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Set up and use Phantom to access your Ledger Solana (SOL) account

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This tutorial describes how to set up and use the Phantom browser extension with your Ledger device to access your Ledger Solana (SOL) account(s).

  You can also create and manage your Solana (SOL) account with your Ledger device connected to the Ledger Live app.

 Please be aware that it is not possible to use your Ledger device to secure old Solana accounts created solely through Phantom. If you aim to transfer funds from an account initially created by Phantom to one created by your Ledger device, this will require executing a transaction to move the funds from your Phantom account to your Ledger account.

Before you start

  • Ensure the latest version of the Solana (SOL) app is installed on your Ledger device.
  • Make sure to close Ledger Live as it can conflict with the Phantom extension.
  •  Phantom on Firefox doesn't support Ledger devices so we recommend using Chrome or Brave browser

Accessing your Ledger Solana account(s) via Phantom

Here are the steps to access your Ledger-protected Solana accounts through Phantom.

  1. Open your browser and install the Phantom extension.
  2. Select Create New Wallet, copy your 12-word Phantom recovery phrase, and click OK, I saved it somewhere.
     Your 12-word phantom recovery phrase does not replace your 24-word Ledger recovery phrase. Make sure to keep them both secure and secret.
  3. Choose a password, confirm it, agree to the terms of service, and click Save.
  4. Finish the onboarding then open the Phantom extension in your browser.
  5. Connect your Ledger device and open the Solana (SOL) app on your device.
  6. In the Phantom extension, go to Settings (=) then select Add / Connect Wallet.
  7. Select Connect Hardware Wallet and click Continue.
  8. You'll be prompted to choose a chain. Pick Solana from the menu and click Continue.
    Phantom will start detecting your Ledger accounts.
  9. Select the Ledger account(s) you wish to add to Phantom then click Continue followed by Done.
  10. Once your accounts are successfully added, highlight your Ledger account and click the copy icon. This will copy your Ledger address.
    Use this copied address to receive SOL, USDC, or other SPL tokens directly into your Ledger account

Resolving Ledger Connectivity Issues with Phantom

If you encounter any issues using your Ledger Nano S, S Plus, or X with Phantom, rest assured that there are several common troubleshooting methods to help you resolve the problem. Follow these steps to ensure a smooth connection:

Remove the Ledger Account

If the transaction is not being broadcasted to the Nano for approval, try completely removing the Ledger account from Phantom, then go through the steps to add it back in. To do this, go to:

  • Settings > Manage accounts > Select the Ledger wallet, then "Remove Account." Then re-add, as laid out at the beginning of the article.
Turn on "Blind Sign"

Go to the Solana or Ethereum App, then click right to settings, then turn on Blind Sign.

Use Supported Browsers

Make sure you are using Chrome, Edge, or Brave as Ledger isn't currently supported on Firefox.

Close Ledger Live

Ensure the Ledger Live app is closed on your computer while attempting to connect with Phantom.

Check Cable Connection

Verify that the cable connecting your Ledger device to the computer is properly plugged in. If the cable is old or faulty, consider replacing it. 

Maintain Native Tokens on Ledger

Make sure you leave some native tokens on the Ledger to ensure smooth communication with Phantom.

Send a Simple Transaction

Send a simple transaction from your Ledger to your Phantom Address. If it does not work, try the following:

  • Restart your computer and try again.
  • Try adding your Ledger in a brand new browser, e.g., Brave (if you are using Chrome). Install the extension from the only.

Still need help? 

If you're experiencing issues using the Phantom wallet, please reach out to Phantom wallet support.

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