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PIN protection on Trezor devices

Your PIN (or Personal Identification Number) is a combination of numbers that you set during the initialization of your Trezor device.
 

PIN protection means your Trezor is safe from unauthorized access, and just like the PIN for your bank card, it should only be known to you!
 
TABLE OF CONTENTS
  • Choosing a good PIN
  • Setting a PIN for your Trezor device
  • PIN entry on your Trezor device
  • Trezor Model One
  • Trezor Model T
  • What if I forget my PIN?
  • Extra info
 

Choosing a good PIN

A PIN is a powerful tool to keep your crypto safe. It is a barrier protecting your accounts from unwarranted physical access to your device. We strongly recommend all Trezor users to enable PIN protection and choose a unique and memorable number. 
 

Do not use a simple or predictable PIN (e.g. "1234" or your birthday) or any series of repeated or sequential numbers

 

Some tips for choosing a secure PIN:
 

  • Do not repeat numbers, as you are only increasing the length but not the complexity of the PIN
  • Don't use sequences as they are easy to guess, and are usually the first combinations to be tested
  • Use as many numbers of possible to increase the complexity - we recommend using a PIN of at least 6 digits
 

Setting a PIN for your Trezor device

During the initialization of your Trezor Model One or Trezor Model T, in the 3rd step you'll be asked to set a PIN to secure your device:
 

 
We recommend setting a device PIN during the device initialization process so that your device is secured immediately
 

If you skip this step when first setting up your device, you can set or change a PIN at any time in device settings:
 

  • Go to the Settings menu by clicking on the gear icon () in the top-right corner of Trezor Suite
  • Select the Device menu tab
  • In the Security section the PIN feature can be turned on/off using the toggle switch, and you can change the device PIN at any time by selecting Change PIN:  
 
 

PIN entry on your Trezor device


Trezor Model One

 
  • Trezor One uses a blind matrix for PIN entry -- when required, a matrix of dots (instead of numbers) appears on your computer screen
  • The Trezor display indicates the placement of the numbers, which are always randomly arranged
  • You simply need to click the tiles that correspond to the number using your mouse cursor
  • Every time you use your Trezor, you will need to check the device display in order to determine the placement of the numbers
 
 

Trezor Model T

 
  • Use your finger (or a stylus) to enter your PIN by tapping on the touchscreen of your Trezor Model T
  • The PIN matrix displayed on the screen will shuffle the placement of the digits after every attempt
  • If you made a mistake when entering your PIN, use the yellow arrow tile in the bottom-left corner of the screen to restart the PIN entry procedure
  • Once you've entered your PIN, tap the green check tile () in the bottom-right corner of the screen to confirm
  • Tapping the red lock tile will lock the device and discard your attempt to unlock the PIN.
 
 

What if I forget my PIN?

Your PIN is independent from the recovery seed phrase. This means you can set a new PIN using the Trezor recovery process in case you forget it. 
 

First, make sure you have a safe offline copy of your recovery seed.
 

Then you'll need to wipe your device, which can be done by following these guides:
 

  • Wiping your Trezor Model One in Trezor Suite
  • Wiping your Trezor Model T in Trezor Suite


Using your recovery seed, you can then recover your wallet and set a new PIN in the process:
 

  • How to recover a wallet on the Trezor Model One
  • How to recover a wallet on the Trezor Model T
 
Lost your Trezor? Don't panic!
* Even if someone gains physical access to your Trezor, you will have enough time to move your funds to safety.
* Brute-forcing a strong PIN is very difficult, because Trezor exponentially increments the unlock countdown timer with every successive incorrect PIN entry

 

Extra info

You can read more about the PIN feature on the Trezor blog.

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