This article describes how to restore your passphrase accounts on a new Ledger device or after your existing device is reset.
Restoring your passphrase accounts
- Grab your recovery phrase and passphrase.
- Restore your recovery phrase into your new (or reset) Ledger device as shown here.
- On your Ledger device, hold both buttons simultaneously to open the Control Center.
- Navigate to Settings > Security >Passphrase > Set up Passphrase.
- Select Attach to PIN.
- Chose and confirm your passphrase PIN. You can use your old passphrase PIN or choose a new passphrase PIN.
- Enter your existing passphrase.
- Confirm your passphrase by carefully checking the spelling on the device's screen.
- Confirm your passphrase with your current PIN. This is the PIN you chose during the device's initial setup.
Your device displays Processing then Passphrase set.
- Switch off your device, switch it back on then unlock your device with your passphrase PIN to load your passphrase private keys into the device.
- Open Ledger Live, navigate to the Accounts tab then use the +Add account button to add your passphrase accounts. You're done!
Did you know?
- All the recovery phrases and passphrases created by your Ledger device comply to the BIP39 standard.
- As such, you can import a recovery phrase + passphrase created by a third-party hardware wallet (like a Trezor or ColdCard) into your Ledger device.
- The opposite is also true. You can safely restore your Ledger recovery phrase and passphrase accounts into any BIP39-compatible hardware wallet.
- However, keep in mind that it's not safe to import a recovery phrase created by a software wallet (like Metamask) into your Ledger device. More on this here.