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Set up a Binance Smart Chain (BSC) account in Ledger Live

This article describes the Binance Smart Chain (BSC), explains the difference between BSC and Ethereum, and details how to create and manage a Ledger BSC account with a Ledger device.

What are the main differences between Binance Smart Chain and Ethereum?

Although BSC and Ethereum share a lot of similarities, there are also some important differences between the two projects.

  BSC Ethereum
What Ledger app should I use? Ledger Binance Smart Chain app Ledger Ethereum app
Native coin BNB ETH
Are tokens supported? Yes, BSC supports BEP20 and BEP721 (NFT) tokens. Yes, Ethereum supports ERC20 tokens and ERC721 (NFT) tokens.
How are transaction fees paid? Always in BNB Always in ETH
What coins and tokens can I keep in my Ledger account? You can keep BNB and BEP20 tokens in a Ledger Binance Smart Chain account You can keep ETH and ERC20 tokens in an Ledger Ethereum account
Consensus mechanism Proof-of-authority, which a variant of proof-of-stake but optimized for a small set of stakers (aka validators). Proof-of-work
Can I stake the chain’s native token? Yes, you can stake BNB to become a validator but the minimum requirements for solo-staking are high. No
What tool can I use to track my transactions? Bscscan Etherscan

Creating a Binance Smart Chain account in Ledger Live

  1. Open the Ledger Live app.
  2. Connect and unlock your Ledger device.
  3. Navigate to the Accounts tab, click the Add account button, select Binance Smart Chain, and click Continue
  4. Once a BSC account is added, navigate to the Receive tab, select your BSC account and click Continue. Ledger Live and your Ledger device will display your Binance smart Chain address.
  5. Verify this address on your device and click Confirm. This address can be used to deposit BNB or BEP20 tokens.

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Why does my Binance Smart Chain account address look like my Ethereum account address?

You might have noticed that your Ledger Ethereum address and Ledger BSC address look the same.

This is because the Ledger Ethereum and BSC apps use the same cryptographic techniques to generate addresses. This is possible because, as a fork of go-ethereum, BSC shares a lot of “digital DNA” with the Ethereum network.

A word of caution

  • Though your BSC and Ethereum addresses look similar, it’s important to note that they actually exist on two different networks.
  • As a result, please avoid sending ETH and ERC20 tokens to your BSC account. Similarly, avoid sending BNB and BEP20 tokens to your Ledger Ethereum account.

Withdraw crypto to my Ledger Binance Smart Chain account from Binance exchange

  1. In your Binance exchange account, go to the Withdaw Crypto section and select the coin you wish to withdraw.
  2. In the address field, paste your Ledger BSC address, make sure that the BEP20 (BSC) network is selected, and complete the withdrawal.

BEP20 or BEP2?

  • There is a difference between the BEP20 and the BEP2 network. 
  • The BEP2 network refers to Binance Chain, which is a different network from Binance Smart Chain (BSC). You can learn more about these differences in this article.
  • When withdrawing assets from Binance to your Ledger BSC address, make sure to always select the BEP20 network.

 

Are all BEP20 tokens supported by the Ledger Live app?

While it's possible to withdraw most crypto assets to your Ledger BSC account in the form of BEP20 tokens, only a subset of all existing BEP20 tokens are currently supported by the Ledger Live app.

From the perspective of Ledger Live there are three types of BEP20 tokens:

  • Fully supported BEP20 tokens will show in Ledger Live and display a balance amount (the number of tokens in that balance) and a balance value (how much the balance is worth) denominated in fiat currency (EUR, USD, RMB, etc).
  • Partially supported BEP20 tokens will display a balance amount but not a balance value.
  • Non-supported BEP20 tokens will not show in Ledger Live at all. They will not be reflected in your total portfolio value and will not create a transaction history in Ledger Live.

I think I have sent unsupported BEP20 tokens to my Ledger BSC address!

  • Don't worry, your tokens are safe.
  • You should be able to see your tokens by pasting your Ledger BSC address into Bscscan then searching the drop-down menu located next to the Token field.
  • To access your non-supported BEP20 balance, however, you’ll need to use your Ledger device with a third-party app called Metamask.
  • A detailed tutorial is available here and copied in the next section.

Access my non-supported BEP-20 token balance

This tutorial will show you how to use Metamask to access your Ledger BSC account and manually add your BEP-20 tokens.

  1. Close Ledger Live.
  2. Download the Firefox browser on your computer.
  3. Download and install the Metamask extension on Firefox.
  4. Once installed in your browser, create a new Metamask wallet by following these instructions.
  5. Next, connect your Metamask wallet to the Smart Chain network using this tutorial.

  6. Plug your Ledger device into your computer and open the Binance Smart Chain app on your Ledger device by navigating to the Binance Smart Chain icon and pressing both buttons simultaneously.
  7. Connect your Ledger device to Metamask using this tutorial in order to find your Ledger BSC account in Metamask.

  8. Add your BEP-20 token to Metamask as a custom token by following this tutorial.
    For example, this is how to add ETH:

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