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Stake Cosmos ATOM Using Ledger

Congratulations for finding your way to Cosmos. Ethereum’s slow and expensive transactions brought us all here. Once you find your way around the Cosmos, you will never go back.

You have educated yourself on the risks and rewards of self-custody and are smart enough to use a Ledger hardware wallet. Good for you. 

At Blocks United we always recommend using a hardware wallet.

Here’s our detailed step-by-step guide to staking Cosmos ATOM tokens using Ledger and the Ledger Live desktop app.

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How to stake ATOM using a Ledger hardware wallet

Our favorite thing about the Ledger is that it can be connected to just about any blockchain native wallet. The Cosmos-native wallets are Keplr, Leap, and Cosmostation.

Simply connect using USB or Bluetooth, depending on the Ledger model you are using. The Cosmos wallet is your User Interface, but your Ledger USB device holds your keys offline. 

Even though you are using Keplr for example, you will still need to press the buttons on the physical Ledger device in your hand to approve transactions. This allows you to access all tokens in the Cosmos ecosystem, while protecting your keys from hackers by keeping them offline. 

Why connect Ledger to Keplr or Leap instead of just using the Ledger Live app? 

You can stake ATOM using Ledger Live, but cannot manage most of the other Cosmos tokens. You must use a Cosmos-native wallet to send, receive, and stake SAGA, DYM, or TIA for example.

Additionally, Ledger Live does not give you the ability to claim airdrops. When new projects launch in the Cosmos they often give tokens away to ATOM stakers. Those giveaways are called, airdrops.

Fortunately, you can simply connect to Keplr, Leap or Cosmostation to claim Cosmos airdrops. Connecting Ledger to Keplr also allows you to send, receive, and stake those tokens. 

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Now that extra info is out of the way, let’s show you how to stake ATOM tokens using the Ledger Live app.

How to stake ATOM using Ledger Live app

If ATOM is the only Cosmos token you own and installing an additional wallet isn’t for you, Ledger Live works great.

Check out the video below and we will walk you through staking ATOM tokens in Ledger Live.

We will detail the steps below the video too.

If you already have ATOM tokens at your Ledger generated receiving address, skip to step #14 below.

1. Open Ledger Live on your PC and enter your password.

2. Click “Accounts” on the left side menu bar.

3. Click “Add Account” if you don’t already have ATOM in your wallet.

4. Click “Choose Crypto Asset” and type in “ATOM.”

5. Select “Cosmos (ATOM)” and click “Continue.”

6. Make sure your physical Ledger device is plugged in and the Cosmos app is open.

7. Name the account, “Cosmos” or “Cosmos Ledger Nano” and click “Add Account.”

8. A window will pop up that says, “Account added successfully” and click “Done.”

9. While in the “Accounts” tab click into your new “Cosmos” account.

10. Click “Receive” to send yourself ATOM from Coinbase, or from wherever you have your coins.

11. Click “Continue” and then verify the wallet address on your physical Ledger device.

12. Copy the address onto your clipboard. Then paste it into Coinbase, or wherever you are sending your ATOM from.

13. Click “Done.” Then click on your “Cosmos” account while viewing the “Accounts” tab.

14. Click “Stake” or “Earn Rewards” depending on your Ledger Live version.

Please DO NOT STAKE with the Ledger validator. Wallet provider validators get huge quickly and huge validators are terrible for network security. 

DO NOT STAKE with centralized exchange validators, like Coinbase, Binance, or Kraken either.

Be sure to read our articles, Why You Should Not Stake With Coinbase and Why You Should Stake With Small Validators.

15. Click “Show all” and then type, “Blocks United” into the search box.

16. Click within the box that says, Blocks United. That will add a checkmark and highlight your selection. Then click “Continue.”

17. Type in the number of ATOM you’d like to stake and click “Continue.”

18. Complete the transaction on your physical Ledger device.

That’s it! Your ATOM is now staked with Blocks United and you are reliably earning ATOM rewards. Your staked ATOM is visible in the main wallet “Accounts” page.

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Frequently Asked Questions

Yes, but not exactly. Your tokens are not in your wallet. They are on the blockchain and never leave the blockchain. Your wallet holds the keys that allow you to unlock your tokens and move them from one place to another on the blockchain.

Wallets would more appropriately be called, keychains or keyrings.

Ledger holds your keys offline, which helps to protect you from hacks.

Yes. You can stake supported tokens, like ATOM from within the Ledger Live wallet app. If the token you are looking to stake is not supported by Ledger Live, connect your Ledger via USB or Bluetooth to the blockchain-native wallet to stake. Examples of blockchain-native wallets are Keplr for Cosmos, Metamask for Ethereum, Phantom for Solana, and Talisman for Polkadot.

Check out our article: Staking From Ledger.

It really depends on your risk tolerance and the level of responsibility you are comfortable taking on. The simplest place to stake ATOM is on an exchange, like Coinbase or Kraken. However, exchanges charge high commissions, disqualify you from receiving airdrops, and are terrible for networks because they centralize power.

If you are comfortable taking self-custody of your tokens we always recommend using a Ledger hardware wallet. Staking yields are higher when cutting out the middleman, like a centralized exchange.

Be sure to check out our article: Why You Should Not Stake ATOM With Coinbase.

The ATOM staking yield depends on several factors including inflation, network activity, validator performance, validator commission, etc. The staking yield constantly fluctuates and as of April, 2024 ATOM stakers enjoy a yield over 13%.

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