Getting started in 5 steps
This article will help you set up a new cryptocurrency wallet on your Trezor Model T (show for Trezor One). If you ever need a detailed explanation or you run into an issue, please check the User manual or visit our Support Center.
- 1 1. Getting to know your Trezor
- 2 2. Unboxing your Trezor
- 3 3. Setting up your new device
- 4 4. Mastering the basic Trezor Wallet operations
- 5 5. Staying on top of the security best practices
1. Getting to know your Trezor
Trezor device is a single purpose computer which allows you to secure your cryptocurrencies, sign transactions and manage your digital identity. All private data are stored in its persistent memory, which will not be erased even if you do not use the device for an extended period. Trezor does not need a battery since it draws power through its USB connection. Trezor may be used for a variety of ever-expanding purposes through a wide range of compatible software, starting with Trezor Wallet.
Trezor Wallet is an easy-to-use browser interface for your Trezor device. Using the Wallet, you can easily control your cryptocurrency assets, manage your accounts, initiate transfers to other services or friends and more.
2. Unboxing your Trezor
To open the box, first slide the white sleeve away. The black case is held together by glue and a magnet. Flip away the fold on the lower part of the case and lift up the cover. The Trezor device rests on a magnetic dock. In the black box next to your device, you will find: USB-C cable, Recovery seed cards (2pcs), Getting started booklet, Stickers (4 pcs).
3. Setting up your new device
Enable the communication and connect the device
Begin the setup process by connecting your Trezor device to your computer using a USB cable. Please make sure that the device is properly connected - push the cable until you feel a slight click (this might require a little bit of force).When connected, open your browser and visit trezor.io/start as indicated on your Trezor's screen. Continue by selecting your Trezor model.
Download and install the Trezor Bridge, an application which facilitates the communication between your Trezor device and your computer. After successful installation, refresh the page and let Trezor Wallet automatically detect your Trezor device.
The Trezor Bridge is a program designed to run in the background and requires no interaction. In other words, there is no need to open or do anything with the Bridge once it is installed.
Install the latest firmware
New Trezor devices are always shipped without a preinstalled firmware to ensure the latest firmware is installed when initializing a new device. Leaving this step to you also enables you to check the firmware's legitimacy. To install the firmware, simply click on Install firmware.
Create a new wallet
To generate a new wallet, click on Create new. Your device will generate a new and unique seed which will hold all of your accounts and addresses. Now although Trezor is ready to be used, we strongly recommend continuing with the onboarding process. To ensure maximum safety of your Trezor, complete the following four steps.
Create a backup
Click on Create a backup... and prepare to write down your recovery seed on specially designed cards included in the package. You will be presented with a random set of English words, each displayed on your device's screen.
Swipe your finger up the touchscreen to view the next set of words. Carefully write down the words in the exact order they are presented. Once you have written down all the secret words, you will be asked to enter a few randomly selected words from your 12-word seed on the touchscreen.
In case the backup fails during the process (e.g. because of a power failure), see Recovery seed backup fail.
Name your device
Giving your device a unique name to make it distinguishable will help you quickly identify your device and make it easier to select it in Trezor Wallet, especially if you use multiple devices. The maximum length of the name is 16 characters.
Set up a PIN
PIN protects your Trezor device against unauthorized physical access. It's recommended to set up PIN protection as soon as you initialize your new device.
Use the device's touchscreen to set up and enter your PIN. The PIN layout changes at each new prompt. Recommended PIN length is 4-6 digits. The maximum PIN length is 9 digits.
Having trouble entering PIN? See our User manual for detailed instructions
Stay in touch
Congratulations, your new Trezor is now fully set up and safe to use!
See User manual for more details about the setup process.
4. Mastering the basic Trezor Wallet operations
Switching between cryptocurrencies
Note that some coins or tokens are only accessible through a third-party interface. Refer to the FAQ section below for more details about supported cryptocurrencies.
To receive a payment, select an account and click on the Receive tab. The receiving address should be verified on Trezor device by clicking on Show full address. After verification, copy the receiving address and share it to receive your funds.
To make a payment, select an account and go to the Send tab. Now, paste the recipient's address and enter the amount. Optionally, you can change the transaction priority by adjusting the transaction fee.
Personalizing the homescreen
Apart from giving your device a nice personal touch, a custom homescreen can serve as another measure against physical attacks. Having a custom homescreen will quickly let you know whether the device is yours or a forged copy. You can personalize your homescreen by selecting your device in our Wallet interface and navigating to the Homescreen tab. You can choose from a wide variety of preloaded images or upload your own.
5. Staying on top of the security best practices
Choose a unique and strong PIN
Similarly to your phone or credit card, the PIN is there to shield your device from unauthorized physical access. It is in your best interest to keep the PIN memorable, but complex enough to make it difficult to guess. We recommend keeping the PIN at least 4-6 digits long. Avoid using a direct sequence (1234) and duplicating digits (1133, 12334, etc.).
See our blog post "3 Simple Rules for a Good PIN" for more details on the topic.
Keep your recovery seed safe
You can think of the recovery seed as an ultimate express-pass to your funds. While it is undeniably very useful to you in emergency situations, it can prove to be fatally dangerous if stolen, lost, or destroyed. It is crucially important to keep your seed in a safe and easy-to-remember location.
You should always write your recovery seed on a piece paper or other durable surfaces with a lasting marker. Do not make any digital copies of your recovery seed and never store it on your computer.
See our blog post "A few tips on storing your recovery seed" for more details on the topic.
A few words about the passphrase protection
Enabling the passphrase protection in the Wallet's Advanced settings lets you hide your accounts by "building" an additional layer onto your seed. Unlike PIN, the passphrase is never stored on the device and your wallet becomes dependent on it. When you enable this feature, Trezor will ask you to enter the passphrase which will be then combined with your seed (12-word seed used to backup your Trezor) and a new, unique account will be created. Now you might ask "Why bother?". While PIN provides effective protection for your device, you can think of the passphrase as an ultimate safeguard for your seed.
See our blog post "Hide your Trezor wallets with multiple passphrases" for more details on the topic.
You can read more about security best practices in our User manual.