How to use the Ledger Nano S with Nimiq

What is a Ledger Nano S?

A Ledger Nano S is a so called hardware wallet. A hardware wallet is a very secure and at the same time user friendly way to access your funds as the private key to your funds is stored on the hardware wallet device itself and doesn't get leaked. Your funds are safe even when connected to an infected or malicious computer or a phishing/scam web page. If you're holding cryptocurrency worth more than a weeks salary we highly recommend to get a hardware wallet. It's worth it.

The Ledger Nano S offers an official Nimiq app which will be explained in this tutorial.

Before you start

Verify you have:

Install the Nimiq Application

  1. Launch the Ledger Manager.
  2. Connect and unlock your device using your PIN code.
  3. Find Nimiq in the list on the APPLICATIONS tab.
  4. Click on the green arrow button.
  5. Press the checkmark button (should be the right one) on your device when asked: Allow Ledger Manager?
  6. Verify that the application is correctly installed on your device by viewing its icon on the dashboard.

If the device displays Unable to install application check the solutions in this article.

Set up a Nimiq Ledger Account

  1. Connect and unlock your device with your PIN code.
  2. Open the Nimiq app and set Browser support to Yes within the settings of the app.
  3. Launch the Nimiq Safe in your browser.
  4. Click on the plus (+) icon under Accounts to add an account.
  5. Choose Import Ledger Account.
  6. If your Ledger device is not connected yet, follow the instructions to connect and unlock it.
  7. On your Ledger device confirm that the Nimiq Account number that is displayed on your computer screen is the same as the one displayed on your Ledger.
  8. Congratulations! Your Nimiq Ledger Account information is now imported into the Safe and you can use it to manage your funds safely.

Send funds from a Nimiq Ledger account

  1. Connect and unlock your device with your PIN code.
  2. Open the Nimiq app and set Browser support to Yes within the settings of the app.
  3. Launch the Nimiq Safe in your browser.
  4. Click on Ledger Account under Accounts to open it.
  5. Click on Send From This Account to open the New Transaction window and enter the Address of the Nimiq Account you want to send funds to as well as the amount.
  6. Click on Send and follow the instructions to connect your Ledger device if it is not connected yet.
  7. On your Ledger device confirm that the details of the transaction that are displayed on your computer screen are the same as the ones displayed on your Ledger.
  8. Congratulations! Your transaction has now been sent to the network and should be confirmed soon.