User manual:Setting up the Trezor device

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This article provides a guide to set up and secure your Trezor device. This page is for Trezor Model T (show for Trezor One).

Trezor device is compatible with Windows 7 and higher, MacOS 10.11 and higher, Linux and Android OS with the OTG support (see below).

Establishing connection with Trezor Wallet

In general, there are currently four ways to make your device communicate with Trezor Wallet.

Trezor Bridge

To allow your Trezor device to communicate smoothly with Trezor Wallet, we strongly recommend installing Trezor Bridge. It is the most optimized solution that is compatible with Chrome and Firefox browsers. When you go to the Trezor Wallet website, you will see a page with a download link. Download Trezor bridge and follow the instructions on the screen.


NoteWhen installed successfully, you should see trezord process running on your system. Trezor Bridge does not have its own user interface.


WebUSB

Although we recommend downloading Trezor Bridge to ensure smooth communication between your Trezor device and Trezor Wallet, you can also connect directly using WebUSB. However, this option is only available for Chrome. All you have to do is plug in your Trezor, open the Wallet website and continue with the setting up. Please note that WebUSB only works with beta wallet at the moment.

The WebUSB connection to Trezor Wallet works on Chrome on Android mobile devices as well in similar way.

Trezor Manager for Android

When using an Android device, you can also set up your Trezor with Trezor Manager (available in Google Play). Your Android device has to support the OTG (USB On The Go) and you need to use an OTG cable (available in Trezor Shop).

Currently, Trezor Manager cannot be used to access Trezor Wallet. It can only be used to initialize the device when it is used for the first time or after being wiped, recover the device, set up the PIN code, set up the passphrase and a few other functionalities. It also allows you to use your Trezor to connect to Mycelium, our third-party app of choice.

For more details, see our step-by-step manual Using Trezor with Android.

Offline with Python tools

We only recommend this procedure for advanced users who are experienced in using the command line and Python. If you wish to proceed further anyway, please visit our Python wiki page or Github repository.


Setting up Trezor with Trezor Wallet

Install the latest firmware

You have successfully established the connection between your Trezor device and Trezor Wallet. Good job! Now plug in your Trezor device (push the cable in the device until you feel a click - this might take a little force) and go to the Trezor Wallet website. There are still a couple of steps you need to take in order to start using your Trezor device. Let's get right into it.

Our devices always come without anything preinstalled, the first thing you will be asked to do once connected to Trezor Wallet is to install the device system - firmware. This is done to ensure that the latest firmware is in place when initializing a new device. Leaving this step to you also enables you to check the firmware legitimacy.

Simply click on Install firmware. Once the installing is finished, unplug and re-plug your device and continue to the next step.


Warning:If your device came with the firmware already preinstalled, do not use it and contact our support immediately!


Create a new wallet

After the firmware is installed successfully, refresh the Trezor Wallet website and you will be greeted by a welcome page. Simply click on Create new.


NoteIf you already have a wallet that you wish to recover, see Recovery.


Once you create a new wallet, you are pretty much ready to use it. Although Trezor is ready to be used now as well, 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 in three minutes 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.

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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.


Warning:Never make a digital copy of your recovery seed and never upload it online!


In case the backup process fails because of some unexpected circumstances, do not worry. Follow the instruction in this article: Recovery seed backup fail.


NoteThe recovery seed is NOT case-sensitive.


See also Filling out your recovery card.

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 is recommended to set up PIN protection as soon as you initialize your new device.

Use the device touchscreen to set up and enter your PIN. The PIN layout changes at each new prompt. Recommended PIN length is four to six digits. The maximum PIN length is nine digits.

Having trouble entering PIN? See Entering your PIN for detailed instructions.

Stay in touch

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Congratulations, your new Trezor is now fully set up and safe to use!

Further settings and information

If you want to adjust the settings, see Basic settings or Advanced settings. To learn how to receive payments, see Receiving payments.