How to Setup TREZOR Wallet for the First Time

If you are serious about the cryptocurrencies in your possesion, you should keep them in a hardware wallet because it is probably the safest. In this tutorial, I’ll show you how to setup your TREZOR – one of the most secure hardware wallet available – for the very first time.

Inside the box

First and formost, make sure the security seal on the box is untampered. In case you find it to be tempered, get in touch with TREZOR support.

trezor security seal

Here’s what you get inside the box.

trezor unboxed
1. TREZOR hardware wallet. 2. Recovery Seed card. 3. Lanyard. 4. Instruction paper. 5. USD to Micro USB cable.

Setting up TREZOR

Setting your TREZOR for the first time is pretty straight forward. The whole process will take approximetely 10-15 minutes.

Step 1: Connect TREZOR to your computer

Connect TREZOR wallet to your computer using the USB cable provided. On your TREZOR wallet’s screen, you should then see a Lock icon, and an instruction asking you to go to trezor.io/start.

trezor first screen
Step 2: Go to trezor.io/start

Learn how the TREZOR PIN and the recovery seed works. Then, choose if you want to subscribe to their newsletter or not, and continue to setting up your device.

Step 3: Install TREZOR Wallet

Go to wallet.TREZOR.io if you’re not being directed to. In order for your TREZOR device to communicate with your TREZOR wallet, you can either install the TREZOR Chrome Extension, or the TREZOR Bridge specifically for your operating system.

In this guide, I’m going to go ahead using the Chome Extension.

trezor app options
Step 4: Install laterst firmware

For safety reasons, no firmware will be installed when the device is shipped. Click “Yes, Install” to begin installation of the firmware for the first time.

install firmware

Cross check the firmware fingerprints on browser screen against the one on your TREZOR, make sure they matches. Click “Continue” on your TREZOR.

compare fingerprints
Step 5: Reconnect TREZOR

Plug it out, plug it in again and go to wallet.TREZOR.io.

Step 6: Give TREZOR device a name
trezor label
Step 7: Setting up the PIN

Setting up your PIN may seem confusing at first, but once you get a grasp of it, it’s easy.

You will see a 3×3 grid (with dots) on your browser.

grid on browser

And you will see a 3×3 grid (with numbers) on your TREZOR.

grid on trezor

Now, suppose you want your PIN to be, let’s say – 6789. You are going to refer to the exact position of these numbers in your TREZOR, and hit them in sequence in your browser.

enter pin in sequence

You will need to do this twice to confirm your PIN.

Step 8: Write down the recovery seeds

Next, your TREZOR will display a unique combination of 24 words. This will allow you to recover your accounts in case you lose your device.

trezor recovery seeds

Write them down, all 24 words, in the recovery seed card provided, word by word. Verify it again, and click Finish on your TREZOR.

Make sure you never lose your recovery seed card.

Final Step: Enter PIN to access TREZOR wallet

Go to wallet.TREZOR.io agian on your browser (if you already have it closed), enter PIN, hit enter and access your wallet for the first very time.

It should look something like this.

trezor wallet ui
  1. Access your other cryptocurrency wallets. TREZOR currently supports: Bitcoin, Bitcoin Cash, Dash, Litecoin, Zcash, Ethereum and Ethereum Classic.
  2. Customize your TREZOR device homescreen.
  3. Access security features like enabling and disabling passphrase and PIN here. You can also wipe (remove all information) your TREZOR device here.
  4. Edit device’s basic settings; e.g. Change label and PIN.
  5. Lock TREZOR device.
  6. Forget TREZOR device.
  7. Change fiat currency, currency backend and bitcore server url.
  8. Connect TREZOR to Dropbox to access features (E.g. Rename accounts, Label receiving addresses) and information (E.g. Comment transactions) TREZOR wallet and transactions.
  9. Add new account.
  10. Add old accounts before SegWit.

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