Restore from recovery phrase

Restore a Ledger Nano X device from your recovery phrase to restore, replace or clone a device. The Ledger Nano X will recover the private keys backed up by your confidential recovery phrase.

  Set up as a new device to generate new private keys and save a new recovery phrase as a backup.

Before you start

  • Download and install the Ledger Live companion app on your computer or phone.
  • Get the recovery phrase to restore. BIP39/BIP44 recovery phrases are supported.

Choose your PIN code

  1. Press the button next to the USB port for 3 seconds to turn on your Ledger Nano X.
  2. Press the right or left button to read through all on-screen instructions.
  3. Press both buttons to choose Restore from recovery phrase.
  4. Press the left or right button to select a digit. Press both buttons to validate a digit.
  5. Select checkmark-icon.png to confirm your PIN code of 4 to 8 digits. Select backspace-icon.png to erase a digit.
  6. Enter the PIN code again to confirm it.
  • Always choose your own PIN code.
  • Use 8 digits for optimal security.
  • Never use a device supplied with a PIN code or a recovery phrase.

Enter your recovery phrase

  1. Choose the length of your recovery phrase (12, 18 or 24 words). Press both buttons to validate.
  2. Enter the first letters of Word #1 by selecting them with the right or left button. Press both buttons to validate each letter.
  3. Choose Word #1 from the suggested words. Press both buttons to validate it.
  4. Repeat the process until the last word of your recovery phrase.
  5. Your device is now ready is displayed if you've successfully entered your recovery phrase.
  • Carefully secure your 24-word recovery phrase out of sight.
  • Make sure you are the sole holder of your recovery phrase.
  • Ledger does not keep any backup of your recovery phrase.
  • Never use a device supplied with a recovery phrase or a PIN code.

Invalid recovery phrase?

  • Make sure the correct recovery phrase length is selected. Always enter all words of a recovery phrase.
  • Verify that the order of the words entered on the device matches the order on your Recovery sheet.
  • Check that all the words of your recovery phrase are on the BIP39 word list

Next steps

You've successfully restored your private keys on your device!


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