Polkadot Extension: How to Add Your Ledger Account Print
Modified on: Tue, 14 Mar, 2023 at 11:18 AM
In this article you will learn how to add your Ledger Polkadot account in the Polkadot extension.
We highly recommend that you add your accounts in the browser extension, as it has many advantages:
1. It provides better security than using the Web UI directly
2. Your browser won't "forget" your accounts if its cookies are cleared
3. It allows you to interact with any Web 3.0 compatible site in the Polkadot ecosystem
4. The extension recognizes all known Polkadot scams and alerts you when you try to visit a known scam site. This will help you protect yourself and your funds.
If you haven't installed the Polkadot extension yet, you can find download instructions here.
ℹ️ GOOD TO KNOW The Polkadot extension is an account manager, not a wallet. You will still need to use Polkadot-JS UI to interact with your accounts and see your balance.
How to add your Ledger account through the extension
7. Finally, click on Import Account.
⛔️ READ THIS FIRST! If you choose to change the Account Type and Index, make sure to note them down for the future. Every Account Type and Index combination will produce a different DOT address. If you need to re-add your Ledger account in the future, you will need to select the same Account Type and Index in order to access the same account.
‼️ IMPORTANT If you get an error "No device selected", check your browser settings. Go to: Settings > Privacy and Security > Site Settings > Additional permissions > USB devices and make sure "Sites can ask to connect to USB devices" is selected. Then try again. If this doesn't help, please ensure that your browser has permissions to access USB devices, in particular if it is running as a snap such as Brave on Ubuntu. As a workaround, uninstall the default version and reinstall it from the official package repositories.
If you prefer visual instructions you can check this video that also shows an example of how you can stake using your Ledger account. This video covers Ledger accounts in general, but you can skip to the 2:30 timestamp in the video to view the instructions on how to add you Ledger account in the Polkadot extension.
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Disclaimer: We always strive to provide you with the best support we can and we take all care to ensure that our instructions are accurate and concise. However, following these instructions properly, as well as the general management of your accounts and funds, is ultimately your responsibility. Web3 Foundation cannot be held liable for any accidental loss of funds or any other damage you might incur.