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English manual Ledger Nano S

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Setting your Ledger Nano S

Step 1: Making a connection

Connect the Ledger Nano S to your computer with the supplied USB cable. The Ledger will now start up. In the screen it says: "Welcome to Ledger Nano S". Press the right button to continue.

Now we will explain in English how to control the device. The device has two buttons. Use the right button to continue to the next step, the left button to go back. Press both buttons if you want to select an option.

Read through the texts and click each time on the right button to continue until you get to 'Set up as new device'. Press and hold both buttons to select this option.

Step 2: Selecting a PIN code

First of all, you have to choose a PIN code. The Ledger now asks "Choose a PIN". Press both buttons. You can choose a PIN between 4 and 8 digits.

You will need this code in the future to access the device. With the left and right button you can determine the first digit of your pincode. Press both buttons to select the digit and choose the next digit.

Once you have selected your complete PIN code, navigate to the ✓ icon and press both buttons again. Then confirm your PIN again.

Step 3: The Recovery Phrase

The screen now reads: "Write Down Your Recovery Phrase".

Your recovery phrase is a recovery phrase. This phrase ensures that you will always have access to the contents of your wallet even if it is broken or stolen. So keep this sentence safe.

The sentence consists of 24 randomly selected words which are displayed one by one on the screen. You can write these down on the Recovery sheet provided. Take this sheet and a pen and press both buttons at the same time to continue.

Step 4: Recovery Phrase Writing up

Transfer the first word (Word #1) to position 1 on your Recovery sheet.

Press the right button to go to the second word (Word #2). Copy this word to position 2. Repeat this process until the 24th word (Word #24).

It now reads: "Confirm you recovery phrase". Press both buttons again. The Ledger will now ask you to verify your sentence by requesting a word with a certain number. View your recovery sheet and select the word that corresponds to the requested number.

Repeat this process until "Your device is now ready" appears on your device. Your device is now initialised and ready to use. Would you like help buying your first coins? Then click on continue.

How to use Ledger Live

This guide will teach you how to set up your Ledger Nano X as a new device. 

You will generate new private keys so you can manage your crypto assets. You will also need to write down a new 24-word recovery phrase that will act as the backup to your private keys.

Please read our short 10 step starter guide here before you start.

You will need the following to start using your Ledger:

  • Ledger Nano S, S plus or X
  • Either an iOS 9 or Android 7 smartphone or a computer with Windows 8.1 (64-bit), macOS 10.10, or Linux
  • The Ledger Live application downloaded and installed

Once you have installed Ledger Live, just open the app. It will tell you exactly what you need to do to get started.

Step 1. Set up as new device

  1. Press the button next to the USB port until the Ledger logo appears to turn on the device.
    Please note: If you keep pressing the button, you will access the Bootloader menu. You have to Power Off the device and restart it.
  2. Read the on-screen instructions. Press the right button to proceed or the left button to go back.
  3. Press both simultaneously when “Set up as new device” is displayed.
    Again, please note: Do not hold the buttons down. Just a quick click is sufficient.

Step 2. Choose your PIN code

  1. Press both buttons when “Choose PIN code” is displayed on the device.
  2. Press the left or right button to select a digit. Press both buttons to validate a digit.
  3. Select the checkmark to confirm your PIN code of 4 to 8 digits. Select the arrow with the cross in it to erase a digit.
  4. Enter the PIN code again to confirm it.
  5. Write down the PIN code you chose.

PIN code tips:

  • Choose your own PIN code. This code unlocks your device.
  • Use 8 digits for optimal security.
  • Never use a device already supplied with a PIN code and/or a recovery phrase.
  • Contact Ledger Support in case of doubt.

Step 3. Save your recovery phrase

Your 24-word recovery phrase will now be displayed word by word on the Ledger Nano X screen. Be careful, your recovery phrase will be displayed only once.

  1. Take the blank Recovery sheet supplied in the box.
  2. Press both buttons when “Write down your recovery phrase” is displayed.
  3. Write down word #1 on the Recovery sheet. Verify that you have copied it correctly in position 1. Press the right button to move to the next word.
  4. Repeat the process until Word #24 is written down in position 24. Press both buttons on the final screen to proceed.
  5. Press both buttons when “Confirm your recovery phrase” is shown.
  6. Select the first word that you've written down in position 1 on your Recovery sheet with the left or right button. Validate the word by pressing both buttons. Repeat this to confirm your entire 24-word recovery phrase.
  7. “Your device is ready” is shown once you've successfully completed the setup process. Press both buttons to “Access Dashboard.” You will then be directed to the Dashboard.

 Security tips

  • Anyone with access to your recovery phrase could take your assets. Store it securely. Do not store your backup digitally in any way and do not make a picture of it. We recommend one of the following backup solutions.
  • Test your backup before trusting a lot of funds to your wallet.
    Read how to do this here.
  • Ledger does not keep a backup of your 24 words. Ensure you are the only holder.
  • Never use a device already supplied with a recovery phrase and/or a PIN code.

Contact Ledger Support in case of doubt.

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