Official Site® |® - Getting started Ledger devices are hardware wallets designed to provide secure storage for your cryptocurrency assets. Setting up your Ledger device involves several crucial steps to ensure security and proper functionality.

Step 1: Unboxing and Initial Setup

  1. Unboxing: When you receive your Ledger device, ensure the package is sealed and undamaged. Inside, you should find the Ledger hardware wallet, a USB cable, recovery sheet, and other documentation.
  2. Connecting to a Computer: Use the provided USB cable to connect your Ledger device to a computer with an internet connection.
  3. Turning on the Device: Press the side button to power on your Ledger device. Follow the initial prompts displayed on the screen.

Step 2: Setting Up the Ledger Device

  1. Choosing Language: Select your preferred language using the device buttons.
  2. Configuring as New Device: Opt to set up your Ledger device as a new device if it's your first time using it.
  3. Setting Up PIN: Define a PIN code for your Ledger device. This PIN will be required every time you access your device and helps protect your funds from unauthorized access.
  4. Writing Down Recovery Phrase: Your Ledger device will generate a recovery phrase (also known as seed phrase). Write down this 24-word recovery phrase carefully on the provided recovery sheet. This phrase is crucial for recovering your funds in case your Ledger device is lost, stolen, or damaged.
  5. Confirming Recovery Phrase: Confirm the recovery phrase by entering some of the words in sequence to ensure you've written it down correctly.
  6. Completing Setup: Once the recovery phrase is confirmed, your Ledger device setup is complete. The device will prompt you to disconnect and proceed.

Step 3: Installing Ledger Live Software

  1. Downloading Ledger Live: Visit on your computer's web browser. Download and install Ledger Live, the official companion software for managing your Ledger device.
  2. Connecting Ledger Device to Ledger Live: Launch Ledger Live and follow the on-screen instructions to connect your Ledger device via USB.
  3. Updating Firmware: Ledger Live will check if your device's firmware is up to date. If an update is available, follow the prompts to install it. Firmware updates improve security and add new features.

Step 4: Adding Accounts and Managing Assets

  1. Adding Accounts: In Ledger Live, add cryptocurrency accounts that you want to manage with your Ledger device. Follow the prompts to select the cryptocurrency and confirm on your Ledger device.
  2. Transferring Assets: Send cryptocurrencies to your Ledger device by copying your wallet address from Ledger Live and initiating a transfer from your exchange or another wallet.
  3. Checking Balance and Transactions: Ledger Live allows you to monitor your balance, view transaction history, and manage your cryptocurrency assets securely.

Step 5: Security Best Practices

  1. Regular Backups: Periodically check and update your recovery phrase backup. Store it in a secure place away from your Ledger device.
  2. Updating Software: Keep both your Ledger device firmware and Ledger Live software updated to protect against potential security vulnerabilities.
  3. Phishing Awareness: Be cautious of phishing attempts where malicious actors attempt to trick you into revealing your recovery phrase or other sensitive information.


Setting up your Ledger device ensures that your cryptocurrency assets are stored securely offline, protected by advanced encryption and your personal recovery phrase. By following these steps and adhering to security best practices, you can confidently manage your digital assets with peace of mind.

This comprehensive guide should help you navigate through the setup process smoothly. If you have any specific questions or encounter issues during setup, feel free to ask for assistance.