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Guide for Ledger Nano (X, S)
This guide will show you how to setup MetaMask with your Ledger Nano and transfer any existing assets into your ledger.
First off, congratulations for taking the security of your assets seriously enough to get and setup a hardware wallet. It’s a great part of a strategy to help minimize the risks associated with owning and interacting with crypto. This guide assumes you have already followed the steps:
Following the directions in the “Get Started” booklet Installing the MetaMask or your chosen wallet plugin in the browser of your choice. Downloading the Ledger Live app at:
Connect your Ledger with your computer and make sure your firmware and apps are up to date. You can do this on Ledger Live by following the instructions here:
Unlock your Ledger and and enter the Ethereum app on the top left > Settings > Allow Contract Data
Now go to your Metamask browser extension and select your account icon on the top right corner > Connect Hardware Wallet.
Select the Ledger option and click continue.
After you select continue, you will have a list of accounts. Technically you can select any from this list, but for the purpose of this guide we are going to select the first three accounts.
The first we will be using at the day-to-day transaction account. The second will be used for your high-value buying and selling account, and the third will be your dedicated vault account.
After selecting the first three accounts, click Unlock. You will now have these accounts available in your MetaMask wallet. All you have to do is click on the circle colored icon in the top right of MetaMask, and the account menu will show up. The accounts we just added are listed and Ledger1, Ledger 2, and Ledger 3.
Here you can see that we have selected Ledger 3 to use.
Next, Let’s go to, click on the account button on the top right, and connect MetaMask. It will automatically show what NFTs your wallet contains. Since this is a brand new wallet address, this will be empty.
Now it should show you the account page for the vault, and the same address, go ahead and verify the first and last 4 digits are what you expect. If it looks good, copy it to a notepad.
Transferring your NFTS
Now we are ready to transfer your existing NFTs from your non-ledger account to your ledger account.
Enter opensea with your non-ledger account, choose a low value NFT to begin with, select “More options” on that NFT you want to send and select “Transfer”
You will be taken to the page where you will input the wallet address you want to send it to. You can copy the address of your ledger wallet from under your account name in metamask.
Warning: please triple check you have copied the correct address. It is possible to rush this step and mistakenly send it to somebody else. All crypto transfers are final.
Once you have transferred it, you will be able to see that the NFT is now in your Ledger account and will show on Opensea.
Congratulations, you successfully transferred your first item!
Note: You can always add more wallets by going through the beginning steps again. There is no rule to how many wallets you should have, but we recommend a maximum of 3 to keep things simple.
Now you will be able to switch the active account in MetaMask back to your vault account, Ledger 3. Once you have that selected, you will be able to refresh the account page of OpenSea, and you should see your NFT! Congratulations, you successfully transferred your first item. Now, let's go ahead and click the three dots on the top left of the NFT, and select hide. With your ledger unlocked, OpenSea will prompt you to sign a transaction. Once you sign the transaction, your NFT will be hidden. Go ahead and go into the hidden NFTs, and you will see it there. Now go ahead and click the three dots and unhide it. Now you will not have to sign any more transactions to hide NFTs in the future. From now on, you will only use this account to receive and store NFTs or tokens, or send them to your buying/selling account. You can hide airdropped NFTs as needed.
You can finish transferring your remaining NFTs and tokens into your vault account. Now you have a secure wallet set up with a strategy to minimize the risks to your valuable assets. The extra transactions to transfer to and from your vault account are well worth the extra security it affords your assets stored in your vault.
Note: If you have previously setup your Ledger with MetaMask and only imported one account, you can add the two others by going through the steps starting with connect hardware wallet. You will be given the option to add additional accounts from your Ledger at that point.
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