Set up as new device

Set up your Ledger Nano S as a new device to get started. It will generate new private keys so you can manage your crypto assets. You will also write down a new 24-word recovery phrase.

Alternatively, restore your device from a recovery phrase to recover the private keys linked to an existing recovery phrase.

What you need

  • Ledger Nano S with the supplied micro USB cable.
  • Computer (at least Windows 8 (64-bit), macOS 10.8, or Linux) with internet.
  • The Ledger Live application downloaded and installed.​

Instructions

Ledger Live features interactive setup instructions. Simply open the app to get started.

Step 1. Set up as new device
  1. Connect the Ledger Nano S to your computer using the supplied USB cable.
  2. Read the instructions on the screen. Press both buttons simultaneously to proceed.
  3. Press the right button located above the validation icon when Configure as new device? is displayed.
Step 2. Choose a PIN code
  1. Press both buttons when Choose a PIN is displayed on the device.
  2. Press the right or left button to choose the first digit of your PIN code.
  3. Press both buttons to select the digit.
  4. Repeat the process until all digits of your PIN code are selected.
  5. Select the check icon (✓) and press both buttons to confirm the pincode.
  6. Confirm your PIN code by entering it once more.

  Security tips

  • Choose your own PIN code. This code unlocks your device.
  • An 8-digit PIN code offers an optimal level of security.
  • Never use a device 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 S screen. Be careful, your recovery phrase will be displayed only once.

  1. Take the blank Recovery sheet supplied in the box.
  2. Write down the first word (Word #1) on the Recovery sheet. Verify that you have copied it correctly in position 1.
  3. Press the right button to move to the second word (Word #2). Write it in position 2 on the Recovery sheet. Verify that you've copied it correctly.
  4. Repeat the process until the twenty-fourth word (Word #24). Confirm your recovery phrase will be shown on the screen after word 24.
  5. Select the requested word by navigating with the left or right button. Validate the word by pressing both buttons. Repeat this step for each requested word.
  6. Your device is now ready is shown once you've successfully completed the initialization.

  Security tips

  • Anyone with access to your recovery phrase could take your assets. Store it securely.
  • Ledger does not keep a backup of your 24 words. Ensure you are the only holder.
  • Never use a device supplied with a recovery phrase and/or a PIN code.
  • Contact Ledger Support in case of doubt.

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