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So you’ve got some ETH or other ERC20 tokens on your Ledger Nano S, and you’re trying to figure out how to view and transfer your tokens using MyEtherWallet (MEW), right?

Well, you are not alone, because it’s not that easy… until now.

This step-by-step guide will show you exactly how to prepare your Ledger for MEW, connect your Ledger to MEW, view tokens on your Ledger using MEW, and transfer tokens from your Ledger using MEW.


Note: If you’ve already created an Ethereum wallet on MyEtherWallet, you can still use that wallet, but in this guide, we will NOT be accessing that wallet. We will simply be using MyEtherWallet to access tokens found on your Ledger.


How to Prepare your Ledger to Connect to MEW

Before you get started using the MyEtherWallet website to access your Ledger, you’ll have to ensure that the device is connected and unlocked, go to the Ethereum app, and turn on browser support. Here’s how:

Connect & Unlock
  1. Connect the Ledger Nano S to the computer using the provided USB cable.

  2. Unlock your Ledger with the 4-8 digit pin code you picked when you set up the device.

Go to the Ethereum App
  1. Navigate to the Ethereum application on the Ledger by clicking the left or right button on the Ledger until “Ethereum” is displayed on the screen.

  2. Click BOTH buttons simultaneously to select and enter the Ethereum application.

Turn on Browser Support
  1. From inside the Ledger’s Ethereum app, navigate to the Settings menu by clicking the device’s left or right button until “Settings” is displayed.

  2. Click BOTH buttons to enter the settings menu where you will see “Contract Data” and “Browser Support.”

  3. Select “Browser Support” by clicking both buttons simultaneously.

  4. Turn “Browser Support” ON.

That’s it. Now you’re ready to connect your Ledger to MEW.


How to Connect your Ledger to MEW

Once you’ve prepared your Ledger, here’s how to connect it to the MyEtherWallet website.

  1. Start by going to MyEtherWallet.com. There’s no need to log in. Here’s what it looks like:

    MEW Create a New Wallet

    The MEW Create a New Wallet screen as of Jan 30, 2017 // Image via myetherwallet.com

    Pro Tip: If the MyEtherWallet welcome overlay appears, you can click outside of the overlay to close it rather than clicking through the whole sequence.

  2. Now, click the “Send Ether & Tokens” tab / link near the top of the page. Alternatively, you can click the red “hardware wallet” link in the first bullet of the “Already have a wallet somewhere?” box on the right side of the page. The choice is yours.

    You should then see this “How would you like to access your wallet?” selection interface:

    MEW How Would You Like to Access

    The MEW How Would You Like to Access screen as of Jan 30, 2017 // Image via myetherwallet.com

  3. Select the third radio button option to chose “Ledger Wallet.” This will cause the Ledger Hardware Wallet summary and “Connect” button to appear on the right:

    MEW Ledger Wallet Connect

    The MEW Ledger Wallet Connect screen as of Jan 30, 2017 // Image via myetherwallet.com

  4. Click the blue “Connect to Ledger Wallet” button and this overlay should appear:

    MEW Ledger Wallet HD Derivatrion Path

    The MEW Ledger Wallet HD Derivatrion Path screen as of Jan 30, 2017 // Image via myetherwallet.com

    Note: If nothing happens or if you get an error message, it usually means your Ledger has “timed out” and you need to re-enter your PIN code. It’s annoying, but there for your protection. It might also be because you’re not properly connected. See the connecting directions above to double check.

  5. Assuming you connect successfully, make the following selections:

    • Under “Select HD derivation path” at the top, leave the default (m/44'/60'/0') selected.

    • Under “Please select the address you would like to interact with,” you will see all of the “built-in” addressres associated with your Ledger. Select the circular “radio button” for the address you’d like to view. For most people, it’s the first one.

  6. Finally, click “Unlock your Wallet” and you’ll be taken to the main wallet interface where you can view and transfer your ETH and ERC20 tokens all in one place.

Read on to learn how to view and transfer your tokens on your Ledger using MyEtherWallet.

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How to View Tokens on Your Ledger Using MEW

Okay, now that you’ve prepared your Ledger and connected to MEW, you’ll be able to view your ETH and other ERC20 tokens.

  1. Once you unlock your wallet on MEW, you’ll see the main wallet interface. Your account address, ETH balance, and link to transaction history appear in the top right module. Here’s a screengrab:

    MEW Ledger Address and Balance

    The MEW Ledger Address and Balance screen as of Jan 30, 2017 // Image via myetherwallet.com

  2. To find the balance for other ERC20 tokens on your Ledger, first locate the “Token Balances” module on the right side. It’s below your ETH balance. Here’s a closeup:

    MEW Token Balances

    The MEW How to See Your Tokens module as of Jan 30, 2017 // Image via myetherwallet.com

  3. Click the orange “Show All Tokens” button to see a list of tokens available on MEW. Here’s that screen:

    MEW First Time Token Balances

    The first-time MEW token balances module as of Jan 30, 2017 // Image via myetherwallet.com

  4. Now, there are basically two options:

    • If the ERC20 token(s) on your Ledger DO appear in the list of native tokens on MEW, click the “Click to Load” link next to the symbol for your token(s). It will look like this:

      MEW Token Loaded

      The MEW token loaded screen as of Jan 30, 2017 // Image via myetherwallet.com

    • If the ERC20 token(s) on your Ledger DO NOT appear in the list of tokens, click the “Add Custom Token” button and input the token’s information:

      MEW Add Custom Token

      The MEW custom token form as of Jan 30, 2017 // Image via myetherwallet.com

    MEW will store your selections on your browser once you load or add a token so you don’t have to repeat this process every time you connect your Ledger to MyEtherWallet.

  5. Here’s what it will look like when you’re viewing a Ledger with a bunch of native and custom tokens:

    MEW Full Token Balances

    A full MEW token balances module as of Jan 30, 2017 // Image via myetherwallet.com

The final segment below will show you how to transfer tokens from your Ledger on the MyEtherWallet website.


How to Transfer Tokens From Your Ledger Using MEW

To transfer ETH or any ERC20 token from your Ledger to another wallet you’ll have to ensure that your Ledger Nano S is properly connected to MEW as described above. Then start with step 1 below.

  1. Get started on the main wallet screen once you’ve connected and unlocked your Ledger:

    MEW Ledger Address and Balance

    The MEW Ledger Address and Balance screen as of Jan 30, 2017 // Image via myetherwallet.com

  2. Next, set up your transfer using the form under the “Send Ether & Tokens” heading:

    • Enter the destination wallet address in the “To Address” field.

    • Input the quantity of tokens you wish to transfer in the “Amount to Send” field, or click “Send Entire Balance.”

    • Use the drop down menu to the right of the “Amount” field to select which token you wish to send.

      Warning
      Be sure to select the correct currency symbol. There’s NO WAY to get your tokens back if you make a mistake!

    • The gas limit will automatically populate and you don’t need to change this. We’ll go over gas prices and gas limits in a more advanced guide later.

  3. Click the “Generate Transaction” button.

  4. Next, you’ll have to physically “Sign” the transaction on your Ledger device.

    • To confirm the transaction, press the button over the checkmark.

    • To cancel, press the button over the “X.”

  5. Now, turn your attention back to MyEtherWallet and click the “Send Transaction” button. A confirmation overlay will appear.

  6. Take your time and triple-check ALL of the transaction details while you still can.

    Pro Tip: When using a wallet address ALWAYS check at least the first and last 4-6 characters before you commit to sending.

  7. If everything checks out, click the “Yes, I am sure! Make transaction” button to kick off the transaction process.

Now that you’ve commmited your transfer, you’ll be able to see the transaction details on etherscan.io by clicking the “Verify Transaction” button at the bottom of the MyEtherWallet screen.

We’ve got more details on how to use etherscan.io to track your transactions in another guide here.


Closing Thoughts

The Ledger Nano S is one of the best cryptocurrency hardware wallets, and MyEtherWallet is one of the best ways to view and transfer ETH and ERC20 tokens on your Ledger. Hopefully this guide helps you get the best of both worlds, a little heaven right here on Earth.

P.S. If you don’t have one yet, click here to buy a Ledger Nano S wallet.