Initialize your device

Initialize your Ledger Nano S device to get started. The device will generate new private keys that manage your crypto assets. Alternatively, restore a configuration to recover the private keys linked to an existing recovery phrase.


  • a Ledger Nano S with the supplied micro USB cable;
  • a computer (at least Windows 10, macOS 10.8, or Linux) with internet;
  • The Ledger Live application downloaded and installed.​


It is recommended to start Ledger Live that guides you through the process described below.

Step 1. Start initialization
  1. Connect the Ledger Nano S to your computer using the supplied USB cable.
  2. Read the instructions on the screen. Press both buttons simultaneously to proceed.
  3. Press the right button located above the validation icon when Configure as new device? is displayed. 
Step 2. Choose a PIN code
  • Firmware version 1.3 or higher requires a PIN code between 4 and 8 digits long.
  • Firmware version 1.2 or lower requires a 4-digit PIN code.

To set your PIN

  1. Press both buttons when Choose a PIN is displayed on the device.
  2. Press the right or left button to choose the first digit of your PIN code.
  3. Press both buttons to select the digit.
  4. Repeat the process until all digits of your PIN code are selected.
  5. Select the check icon (✓) and press both buttons to confirm the pincode.


Step 3. Save your recovery phrase

Your 24-word recovery phrase will now be displayed word by word on the Ledger Nano S screen. Be careful, your recovery phrase will be displayed only once.

  1. Take the blank Recovery sheet supplied in the box.
  2. Write down the first word (Word #1) on the Recovery sheet. Verify that you have copied it correctly in position 1.
  3. Press the right button to move to the second word (Word #2). Write it in position 2 on the Recovery sheet. Verify that you've copied it correctly.
  4. Repeat the process until the twenty-fourth word (Word #24). Confirm your recovery phrase will be shown on the screen after word 24.
  5. Select the requested word by navigating with the left or right button. Validate the word by pressing both buttons. Repeat this step for each requested word.
  6. Your device is now ready is shown once you've successfully completed the initialization.

Tip: Install the Recovery Check app to verify your recovery phrase again.