How do I setup Trezor T hardware wallet?
Prague-based SatoshiLabs created the original Trezor cryptocurrency hardware wallet and have been helping you protect your hard-earned Satoshis since 2014.
The Trezor One has a straightforward user interface which has been known to cause debates between users of this platform and the Ledger community as to which is the easiest to navigate.
Very recently, Trezor unveiled its new Model T device. So, I have one to test out, review and show you how to set up correctly!
So let’s get into it.
Above is everything that comes in the box. You will find the following.
- The device itself
- A USB C charging cable (if you don’t have any other USB C devices make sure not to lose this)
- A magnetic mounting plate
- A getting started guide – but don’t worry we’ll sort you out with this
- Two recovery seed cards. Use both and keep them in separate places away from your Trezor
- Four stickers
As you can see, the Model T is around double the size of the Trezor One and has a great deal more screen real estate. And gone is the black and white screen, we now have a great looking colour touch display!
We’ll be setting this up on a PC in this instance, but you can use this model with some mobile devices as well.
The first thing you need to do is remove the holographic sticker at the bottom of the device shown below.
**If this is missing from your Model T, please contact trezor.io/support in the first instance and do not proceed with set up as this is here as a security measure. You can find out more about confirming the legitimacy of your hardware wallet in our article here.
Once that’s done, connect your Trezor to your computer using the included USB-C cable. Open up your web browser – you’ll need to use either Google Chrome, Opera, Brave or Firefox. Safari or Internet Explorer/Edge will not work here – and head to trezor.io/start.
I have also found that it’s best to connect the Trezor directly to your computer rather than using a USB hub.
Here’s the first screen you’ll see.
You’re setting up a Trezor Model T, so go ahead and click the box to the right.
Next, you’ll see the pop-up below. As mentioned above, this is important as the hologram ensures the authenticity of your device.
Once you’re satisfied that your device is sound, click on through to ‘Continue to wallet’.
From here, you’ll be taken directly to the wallet, but we still have some stuff to do.
Firstly, you will be prompted to update the firmware to the latest version. Updating is going to give you access to the newest features and is recommended (just like updating your smartphone or computer) so go ahead and click ‘Show details’.
As below, you will see my device was previously set up, but I’ll be doing a factory restore to walk you through the rest.
At this point, disconnect your Trezor and while plugging it back in start swiping from top to bottom on the screen.
Again, this device has been set up but not backed up, so it’s fine to go ahead and click the box and hit ‘Update to version 2.1.4’ (or whichever is newest).
Once you’ve done that, you’re going to see the following on your device (ignore the remains of the hologram seal).
Click the green tick and then you’ll see this.
This process shouldn’t take any more than a minute.
Once that’s complete, you return to the main wallet screen.
Back on your Trezor, you will see that we still have some work to do.
Please do not add currencies to this device until you have backed it up!
We’ll do this now. Grab a pen and the recovery seed sheet shown below.
As you can see above if you have multiple devices, you can name them and label the card to differentiate them. Just remember that you should never keep this card with your Trezor, and it’s best to complete both and keep them in two separate places.
Disconnect and reconnect your Trezor, and you will see the following screen.
I have two devices set up on the machine, but we’re looking at the one which we haven’t set up yet so make sure My Trezor is highlighted and choose ‘Create Wallet’.
You’ll also need to confirm this on the device itself as below.
Once confirmed you’ll see the following.
For new users, I would suggest choosing ‘Create with Single Backup’ for now.
You’ll then be asked to agree to the terms of service on your Trezor. Click the green tick, and we’re on our way.
You’ll then return to the main wallet and see the following. Just click on ‘Create a backup in 3 minutes’.
This step is where you’ll need your recovery seed card and a pen. Also, ensure that you DO NOT Trezor disconnect during this process.
Ensure to take note of the information on the next screen. Once you are satisfied, confirm you understand and hit ‘Continue’.
You’ll see the next screen and will be taking it to your Trezor and the card for a little while.
With the Model T, twelve words make up your recovery seed. If you look at your device, you will see the first four. Ensure you write these down in the order they come in on the card.
As you can see above, it suggests swiping down for the next four words.
Once you have written down all twelve words, press and hold on your Trezor to confirm.
Once you have done this, you will be asked to check your recovery seed. Click the word on your screen that corresponds to the word order on your card.
You’ll need to confirm three of the twelve words on your card. Once that’s done hit ‘Continue’.
Next, you’ll need to set up a PIN for your Trezor. This screen will appear on your computer but, you’ll again need to complete the action through your Trezor.
Click the green tick as per above, and you will see the following. Please take note of the two images below. You will note that the numbers are in a different order in each instance.
Make sure the PIN you enter follows the order on your device.
If everything has gone well, you’ll see the following.
Click through ‘Continue’. You’re now going to be prompted to name your device. Again this is handy should you have more than one hardware wallet.
Hit ‘Continue’ again, and you’ll be able to enter your device name.
Once you enter the name and continue, you will need to confirm on your device. Just click the green tick again.
As above, Trezor is happy with that name which now shows on your device as well.
Good news, we’re nearly done. You can now bookmark the Trezor site to avoid phishing etc. which a nice add-on from their end.
You’ll be asked if you’d like to sign up for the Trezor Newsletter, up to you. I skipped this as you’re most likely only going to want to be alerted to firmware updates and you’ll be made aware of these when you connect your device.
Continue through, and done.
Once you hit ‘Finish’, you will be back to the main wallet screen and will see your newly set up wallet to the left.
One last cool feature I want to show off is your home-screen. On the Trezor Model T, you have the option to set up a custom home-screen image.
If you click on your device name, in this instance kayjay02, you go to where you’re going to find all your settings. Navigate to the home screen, and you will see some preset ones there, or you can also add your own.
Choose your image and confirm on your Trezor as per below.
And there you go.
Click here to see the next steps from setting up, to purchasing through BitPrime.
This is a link to the official Trezor retail store and is the safest way to purchase your new hardware wallet if you haven’t already.
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