version of the app.
Updating “Your Account”
4.) Your Account Settings
Update Profile Information- Clicking on this allows you to update your name and contact information. It also allows you to create a bio- we recommend taking some time to discuss who you are as a person and as a host. It allows your potential renters to feel more comfortable with you and get a sense of who is holding onto their items. Below is a sample bio:
“Hi, my name is Brandon, I’m the founder of NXTSTOR and a graduate of The Ohio State University. I enjoy biking and hiking but recently cleaned out my basement, so I have extra space for items. I’m always willing to chat with potential renters and help them create listings for their spaces. Feel free to reach out if you have any questions.”
Update Profile Photo– Clicking on this allows you to set a profile image. This is extremely important so renters know whose space they are renting when they go to drop off items.
Connected Accounts– Connected accounts allow you to sign in with your Apple, Google, or Facebook accounts, as described in the “Registration” section above. Below is a brief description of each.
- Connect to Apple– Your Apple account will be tied to your account. You will be able to use this Apple ID to log into your NXTSTOR account.
- Connect to Google– Your Google account will be tied to your account. You will be able to use your Google account and associated email to log into your NXTSTOR account.
- Connect to Facebook– If you choose this method your account will be tied to a Facebook account and its associated email. We will never post to your Facebook account or contact people through it. You will be able to use this Facebook account to log into your NXTSTOR account.
Manage Payment Methods– Clicking on this allows you to add a payment method like a credit or debit card. Cards can be added by clicking the “+” icon. A card must be added before you can rent a space.
Verify Your Email– Before you can rent out your space you will need to verify your email. Clicking on “Verify Your Email” will send your primary email a code. You will need to enter this code in the box provided to verify that email.
Add a Phone Number– Similar to “Verify Your Email” this allows us to verify your phone number before you rent a space for contact purposes. Type your phone number in the box provided then hit return. Then hit send code. You should receive a code that you can type enter into the box provided and your phone number will be verified.
Logout– This logs you out of your account.
5.) App Settings
Clicking “Switch to Renter View” allows you to switch back to “Renter View” which takes you to the renter version of the app (for those looking for space).
Updating your “Hosting” information
Your host account is incomplete– This alert informs you that you need to “Update Verification Information” and “Manage Payout Methods”. There’s more information on these below.
Verifying your account with Stripe
Update Verification Information– To ensure user safety and handle payments securely we use Stripe to verify our host’s identity. Stripe is an extremely trustworthy platform with numerous identity protections and we never have access to your personal information. Clicking the “Update Verification Information” button takes you to our Stripe verification process. Here you will input your information to authenticate your identity- this will also allow you to get paid. Again, we never see this personal information and it only used by our trusted partner Stripe to validate your identity to get you paid.
Manage Payout Methods– Clicking on “Manage Payout Methods” will take you to a screen with a “+” icon, please click on this to add a bank account. This will allow you to be automatically paid out when your space is rented. Here we use plaid to connect to your bank account. Plaid is an extremely trustworthy and safe way to connect to your bank account. We never gain access to your bank account or see any of your information. Once you hit continue you will be taken to a screen with several bank options on it. If you don’t see your bank, you can type your Bank’s name in the “Search” box. Once you find your Bank click on the icon and you will be able to log in to your bank account to enable automatic payments.
If you cannot connect to your account, or you are receiving a warning saying “The credentials you provided were incorrect” make sure that you have enabled “Third Party Access” with your bank account. This can often be done in your online banking platform in the settings.
Using the “Contact Us” Form
Contact Us– Clicking “Contact Us” opens a contact form that will allow you to send us a message. Please include your name and the best email for us to contact you back to answer your question.
We hope you enjoy becoming a NXTSTOR host and we’re excited for you to join the NXTSTOR community. If you have any questions or comments or need help creating a listing, never hesitate to reach out to firstname.lastname@example.org, it’s really me (Brandon) in disguise.