Cardano wallet

The best cryptocurrency wallet for your Cardano coins

Secure your Cardano assets with the most trusted hardware wallet. Cold storage wallets are encrypted devices that store your Cardano coins offline, providing a layer of security against the evolving threats emerging from being connected to the internet.
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How to use Cardano with Ledger

What is Cardano?

Cardano is a decentralized platform that will allow complex programmable transfers of value in a secure and scalable fashion. It is one of the first blockchains to be built in the highly secure Haskell programming language. Cardano is developing a smart contract platform that seeks to deliver more advanced features than any protocol previously developed. It is the first blockchain platform to evolve out of a scientific philosophy and a research-first-driven approach. The development team consists of a large global collective of expert engineers and researchers.

Every blockchain project has a token of value commonly referred to as a cryptocurrency. Ada is the cryptocurrency on the Cardano blockchain. With Ada, holders can send value between friends, pay for a good or service, deposit funds on an exchange, or enter an application. To perform a transfer on the settlement layer requires you to own Ada, or acquire Ada through an exchange. It will also be the native token to be used in applications built on the computation layer.

The Cardano Foundation’s core mission is to standardize, protect and promote the Cardano Protocol technology. The Cardano Foundation acts as a supervisory and educational body for Cardano.

What is a Cardano wallet?

Each cryptocurrency requires a “wallet” compatible to store Ada. Typically this wallet is a software application that can be installed on any computer or smartphone. Ledger Live is a highly-engineered wallet with advanced security features for the Cardano blockchain and protects your assets with the most advanced cryptography.

 

Whether you’re looking to keep your tokens safe and HODL 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.

Ledger Live App

Ledger Live App is a gateway to managing your assets, staking and earning passive income, checking your real-time balance, tracking transaction histories, and more.

How to get a Cardano cold wallet?

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Get Ledger Nano

Select and purchase a Ledger hardware wallet of your choice. Beginner in the crypto world? Get started with Nano S Plus. Prefer a Bluetooth connection? Try with Nano X.

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Download and install what could be the best apps to buy crypto: Ledger Live

Download and install Ledger Live in a couple of clicks. Ledger Live is a app for crypto for desktop & mobile that enables you to set up a Ledger device and manage your coins.

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Add Cardano to your portfolio

Install Cardano on your Ledger Nano:

  1. Open Ledger Live and navigate to Manager.
  2. Connect and unlock your Ledger device.
  3. Search for Cardano in the app catalog and click Install.

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Create a Cardano account in Ledger Live:

  1. Open Ledger Live and head to Accounts.
  2. Click Add account.
  3. From the drop-down menu select Cardano.

You’re all set!

Buy, manage, and stake Cardano at your fingertips

Ledger Live is your one-stop platform for smooth and complete asset management. With just a few clicks, you can buy, send/receive, (swap), and stake Cardano to generate passive income. Buy, send/receive, swap, stake, and other crypto transaction services are provided by third-parties partners.

Buy Cardano

You can purchase Cardano through our partners with a credit card or bank transfer. Cardano will be automatically sent to your Ledger device.

  • Head over to Buy/Sell. – In the dropdown menu, select Cardano and click Continue. – Choose one of the three payment providers—Coinify, MoonPay or Wyre—and follow the instructions.

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The best way to keep your Cardano coins secure

Secure multiple assets, including Cardano using a Ledger hardware wallet. Your private keys, giving access to your assets, remain safe in a certified secure chip.

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Frequently Asked Questions

When you first buy crypto, 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 cryptocurrency wallet to spend, withdraw, or transfer your cryptos.

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 are specialized hardware wallets that store private keys offline. Stealing private keys from a hardware wallet would require physical access to the wallet and corresponding PIN or the recovery phrase. What’s more, with 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 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 crypto wallets keep your keys secure and give you complete control over your cryptos.

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