Change addresses

Most transactions include two destination addresses. One address belongs to the recipient and the other one is a change address that belongs to your own hardware wallet. This applies to crypto assets based on Bitcoin, not for ETH, XRP etc.

How it works

When a transaction does not entirely consume the coins it is spending, the difference is known as change. The change is sent back to an automatically generated address called the change address.

  • Ledger Live automatically generates a fresh change address for every new transaction that does not fully spend its inputs.
  • Ledger Live automatically takes care of change, you do not have to track the coins on your change addresses.
  • It is not possible to check which address is your change address in Ledger Live. You can check your Bitcoin change addresses using Electrum.
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