The Ledger Nano S is one of the best(second to the Ledger Nano X) hardware wallets we have right now in the market due to it’s very simplistic and compact design, and it’s support for a good number of coins.

One thing though, that bothers a lot of Ledger Nano S owners is the infuriating “Sorry, not enough storage/space left” error message, sometimes appearing even if you only have around 3-4 apps installed(coin app size varies).

Ledger purposely made the device’s memory small for security purposes, so there’s nothing we could do but to use a workaround. So, what’s the solution?

The Solution

Solution 1: While this might not be the solution you’re looking for, for you to have memory to be able to use other apps, you need to simply temporarily uninstall apps of coins that you’re currently not using much. You only need the apps if you’re going to actually send out some of your coins. You can still receive coins and freely view your portfolio on Ledger Live even if every single app on your Ledger Nano S is uninstalled.

Solution 2: Another solution would be to purchase the newer Ledger Nano X instead, which can support hundreds of cryptocurrencies without needing to frequently uninstall apps, like with the Ledger Nano S.

Will I lose my coins if I uninstall an app?

No. Uninstalling an app isn’t going to lose you access to your coins. You can freely uninstall every single apps on your Ledger wallet, and reinstall them again later, gaining you back access to your coins if you’re planning on doing some transactions.

Is uninstalling apps the only solution?

On the 1.4.1 version update of the Ledger Nano S firmware, Ledger Labs claims to have done some optimizations to the apps to potentially decrease their memory size. Though they claim that you could now install up to more than a dozen apps, people are still claiming that they could only install around 2-5 apps.

For now, if you’re on the latest version and you’re still having memory problems on your Ledger Nano S, I’m afraid uninstalling some of the is the only solution for now, unless you’re fine with purchasing the better and recently released Ledger Nano X.

How do I uninstall an app?

  1. Open Ledger Live with your Ledger Nano S plugged in to your computer
  2. Select “Manager” on the Menu sidebar
  3. Simply click on the trash icon of the apps you want to uninstall

The Ledger Nano X

The Ledger Nano X is the newly released hardware wallet by Ledger Labs; a new hardware wallet that’s definitely significantly better but slightly pricier than the older Ledger Nano S.

Ledger Nano X features:

  • Mobile support
  • Bluetooth functionality
  • Bigger memory(up to 100+ apps)

Moving on

Before actually putting money into bitcoin or cryptocurrencies in general, it’s really important to make sure that everything is as secure as possible to prevent your funds from getting stolen by hackers. For more information on how to secure your cryptocurrency investments, take a look at these articles from us:



Ledger Nano X - The secure hardware wallet

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2 Responses

  1. Nick F says:

    Hi there,

    Interesting article. I’m actually considering getting a Nano X as an upgrade to my Nano S. Apprecia if you can please answer the following questions:

    1. 1. How to I move my existing accounts and configurations on my Ledger Nano S to the Ledger Nano X?

    2. One I have initialized my Nano X, i would like to use my Ledger Nano S as my backup. If Nano X can store up to 100 apps while Nano S can only store 3-4 apps, how is it possible for Nano S to act as a backup?

    • cryptosec says:

      1. You simply install the apps you need on the new Nano X. As long as you’ve imported the same recovery seed from the Nano S, your funds should appear on the Nano X.

      2. You can freely uninstall the apps on your Nano S, and if you reinstall the apps, your funds would re-appear. Take note that your recovery should be your main backup, not the Nano S. Your Nano S should just be a backup device just so you have something to use if ever your Nano X breaks for some reason.

      Note: your funds are stored on the blockchain, not on the Ledger device. Your Ledger device only acts as sort of a “key” for you to be able to access your funds on the blockchain.

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