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Ethereum (ETH)

Ethereum FAQ

This article will show you how to create your first Ethereum (ETH) account with your Ledger device and the Ledger Live app.

 Upcoming Ethereum Cancun - Dened (Dencun) Upgrade Notice

Ethereum's next major upgrade, Dencun, is slated to go live on March 13, 2024 at epoch 269568. This update will introduce EIP-4844 (also known as 'proto-danksharding') which is a way for Ethereum L2 chains to add cheaper data to the Ethereum blockchain.

As a Ledger user, you will not be impacted by the Ethereum Dencun hardfork. Ethereum (ETH) accounts in Ledger Live will remain usable as normal before, during, and after the upgrade. No actions are required. Beware of scams however; your recovery phrase isn't required for the hardfork, never share your recovery phrase with anyone.

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 Ethereum (ETH) app on your Ledger device

  1. Open Ledger Live and navigate to the 'My Ledger' section.
  2. Connect and unlock your Ledger device.
  3. If asked, allow Ledger Live on your device.
  4. Search for the Ethereum (ETH) 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.

 Ethereum (ETH) and Ethereum Classic (ETC)

Ethereum (ETH) and Ethereum Classic (ETC) represent two distinct networks. ETH is a very popular proof-of-stake (POS) network widely used for DeFi, smart contracts, ERC20 tokens, and NFTs. In contrast, ETC operates on a proof-of-work (POW) system and isn't as commonly used. If you're venturing into crypto and have Ethereum in mind, you likely want Ethereum (ETH).

Add an Ethereum (ETH) account to Ledger Live with your Ledger device

  1. In Ledger Live, navigate to the Accounts section.
  2. Click on +Add account, select Ethereum (ETH) from the drop-down menu, and then click on Continue.



  3. When prompted, open the Ethereum app on your Ledger device using the buttons.
  4. You'll be given the option to name your account or go with the default name. Once everything looks good, click on 'Add account' in Ledger Live.
  5. Click on 'Done' to finalize adding your account to Ledger Live.

    You're all set, you can now navigate to your Ethereum account and use the 'Receive' button to obtain and verify your Ethereum account address with your Ledger device and use it to receive ETH coins, ERC20 tokens, and Ethereum NFTs in your Ledger account.

Advanced features

Enable blind signing

  Note that the name of the setting has changed from Contract data to Blind signing for clarity purposes. 

  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 Blind signing settings, press both buttons to enable blind signing in transactions. 
    The device displays Enabled

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Important note about enabling blind signing

  • Enabling blind signing is an advanced feature that is only required for signing transactions involving smart contracts (e.g. swapping tokens via a decentralized exchange). 
  • It's recommended to disable blind signing after use.
  • Please note that blind signing will be automatically disabled after a firmware update or after the Ethereum (ETH) app is updated.
  • This can happen whenever the app is manually updated via My Ledger in Ledger Live or after a firmware update that requires apps to be reinstalled. You can re-enable blind signing as needed by using the instructions above.

Troubleshooting

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.

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Auto verification not available message
When you enter an Ethereum address in Ledger Live that is entirely lower or upper case, the message 'auto verification is not available for this address" will appear.
Note that Ethereum addresses are not case-sensitive.
Proceed extra carefully by double-checking the address and by sending a small test transaction first. Please refer to this article to learn more.
Sent ETH to an Ethereum-based account such as Ethereum Classic

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

Swapping Ethereum (ETH) in Ledger Live

You can securely swap Ethereum (ETH) coins for other cryptocurrencies, including Bitcoin (BTC), Solana (SOL), USDT Tether, XRP, Dogecoin (DOGE) and more, using the Swap feature in Ledger Live. As of December 2023, a minimum of 0.0285 ETH is required to initiate a swap transaction from your Ethereum (ETH) account.



Final steps

  • Receive ETH and ERC20 tokens into your Ledger Ethereum account. Learn more.
  • Send ETH and ERC20 assets from your Ledger Ethereum account. Learn more.
  • Manage your ERC20 tokens from your Ledger Ethereum account. Learn more.
  • Buy ETH directly into your Ledger Ethereum account through Ledger Live. Learn more here.
  • Stake your ETH to get rewards. Learn more.
  • Learn more about ETH and the Ethereum network here.

 What is Wrapped ETH (WETH)?

Wrapped ETH (WETH) is an ERC20 token that mirrors the value of ETH. While its value aligns with regular ETH, WETH is useful because it facilitates interactions with specific dapps and smart contracts. As an ERC20 token, you can send WETH to your Ethereum (ETH) account and manage it in Ledger Live just like any other ERC20 token. After transferring, your WETH balance will be visible within your Ethereum (ETH) account in Ledger Live.

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