Bitcoin (BTC)

Install the Bitcoin app on your Ledger hardware wallet to manage Bitcoin (BTC) with Ledger Live. The Bitcoin app is developed and supported by Ledger. Check the Bitcoin wallet page to learn more about bitcoin, and have a look on the buy bitcoin page to buy BTC assets the safe way.

Before you start

Instructions

Install the Bitcoin app
  1. Open the Manager in Ledger Live.
  2. Connect and unlock your device.
  3. If asked, allow the manager on your device.
  4. Find Bitcoin in the app catalog.
  5. Click the Install button of the app.
    • An installation window appears.
    • Your device will display Processing...
    • The app installation is confirmed.
Configure public key exports

The Bitcoin app can export your extended public key (xpub) to web apps in a U2F compatible web browser (Chrome, Opera or Firefox). The xpub is privacy-sensitive information, as all public addresses can be generated from it.

Public key exports by default require manual approval on the device to prevent inadvertent sharing of your public addresses. This setting can be configured as follows:

  1. Open the Bitcoin app.
  2. Navigate to Settings > Public key export approval.
  3. Choose one of two options:
    • Manual approval (default): public key exports require a confirmation on the device.
    • Auto approval: public key exports are automatically approved.
Bitcoin address formats

Bitcoin accounts have an address format that is set when the account is added in Ledger Live. The address format you choose for your coins can always be changed: bitcoin can be sent from one address format to any other. The following address formats are supported:

Native SegWit

Native SegWit addresses start with bc1. These are bech32 addresses that offer better protection against typos and are cheaper to spend from on top of the advantages of SegWit addresses.

  If your exchange does not support sending to a native segwit address, you may add a regular segwit account to temporarily send to and request your exchange to support sending to native segwit addresses.

SegWit

SegWit addresses start with a 3. The SegWit upgrade reduces network fees, speeds up transaction signing on hardware wallets, and enables second-layer solutions like Lightning Network.

Legacy

Legacy addresses start with a 1. This is an older Bitcoin address format. Legacy addresses previously generated using a Ledger hardware wallet will show up when adding an account, but new legacy accounts cannot be added.

  Address privacy

Bitcoin transactions are public information. Do not re-use your addresses for optimal privacy. Ledger Live automatically generates new addresses and keeps track of your previous ones. Previous addresses do remain valid, but they don't offer an optimal level of privacy.

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