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Staking ETH through Ledger Live with Lido

This article provides an overview of Lido and explains the process of staking ETH through Ledger Live using Lido. It also covers the steps to withdraw (unstake) staked ETH from the Lido protocol.

 Staking via Lido on iPhones

  • Ledger Live versions 2.37.3 and above remove the Ledger Live Discover section for iOS mobiles to comply with Apple App Store guidelines.
  • As a result, staking via Lido in Ledger Live is not available for iPhone users.
  • To use Lido, please download the desktop or the Android version of Ledger Live app via this link.
What is Lido?

Lido is a third-party staking service that lets Ethereum users stake their ETH and get stETH rewards* in return. The Lido app is not operated by Ledger but by the Lido team through Ledger Live.

Since the Ethereum Merge, it's possible for anyone holding at least 32 ETH to run a validator node and help add blocks to the Ethereum blockchain.

With Lido, you don't need 32 ETH to start staking. Lido will pool your ETH with funds provided by other users until the pool reaches 32 ETH. Lido will then set up a validator node by depositing the ETH into Ethereum's staking contract and proportionally share staking rewards with you.

Withdrawing ETH from the staking contract is not yet possible, however.

To make up for the loss of liquidity (your ETH being locked in the staking contract and unavailable to trade), Lido will send you a number of stETH tokens equivalent to the amount of ETH staked plus daily stETH rewards. You can learn more about how this works here.

What is stETH?

stETH is an ERC20 token whose value is indexed to the value of ETH. In other words, this means that the price of stETH should be roughly equivalent to the price of ETH.

stETH is liquid. This means that it can be freely traded and transacted in and out of your Ledger wallet like any other ERC20 tokens. You can learn more about managing ERC20 tokens here.

Finally, your Ledger stETH balance will update daily to account for stETH rewards. This update is automatic and does not require a transaction to your Ledger wallet. You can learn more about this automatic rebase mechanism here and you can use this tool to track your stETH rewards.

I understand Lido. Now, how do I stake my ETH for stETH?

  • Detailed instructions for staking ETH via Lido are available in the tab below.
  • Interested to learn more about Lido? Lido's official FAQ might have the information you're looking for.
How to stake ETH with Lido?

Before you start

Install the Lido app on your Ledger device

  1. Open Ledger Live and navigate to My Ledger tab.
  2. Connect and unlock your Ledger device.
  3. If asked, allow My Ledger to access your Ledger device.
  4. Search for the Lido 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.


Stake ETH with Lido through Ledger Live

  1. In Ledger Live, navigate to the Accounts tab.
  2. Select your Ethereum account with ETH you want to stake.
  3. On the top-left corner, tap Stake button.
    The Lido app opens in Ledger Live.
  4. Select the amount of ETH you wish to stake then click Submit
  5. Select preferred fees then click on Continue
  6. Sign the transaction on your Ledger device.
    Once the transaction clears you will receive an amount of stETH equivalent to the amount of ETH staked.
How to view your ETH staking rewards via Lido
  • You have the ability to monitor your ETH staking rewards via Lido through Ledger Live. Simply head over to the Rewards section in the Lido app. Staking rewards are distributed on a daily basis, leading to a direct increase in your stETH balance.


Can I unstake my ETH via Lido?
  • Yes, ever since the successful launch of Lido v2 on May 16, 2023, users now have the option to withdraw (unstake) their staked ETH (stETH) through the Lido app in Ledger Live or directly via the Lido website. You can also unstake your ETH by swapping stETH for regular ETH with Paraswap which is available in the Discover section in Ledger Live.

    For detailed instructions on how to unstake your ETH with the Lido app or Paraswap, please refer to this article.


 What are the risks of staking ETH via Lido?

Staking ETH via Lido has inherent risks tied to liquid staking, including slashing, stETH deviating from its ETH peg, and potential smart contract vulnerabilities. Learn more details here.
If you want to avoid some of the disadvantages of liquid staking, you can try out pooled staking with Kiln.

*Rewards are not guaranteed. Ledger does not provide any financial advice or recommendation.

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