Connecting your Ledger through the polkadot{js} extension has two main benefits: 

  1. Your accounts page won't "forget" your Ledger account when the device is not connected

  2. The extension recognizes all known Polkadot scams and alerts you when you access a phishing site. This will help you protect yourself and your funds. 

To add your Ledger though the extension, please follow these steps:

  1. Connect and unlock your Ledger and open the Polkadot app

  2. Open the extension and click on the "+" sign

  3. Click on "Connect Ledger device"

  4. Select "Polkadot Relay Chain" from the drop-down menu. 

  5. Once you do, a text field will appear. Give your account a name. 

  6. Then the Account type and index will appear. You can leave them to the default values of zero. (If you choose to make a change here, remember them well for the future. Every Account Type and Index combination will produce a different DOT address. So in order to access the right address, you will always need to select the right Account Type and Index.)

  7. Click on import account.

If your Ledger account doesn't appear on your accounts page right away, refresh the page. 

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