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Bitcoin (BTC)

Bitcoin FAQ
  • My BTC receiving address is changing every time. This is normal. Learn more.

  • My send BTC transaction is stuck on pending. Check how to speed it up.
  • I have errors while managing my Bitcoin account in Ledger Live:
    • "No signature for input 254 present" on sending. Being fixed, meanwhile please use Electrum with your Ledger device.
    • “non-standard path: 44'/145'/0'/0/0" on adding an account. To solve this, disable "Extended account search" in Ledger Live Settings -> Experimental features -> Extended account search.
    • API HTTP 503 synchronization error. To solve it, check this article.
  • Is the Bitcoin Lighting Network supported?
    • At this time, both Ledger and Ledger Live do not offer support for the Bitcoin Lightning network, which means you can't use your Ledger device with the Lightning network just yet. To access the Lightning network, you'll need to move your Bitcoin to a wallet that does support it.

This article will help you set up your first Bitcoin (BTC) account with your Ledger device and the Ledger Live app.

 Temporary issue: Ledger Live Desktop v2.77.2 may incorrectly display your entire balance being sent it for pending Bitcoin (BTC) transactions

When sending a Bitcoin (BTC) transaction, you may temporarily see your entire balance being sent out on Ledger Live Desktop version 2.77.2. This is purely a visual glitch and does not send out your full balance (unless you actually decided to send out your entire balance). This issue fixes itself once your transaction is confirmed. You can always look up your transaction ID on a Bitcoin block explorer to see the correct details of your transaction. An example of a Bitcoin block explorer would be https://blockstream.info

 Why is my Bitcoin (BTC) receiving address changing after every transaction?

Blockchains based on Bitcoin (this includes Bitcoin (BTC) but also Litecoin (LTC), Zcash (ZEC), and Bitcoin Cash (BCH)) are public networks. For optimal privacy, the addresses of those crypto assets should generally not be re-used after a transaction. For other crypto assets (Ethereum, XRP, Stellar, etc.) the address stays the same.

Ledger Live generates new addresses for crypto assets based on Bitcoin. The previous addresses do remain valid, but they don't offer an optimal level of privacy. Learn more

 Is the Bitcoin Lighting Network supported?

At this time, both Ledger and Ledger Live do not offer support for the Bitcoin Lightning network, which means you can't use your Ledger device with the Lightning network just yet. To access the Lightning network, you'll need to move your Bitcoin to a wallet that does support it.

Before you start

  • Download and install Ledger Live on your computer. You can learn more about how to get started with Ledger Live here.
  • Open Ledger Live, connect your Ledger device to My Ledger and make sure your device is running the latest firmware version.
  • Update the firmware of your Ledger Nano SNano S Plus / Nano X.

Install the Bitcoin (BTC) app on your Ledger device

  1. Open Ledger Live and navigate to the My Ledger tab.
  2. Connect and unlock your Ledger device.
  3. If prompted, allow My Ledger to access your device.
  4. Search for the Bitcoin (BTC) app in the app catalog.
  5. Click the Install button to install the app on your Ledger device.
    • Your Ledger device displays Processing.
    • Ledger Live displays Installed. You're done.


       The Bitcoin app is developed and supported by Ledger.

Add a Bitcoin account to Ledger Live with your Ledger device

To add a Bitcoin (BTC) account in Ledger Live, follow these steps:

  1. In Ledger Live, navigate to the 'Accounts' tab and select '+ Add account'.
  2. In the drop-down menu, select Bitcoin (BTC) and click on 'Continue'.



  3. You will then be prompted to open the Bitcoin app on your Ledger device by using its buttons.



  4. After selecting a name for your new Bitcoin (BTC) account, click 'Add account.'.
  5. Finally, click 'Done' to complete the addition of your Bitcoin account to Ledger Live.




    Your new Bitcoin account is now set up and ready to use in Ledger Live. You can use it to both send and receive Bitcoin (BTC) from any wallet or cryptocurrency exchange, including Coinbase, Binance, Kraken, KuCoin, Huobi, or any other platform that facilitates Bitcoin (BTC) transactions.




Learn how to secure and protect your Bitcoin

Advanced features

How to create different Bitcoin account types

Ledger Live will, by default, create Bitcoin "Native SegWit" accounts. However, there are situations where you might wish to create a different type of Bitcoin account.

Here's how to change the default account type:

  1. When adding a new Bitcoin account via the Accounts > +Add account button in Ledger Live, toggle Show all address types at step 3 of the process.
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  2. Select your desired account(s) type:
    Native SegWit (default account type) SegWit Taproot Legacy
    Native SegWit accounts create Bitcoin deposit addresses starting with bc1q. Native SegWit accounts offer better protection against typos and are cheaper to spend from compared to SegWit or Legacy accounts.
  3. Click Add account(s).

  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.

Swapping Bitcoin (BTC) in Ledger Live

You can securely swap Bitcoin (BTC) coins for other cryptocurrencies, including Ethereum (ETH), Solana (SOL), USDT Tether, XRP, Dogecoin (DOGE) and more, using the Swap feature in Ledger Live. 



Final steps

  • Receive BTC into your Bitcoin account from a crypto exchange or wallet. Learn more.
  • Send BTC from your Bitcoin account. Learn more.
  • Learn more about BTC and the Bitcoin network here.
  • Buy Bitcoin (BTC) directly into your Ledger Bitcoin account through Ledger Live. Learn more here.
    Additionally, you can set up recurring Bitcoin purchases, also known as the Dollar Cost Averaging (DCA) strategy, using the third-party service StakinSat, accessible in the 'Discover' section of Ledger Live.

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