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August 17, 2021

Are you a new user of Ledger Nano S who doesn’t have any idea how to use the device for basic necessities? Let us help you out with the detailing of the initialization of the device, downloading apps and transaction. Here we go!

How to use the Nano Ledger S

Initialize the Ledger Nano S

First of all, connect the Nano S device to the computer using a USB cable. Make sure that you are using the supplied cable, not any random one.

Some instructions should appear on the screen of the offline wallet in case the connection is proper. You may read the instructions if you want, it’s not mandatory though. To proceed, you need to press both right and left buttons at a time.

As you proceed and the next screen appears, a question should pop up “Configure as new device?” As you see it, press the right button (that is just above the validation icon) of the wallet.

Set a PIN code

Before you start setting the code, consider the following things rigorously:

  • The PIN code should be of 4 digits if the firmware version is 1.2 or lower than that.
  • The PIN code should be of 4 or 8 digits if the firmware version is 1.3 or higher than that.

Start setting the PIN

If the initialization of your Ledger wallet is a success then “Choose a PIN” will automatically appear on the screen of the wallet. To give your consent, you need to press both right and left buttons simultaneously.

  • A series of numbers from 0 to 9 will be on the screen so that you can choose your PIN. 
  • To choose a digit, you should use the right or the left button. As you reach the expected digit, press both buttons at a time to confirm the digit. 
  • This is how you choose a single digit and you still have to choose 3 or 7 more digits and confirm in the same process.
  • Even though for the firmware version 1.3 or higher, you’re advisable to set a PIN code of 8 digits yet you may use 4 digits only. 
  • After the selection and confirmation of every 4 digit, you will get the option for finalization. Whenever you want to finalize, just select the check icon and confirm by pressing both buttons at a time. 

Write down the recovery phrase 

Once you are successful in forming the PIN code and confirming it, a series of 24 unique words will be displayed on the screen. 

These are the words, which form the heart of the security of your crypto currency. As soon as none can reach these words, your currencies are stored securely. 

Again, to recover your lost Ledger Nano S, you will be in need of these 24 words. 

Considering the beggar descriptive importance of the recovery phrase, here follow a number of instructions for you that you must obey for your own sake:

  • As every word will be displayed only once, it is strongly advisable to write down the words for permanent preservation.
  • With the box of your purchased Ledger Nano S, you will definitely have a blank sheet. This is the sheet where you are to note down the words.
  • Write down the first word beside the serial no. 1. Cast sharp eyes on your written word and the displayed one to match the spelling.
  • Press the right button of the device to move to the next word and write down that beside the serial no. 2. Keep repeating the same process until you copy the last word. 
  • As soon as you copy down the 24 no. word, “Confirm your recovery phrase” will appear on the screen.
  • Select the requested word by navigating with the right or left button. Validate the word by pressing both buttons and repeat this step for each requested word.
  • Once you come to an end to this process, the screen will show the message “Your device is now ready”.

Download the Ledger Manager Application and wallet

Once you complete the process of initialization successfully, it is time to download the Ledger Manager app and Bitcoin or Ethereum or Ripple app on your desktop or laptop from the Chrome app.

As soon as the manager app and any of the wallets or all the wallets are downloaded, something more is left to do:

  • First of all, connect the offline wallet to your computer using the supplied USB cable
  • By entering the PIN code, you can launch the expected crypto currency (Bitcoin or Ethereum or Ripple) application
  • Open the crypto currency app from your ledger device where you will find your account and handle the coins 

How to receive crypto currencies on your Ledger Nano S?

Let us assume that you want to receive Ripple, so this is how you will complete the transaction:

  • Connect the wallet to your computer using the supplied USB cable. By entering the PIN code, launch the Bitcoin application on it
  • Open the Ripple chrome app from your computer. On the page, there must be an option named ‘Receive’
  • Got the required option? Well, click on it and a new tab should pop up instantly where there will be a Ripple address for you. 
  • Copy the address and then paste it into the “Send/Receive” box of your Ripple wallet
  • Although copying the address is safe yet we do recommend you to make sure that the displayed and the pasted address are the same

Remember that with the same process you can receive any crypto currency.

How to send crypto currencies from your Ledger Nano S?

Let us assume that you want to send Bitcoin, so this is how you will complete the transaction:

  • Connect the wallet to your computer using the supplied USB cable. By entering the PIN code, launch the Bitcoin application on it
  • Open the Ripple chrome app from your computer. On the page, there must be an option named ‘Send’ 
  • As you click on it, a new window will pop up and ask you to enter amount, recipient address that you can simply paste or scan and level of fees
  • Finally, click on the “Send” option. 
  • As soon as you proceed with the click, your ledger device will require your manual approval. To give your consent, you need to do the following:
  • Press the right button more specifically press the button that is just above the "V" check icon. By doing this you will help the device to be confirmed and to initiate the transaction. 
  • After the verification of the details of your transaction, you will have to wait a while as long as the Chrome app doesn’t display "validated”. 
  • When your transaction is validated, it will be tracked on the Blockchain after getting the green signal of the miners 
  • When the confirmation process is on, your Ledger wallet can be disconnected as the transactions are being tracked on the Blockchain. And, the transactions will be synchronized automatically on the wallet as you open it

Final words 

As a new user you may find the use of the Ledger Nano S to be a bit complicated that is purely to secure your assets. As the time goes by, you will soon be hardened and using the device and its apps for multipurpose will be a childish game for you.

Link to buy Ledger Nano X :

https://shop.ledger.com/pages/ledger-nano-x

Link to buy Ledger Nano S :

https://shop.ledger.com/products/ledger-nano-s


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