Staking crypto assets is a great way to earn passive income. But are your assets secure? Unfortunately, if you’re not using a hardware wallet, the answer is no.
Perhaps you’re just getting started with staking and want to prioritize security from day one. Or maybe you’re a crypto veteran who wants to move to a more secure setup? In either case – this article is for you.
Wait, what's wrong with staking from my hot wallet?
What is a hardware wallet?
If you’re already familiar, please skip ahead. If not, let’s start with a brief explanation.
A hardware wallet takes the approach of complete isolation for your assets. They store your private keys on a dedicated physical device built from the ground up for one thing – secure key storage.
These devices provide state-of-the-art encryption and do not connect to the internet. Not only that, they require an actual human to press an actual button to approve transactions.
What is a Ledger wallet?
In our opinion, Ledger makes the best hardware wallets in the industry. We use them exclusively at Blocks United.
Let’s touch briefly on each before continuing. If you’re already familiar and just want to learn how to stake, please skip ahead.
Ledger Nano X
The Nano X is Ledger’s flagship product. It has the highest price tag (USD 149) but also the most features, including:
- Support for 100 apps
- Large screen (128×64 px)
- Ability to connect via Bluetooth
- CC EAL5+ Security
The X has been around a few years and is our product of choice for staking. It integrates with most DeFi and Web3 protocols, and you can use it with mobile through Bluetooth. These features make the higher price tag worth it. But if you don’t need Bluetooth…
Ledger Nano S Plus
The Nano S Plus is Ledger’s latest product. It boasts improved app coverage and larger screen size. But most importantly, it can now manage NFTs and integrate with the same Defi and Web3 services as the Nano X.
The only difference with the Nano X is you must connect the Nano S Plus through USB (no Bluetooth). If Bluetooth connectivity isn’t something you need, this is a clear choice.
- Up to 100 apps
- 128×64 px screen
- Certified secure chip (CC EAL5+)
Ledger Live App
- Install and update apps on the hardware devices
- Update device firmware
- Send and receive crypto assets
- Manage NFT’s
- Connect to DeFi and Web3 apps (including enabling you to stake)
How to setup Ledger for Staking
Staking with a Ledger is straightforward once you have everything set up. So let’s do that first. We need to download Ledger Live, set it up, configure the Ledger wallet, and send it some crypto to stake.
Once setup is complete, you’ll be ready to stake coins and start earning rewards.
Step-by-step Setup Instructions
How to Stake with Ledger
The recommended way to stake with a Ledger hardware wallet is to connect it to a browser-based or app-based wallet. This setup allows you to marry convenience with security. For illustration purposes, we’ll walk you through the process with one of our favorite hot wallets, Keplr.
Example: How to use a Ledger Hardware Wallet with Keplr to Stake ATOM
First, please ensure you've performed the following steps:
Next, connect your Ledger to Keplr:
- Connect your Ledger to your computer or mobile device via USB or Bluetooth
- Open the Cosmos app on your Ledger
- Access your extensions menu in Chrome and click on the Keplr browser extension
- Select “Import Ledger”
- Enter an account name and password (save these securely – password managers are a great option!)
- Check the “Use alternative USB connection method (HID)” checkbox
- Click “Next” then “Done”. You should now be successfully connected and ready to stake!
Staking through the Keplr App
Step 1: Open Keplr
You can either go to the Keplr Web App directly. Or, you can click on the “Stake” button from the Keplr browser.
Step 2: Browse Active Validators
There are currently 175 validators to choose from, which can be daunting. For help choosing, please read our article, How to choose an ATOM Validator.
Step 3: Choose a validator
Step 4: Enter Delegation Amount
Step 5: Connect Ledger via Browser
Make sure you have the Cosmos app open on your Ledger. Then, if you are prompted by Chrome to connect, choose your device and click “Connect”.
Step 6: Approve the transaction
You will now be prompted to view and sign the staking transaction on the device. Use the buttons on the Ledger to review each field. If all looks correct, select “Sign Transaction”.
You should now be staked with Ledger!
Frequently Asked Questions
Never purchase a hardware wallet from Amazon or any other online marketplace. The risks are too high that the device could be compromised. Instead, buy direct from Ledger.
Rewards vary between blockchain networks. For example, if you stake ETH you will earn less than 5%. On the other hand, rewards are in the 15%+ range if you stake ATOM.
Yes. Validators receive rewards by taking a percentage of your rewards as commission. The commission rate can vary depending on the network and your validator.
At Blocks United, we charge 5% on average. So, for every 25 tokens you earn in rewards, we take 1. We use these funds to pay for high-quality infrastructure and other operational costs.
You can stake on most of the industry’s best projects. Please visit Ledger’s listing of supported coins for the most up-to-date information.
Using a Ledger wallet is one of the safest ways to stake your crypto. But staking on any blockchain network has risks. Money of any kind is always a target for the bad guys.
Each device comes with a recovery phrase, just like any digital wallet. The words of your recovery phrase must be carefully guarded. The best practice is to store them somewhere secure, such as a safety deposit box.
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