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The right cryptocurrency wallet for your Bitcoin

Looking for a Bitcoin Wallet to buy and store your Bitcoin? Join 6+ million customers who trust
Ledger hardware wallets to securely store their crypto and use them on the day-to-day basis.

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How to secure your Bitcoin ?

Whether you’re looking to keep your crypto safe for long-term or manage them on a daily basis, Ledger has the right product for you.

Ledger hardware wallet

Ledger hardware wallet stores your private keys and signs transactions offline, making them resistant to malicious attacks and threats. Pair the Ledger crypto wallet with Ledger Live App to manage your Bitcoin on the go.

Ledger Live App

Ledger Live App is a gateway to manage your assets, checking your real-time balance, tracking transaction histories, and more.

How to get a Bitcoin wallet?

1
Get a Ledger Nano

Get a Ledger Nano

Select and purchase a Ledger hardware wallet of your choice.

  • Beginner in the crypto world? Get started with Ledger Nano S Plus.
  • Prefer a Bluetooth connection? Try with Ledger Nano X.

Get Ledger Nano

2
Download Ledger Live

Download Ledger Live

Download and install the Ledger Live app in a couple of clicks on desktop and mobile.

Coupled with a Ledger, it makes the most secured wallet for your Bitcoin.

3
Start your Bitcoin journey securely

Start your Bitcoin journey securely

Add a Bitcoin account with a couple of clicks. Choose among different providers and easily manage your Bitcoin.

And not only Bitcoin. With Ledger Live, you can manage thousands of crypto and a large variety of NFTs.

Buy, Manage, and Swap Bitcoin at your fingertips

Manage your Bitcoin

Manage your Bitcoin

With Ledger Live coupled with a Ledger, you can:

  • Securely execute transactions by physically validating them with your Ledger Hardware Wallet
  • Manage your Bitcoin as well as thousands of other crypto assets
  • Track your portfolio

*Buy, send/receive, swap, stake, and other crypto transaction services are provided by third-parties provider, which availability may vary based on jurisdiction/territory.

Buy Bitcoin

Buy Bitcoin

You can easily buy Bitcoin with a credit/debit card or bank transfer. Choose from a range of service providers (MoonPay, Paypal, Ramp, Sardine…) and select the option that works best for you.

Your Bitcoin will land safely in your Ledger Bitcoin Wallet.

Buy Bitcoin

Swap Bitcoin

Swap Bitcoin

Swapping allows you to explore different crypto assets, protect your Bitcoin from volatility, and diversify your portfolio.

You can easily swap Bitcoin through Ledger Live without using fiat currencies.

Swap Bitcoin

The best Bitcoin hardware wallet

Ledger Nano S Plus

Ledger Nano S Plus

4.5/5 - 1 213 Reviews

The perfect crypto wallet to start securely managing your Bitcoin.

  • Desktop
  • USB-C
  • Crypto & NFT
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Ledger Nano X

Ledger Nano X

4.5/5 - 11 108 Reviews

Secure and manage your crypto on-the-go with our Bluetooth®-enabled Bitcoin hardware wallet.

  • Desktop & Mobile
  • Bluetooth
  • USB-C
  • Crypto & NFT
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Ledger Stax

Ledger Stax

Coming soon

Our most advanced and customizable Bitcoin wallet yet, enjoy a curved E Ink touchscreen crypto-experience unlike ever before.

  • Desktop & Mobile
  • Bluetooth
  • USB-C
  • Larger screen
  • Crypto & NFT
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Choice of 6,000,000+ customers

Bertil A.

5/5

In order to secure cryptocurrencies, Ledger is the perfect tool.

Kevin L.

5/5

Simply a very elegant peace of hardware, with a gorgeous UI in the app.

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5/5

ALL is good, all legal resources bought was as specified and compliant, party on.

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What is a Bitcoin wallet?

A Bitcoin wallet stores private keys, which are strings of characters that allow you to manage a Bitcoin address. Your Bitcoin wallet contains private keys, which are a special series of characters that allow you to manage funds at a specific blockchain address.

Bitcoin wallets do not store Bitcoin. Your cryptocurrency is constantly stored on the Bitcoin blockchain. Your Bitcoin wallet’s purpose is to generate and store private keys that enable you to access and manage multiple Bitcoin accounts. To put it simply, a Bitcoin wallet is something that allows you to store, send, receive, access, and manage Bitcoin (BTC).

How does a Bitcoin wallet work?

Bitcoin wallets, like most other cryptocurrency wallets, use public and private key pairs. To clarify, each Bitcoin wallet can generate a near-infinite number of public and private key pairs that manage an equally huge number of blockchain accounts across many networks.

The private key is a long string of characters that allows the owner access to a specific Bitcoin account. So, if you wish to withdraw funds from a Bitcoin wallet, you must have access to the private key linked with it. Because anyone with that key can access the account, the private key must stay hidden and secure—just as it sounds. In contrast, sharing your public key is safe. You’ll need to reveal this public key if you want to receive Bitcoin from anyone. Your blockchain address is just a translated form of your public key, which is easier to read and publish.

What are the different types of Bitcoin wallets?

  • Centralized Exchange Bitcoin Wallets: Centralized exchanges like Coinbase, Binance, and Kraken offer a convenient way to buy Bitcoin with traditional currencies, making them popular among beginners. However, users must be aware that these exchanges use custodial wallets, meaning they control the private keys. This can pose risks such as account access being revoked by the exchange. To maintain full control over their Bitcoin assets, users are advised to transfer them to a non-custodial wallet.
  • Software Bitcoin Wallets: A software Bitcoin wallet, also called a hot wallet, is a program installed on devices like computers or smartphones, allowing users to manage their own private keys. This grants full ownership of Bitcoin and uses the HD model for easy restoration on various interfaces. However, storing keys on host devices exposes them to online threats like malware. There are various types of software Bitcoin wallets, each with its own functionalities and use cases.
    • Mobile Bitcoin Wallets: Bitcoin mobile wallets, as their name implies, function as applications on your smartphone, storing cryptographic keys within your device’s memory. Trust Wallet and BRD stand out as notable examples of these mobile Bitcoin wallets. With these wallets, users can seamlessly engage in transactions, trading, and management directly from their phones. Additionally, they offer convenient QR code scanning capabilities and ensure accessibility while on the move.
    • Desktop Bitcoin Wallets: In a desktop wallet, you download and install wallet software directly onto your computer, with private keys stored on either a hard drive or solid-state drive (SSD). Bitcoin Core and Atomic Wallet stand out as two well-known desktop wallet options for Bitcoin.
    • Bitcoin Wallet Extensions: Bitcoin wallet extensions like Electrum provide direct access to the Bitcoin blockchain via your web browser. They’re easy to use and can be accessed from any device with an internet connection after installation.
  • Bitcoin Paper Wallets: Paper wallets are printed pieces with Bitcoin private keys, offering offline security against hacking. Generating them requires choosing a secure generator, as some online options may compromise confidentiality. However, paper wallets lack user-friendliness, requiring extra steps like setting up change addresses for transactions. Moreover, the risk of loss or damage to the paper poses a threat to stored BTC. To mitigate this risk, store paper wallets in a dry, secure location, such as a safety deposit box.
  • Bitcoin Hardware Wallets: A hardware wallet is a safe and practical option for securing your Bitcoin. It stores private keys offline and facilitates transactions without an internet connection. Ledger devices, for instance, offer secure element chip protection against physical hacks like side-channel attacks. They also provide a Trusted display for confirming transactions and access to a wider ecosystem through Ledger Live, ensuring safety from online threats.

Are Bitcoin wallets free?

The choice of Bitcoin wallet you opt for is crucial. Bitcoin Software wallets, installed on mobile or computer, typically come at no cost but carry risks of centralization. Conversely, Bitcoin hardware wallets, physical devices incurring expenses, boast superior security features. Although there’s an initial investment with hardware wallets, the potential losses from insecurity far outweigh the price. Should you fall victim to hacking, the value you stand to lose could far exceed the cost of a hardware wallet.

How to choose the best Bitcoin wallet?

Choosing the best Bitcoin wallet hinges on your intended use. If you aim to store Bitcoin ordinals, ensure your wallet supports these assets. Likewise, to utilize the Lightning network, a specific wallet capable of accessing it is necessary. Additionally, various other features may be desired from a Bitcoin wallet.

For instance, for secure storage of substantial Bitcoin holdings, a hardware wallet is recommended to protect against online threats. If managing a wallet with multiple users is your requirement, a multi-sig wallet might be necessary.

Ultimately, the best Bitcoin wallet varies based on your specific needs and objectives.

Frequently Asked Questions

Bitcoin is the first successful form of digital money based on peer-to-peer technology that facilitates decentralized transactions whereby. No central bank or centralized authority is involved in the transaction and production of the Bitcoin currency. The Bitcoin network records transactions on a distributed ledger (blockchain) comprising multiple nodes (computers) globally.
Bitcoin was created by an anonymous individual/group under the name, Satoshi Nakamoto. Satoshi Nakamoto, a pseudonymous cypherpunk, published the Bitcoin white paper on October 31, 2008. The source code is available publicly as an open-source project, anybody can look at it and be part of the developmental process.

Following are some of Bitcoin’s important characteristics:

  • Scarce: Bitcoin is designed to have a finite supply of 21 million BTC ever created, thus making it an anti-inflationary financial asset.
  • Fungible: Bitcoin is a fungible asset such that every coin is identical and equivalent to another.
  • Divisible: Bitcoin’s divisibility follows from its fungibility. 1 BTC is thus divisible into satoshis (sats), up to eight decimal places (1 BTC = 100 million sats).

Regarding Bitcoin mining, miners today are mining Bitcoin using ASIC chips dedicated to mining Bitcoin. Bitcoin uses the SHA-256 hashing algorithm with an average transaction confirmation time of 10 minutes.

Bitcoin has inspired other alternative currencies such as Litecoin, Peercoin, Primecoin, and so on.

When you first buy coins, you’re issued with two keys: public and private.

  • A public key serves as an address that can be shared with other parties to perform transactions.
  • A private key represents a randomly generated number that signs transactions and protects your assets from malicious attacks. If it gets compromised or lost, you won’t be able to access your cold wallet to spend, withdraw, or transfer your coins.

To safeguard and keep track of your keys, you can use online or offline wallets. Online wallets, also known as hot wallets, store private keys on systems or devices that are connected to the internet. Hot wallets are easy and convenient to use, however, they come with several drawbacks. Besides being susceptible to attacks and a honeypot for hackers, with hot wallets, the custody of private keys is often entrusted to a third party such as a crypto exchange, which means you never have full control over your funds. The safer choice is specialized hardware wallets that store private keys offline. Stealing private keys from a hardware wallet would require physical access to the wallet and the corresponding PIN or the recovery phrase. What’s more, with a hardware wallet, you don’t need to rely on third-party custodians.

Ledger Nano is the industry-leading hardware wallet. With more than five million customers, Ledger Nano wallets have several layers of security that protect private keys, and hence your assets:

  • Your private keys are stored on secure element chips.
  • A PIN code and a 24-word recovery phrase are required to access the wallet.
  • Ledger Nano cryptocurrency wallets have been built using highly durable materials for protection against physical damage.

With full isolation between private keys and your computer/mobile, Ledger Nano cold wallets keep your keys secure and give you complete control over your cryptos.

Initially, the primary step is to create a crypto wallet if you haven’t done it yet. Once you have completed this step, the process of executing a Bitcoin transfer is quite similar to almost every crypto wallet.

  1. Enter the recipient address of the Bitcoin wallet you want to send BTC.
  2. Enter the amount or quantity of Bitcoin you wish to send.
  3. Choose the Network fees.
  4. Verify the transaction summary before sending it.

 

However, it is crucial to follow our advice before sending Bitcoin to another wallet:

  • For optimal security, make sure always to double-check the addresses that you copy and paste. When possible, using a QR code address might be the preferable method, just to be absolutely certain.
  • For larger transactions, it may be a good idea to send a small amount of Bitcoin as a test, to make sure the address is correct.
  • For a wallet that supports multiple cryptocurrencies, it’s also important to select the correct coin. Sending Bitcoin (BTC) to a Bitcoin Cash (BCH) address, for example, could result in a permanent loss of funds.
  • For sending Bitcoin quickly, higher-fee transactions are usually given higher priority by Bitcoin miners and will reach their destination in a shorter amount of time.

Each crypto-related endeavor necessitates a wallet. If you wish to receive Bitcoin from another party, you must furnish them with a Bitcoin wallet address. However, to obtain a Bitcoin wallet address, you first need to acquire a cryptocurrency wallet compatible with BTC and create a new account. Subsequently, you can locate your receiving address within your wallet’s interface. It’s crucial to accurately record this address, as any error could result in funds being sent to a wallet beyond your control.

To send or receive BTC, you’ll require a Bitcoin wallet address, a unique string of 26-35 characters starting with ‘1’, ‘3’, or ‘bc1’. Each address corresponds to a key pair: a public key for identification and a private key for transaction signing. Your wallet address is essentially a user-friendly version of your public key.

For privacy protection, Bitcoin wallets generate new addresses for each transaction, though old ones remain functional. This practice safeguards your wallet’s security, particularly if you use an online wallet vulnerable to key exposure during transaction signing. Hence, most wallets automatically generate new addresses per transaction to mitigate risks.

No, at the moment, the Ledger Bitcoin wallet does not support Lightning Network.

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