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Set up and use polkadot.js to access your Ledger Polkadot (DOT) accounts

This tutorial describes how to set up and use the polkadot.js app with your Ledger device to access your Ledger Polkadot (DOT) accounts.

Before you start

  • Make sure that you are using the latest version of the Polkadot app.
  • Make sure to close the Ledger Live app as it can conflict with polkadot.js.

Connect your device to polkadot.js

  1. On your Ledger device, open the Polkadot app
  2. Go to polkadot.js.
  3. Select in the top left corner tile.
    The next page may take some time to load.
  4. Click Polkadot in the Polkadot icon to open the side panel and make sure that you're connected via Parity.
  5. Close the panel by clicking on the cross button.
  6. Navigate to Settings manage hardware connections and then choose:
    • Attach Ledger via WebUSB if you are on Windows.

    • Attach Ledger via WebHID if you are on macOS or Linux.

  7. Click Save.

Add your first Ledger DOT account

  1. In the top header, go to Accounts.
  2. In the drop-down menu, click Accounts.
  3. Select Add via Ledger.
  4. In the subsequent menu, enter a name in the Name field, then leave Account type and Address index as they are. Click Save.
    A pop-up window may appear.
  5. To confirm the connection with your Ledger device, select your device then click Connect.
    You should now be able to see your Ledger Polkadot (DOT) account and manage your funds from the polkadot.js app.

Add your other Ledger DOT accounts

If you own multiple Polkadot (DOT) accounts, follow the steps below to add your other DOT accounts:

  1. Select Add via Ledger.
  2. In the Name field, choose a different name for your second account.
  3. In the Account type field, choose Account type 1.
  4. Click Save.

Your second DOT account should now show up next to your first account. If you own a third account, follow the same steps but this time choose Account type 2, and so on.

How to use a Ledger device with polkadot.js

Need more help?

Please reach out to Ledger support, we will be happy to provide assistance.


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