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In this article you'll find video instructions on how to use your Polkadot Ledger account and stake your DOT using Ledger Live's native support for Polkadot.


In order for Ledger Live to work properly with your Polkadot account, make sure you've installed version 2.32 or above.

To check your version go to Settings > About.


What to know before staking 

  • Nominating currently requires a minimum of 250 DOT staked funds on Polkadot. Please make sure you are above that minimum or you won't be able to nominate.

Not all nominators with over 250 DOT will get staking rewards. The minimum amount needed to earn rewards is dynamic and can be found on the Targets page on Polkadot-JS UI. Please refer to this referendum for details.

  • If you are staking above the dynamic minimum amount and still aren't receiving rewards, it's possible that your account needs to be re-adjusted. This is due to the new bags-list feature. You can find instructions on how to fix this here.

  • Do not bond ALL your funds. Leave a small amount transferable in your account, so that you can pay transaction fees from that (changing validators, bonding more or unbonding your tokens are all transactions that will cost a small fee).

  • Any changes you make will take affect in the next era (which lasts 24 hours on Polkadot), provided you made the changes at least 4 hours before the era ended (whether it's setting up staking for the first time, or changing your validators, bonding more funds, etc), and rewards are distributed after an era ends. So, when you first stake, your rewards will begin to come at the soonest after 1 day and 4 hours, and at the latest after 2 days.

How to use Polkadot with Ledger Live

The following video explains how to use your Polkadot account and stake DOT with Ledger Live. You can also refer to the instructions on Ledger's website