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Ethereum (ETH)

Install the Ethereum app on your Ledger hardware wallet to manage Ethereum (ETH) with Ledger Live. The Ethereum app is developed and supported by Ledger. Check the Ethereum wallet page to learn more.

Before you start

Install the Ethereum 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 Ethereum in the app catalog.
  5. Click the Install button of the app.
    • Your device will display Processing...
    • The app will be installed.

  Smart contracts not supported in Ledger Live

Smart contracts are currently not supported in Ledger Live. Please use MyEtherWallet or MyCrypto to send to contract addresses.

To send arbitrary data to smart contracts, you need to enable Contract Data in the Ethereum app. Please note that enabling Contract Data means that you can't properly verify and sign transactions, making them less secure. 

For simplicity, you can keep Debug Data disabled. Otherwise, it will make you validate every 32 bytes sent to the contract. 

Enable contract data

  1. Connect and unlock your Ledger device.
  2. Open the Ethereum application.
  3. Press the right button to navigate to Settings. Then press both buttons to validate.
  4. In the Contract data settings, press both buttons to allow contract data in transactions. 
    The device displays Allowed

Important note about allowing contract data

  • Allowing contract data is an advanced feature that is only required for complex transactions involving smart contracts.
  • It's recommended to switch contract data back to the default NOT ALLOWED after use.
  • Please note that contract data will also reset to the default NOT ALLOWED after a firmware update or after the Ethereum app is updated.

Next steps

 Gas Usage

  • Ethereum paid for your transactions is called Gas.
  • Gas Price: Amount of Ethereum used per unit of Gas. This determines the speed of your transaction.
  • Gas Limit: The maximum units of Gas you will pay. If this is set too low, your transaction can fail for running Out of Gas. Only the ETH worth of burnt gas will be deducted from your balance, the amount that was supposed to be sent remains in your account.



If you have mistakenly sent ETH to an Ethereum based account such as Ethereum Classic, you can use our Eth recovery app to recover your Ethereum. Learn how to use the Eth recovery app in this article

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