Guide: How to delegate ADA (Cardano) using a Daedalus wallet

This guide explains how to start delegating ADA (Cardano) and earning rewards with the official full node Daedalus wallet.

Install a Daedalus Wallet on your computer

1. Go to Daedalus wallet page and download the latest version of the wallet
2. After the download is completed, unpack and install Daedalus wallet on your system.
3. Once the installation is done, launch the Daedalus app and go through simple steps such as: select your language, read and accept the terms and conditions etc.
4. Wait for Daedalus to sync. Since the blockchain is over 6GB it could take hours depending on your internet speed.

5. After the sync is over, you can proceed with the next steps.

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1. After the sync has reached 100%, go to the dashboard and click the Create a new wallet button.

2. Enter the name and password for the Wallet. This password will be required each time you make a transaction and click Create a new wallet.

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3. Read carefully the following note on how to use the 24-word Recovery Phrase. If you lose the recovery phrase for your wallet, you will not be able to recover your ADA back.

4. The next step is to verify the 24-word Recovery Phrase the system created for you.

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5. Wait for the wallet to be fully synced before using the password for new transactions or to move your funds from restored legacy wallets.

For those who have the previous Daedalus version wallets installed, there is an import feature which runs automatically and detects installed legacy wallets.


Just select the wallets, click the Import selected wallet button and follow instructions.

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1. Once you have some ADA in the newly created wallet you can delegate them to the stake pool.

2. Click on the network icon in the left side panel to open the delegation centre.

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3. Select the wallet which holds the ADA you wish to delegate to a stake pool and click the Delegate button.

4. The dialogue window will appear where you will be prompted with steps you need to go through. Click Continue.

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5. Choose a wallet with funds you want to delegate and click Continue.

6. Search the “P2P” pool ticker if you want to delegate to P2P Validator stake pool, select and click Continue.

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7. Enter your spending password, confirm the delegation and enjoy rewards.

Please keep in mind that your delegation will be counted two epochs later.


Each epoch is exactly five days long. Therefore, you will begin receiving staking rewards after 10 days. You can track rewards under the Rewards tab.

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