When you first set up your Ledger device, you are asked to write down your recovery phrase. This recovery phrase is crucial as it’s the only way to get access back to your funds if the device breaks, or if you have to set up the device again for whatever reason.  But what if you’re thinking that maybe you’ve written it down wrong?

Well, it’s good practice to verify the recovery phrase, to make sure you didn’t make any mistakes when writing it down. Recovery Check is an official application provided by Ledger, that can be installed directly to the Ledger device. And you can use the app to verify that you’ve correctly saved your recovery phrase. 

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Recovery Check – A Step By Step Guide

To get started, you’ll need to have set up your Ledger device and written down its recovery phrase.

Step 1 – Install Recovery Check

The first step is to install the recovery check, which you can do by opening the Manager in Ledger Live. You’ll need to allow the manager if you’re prompted. Scroll down under App Catalog to find “Recovery Check” and click “Install“. You’ll then see an installation window appear, your device will say its “processing” and the app installation is confirmed.

If for any reason it can’t be installed, you may need to free up some space on your device as the app is quite large.

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Step 2 – Run the Recovery Check

To perform the recovery check, navigate over to the “Recovery Check” application on your Ledger device and run it by pressing onto both buttons. You should see “Check Your Recovery Phrase”. Then press the right button to choose the length of your recovery phrase (12, 18 or 24 words).

Next, you have to fill out all your words in the same order as you wrote them down. Most of the time, you only have to input the first few letters, and you can auto-complete the full word. You can scroll through the letters with the left and the right button, and press both buttons at the same time to select a letter.

Recovery phrase matches” is displayed if you’ve correctly saved your recovery phrase. And obviously there is a chance that the recovery phrase doesn’t match. It may be that you have written it down incorrectly or the order of words may be wrong.

If you’re still unable to find the correct recovery phrase then you may need to contact Ledger Support.

Step 3 – Remove the app

Then once its complete, use Ledger Live Manager to uninstall the app. This is because the app is quite big and there’s no real reason to keep it on on your device once your recovery phrase has been checked. 

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