How to delegate your ADA to a Stake Pool

Cardano (ADA) has become one of the most popular cryptocurrencies on the market. This post explains how to delegate your ADA to a Stake Pool and get rewards inside the Incentivized Testnet (ITN) of the Shelley era of Cardano.

Distributed Network

We will focus, not on creating a Cardano Node, but on how to delegate our ADAs to a Stake Pool such as (VTRA). You start delegating your ADA to a pool using a Wallet. Currently, both Daedalus ITN or Yoroi wallets can be used to delegate your stake to the desired Stake Pool. Daedalus is a standalone application and Yoroi works as a Browser extension.

Download the Daedalus ITN wallet

We'll use Daedalus ITN since it's the official Cardano wallet. You can download the software from here from the official site. You can validate the checksum for extra security.

Download Daedalus ITN Wallet

Run the installer and accept the default settings. Review and accept the terms and conditions. Click "Continue" and you will see the welcome screen. Click "I understand" to proceed to the main window. You can also click "More information" if you want more information about the incentivized test net (ITN).

Daedalus ITN Wallet Main Window

Create your wallets

After restoring your main-net wallet and create a new rewards wallet (just follow the app instructions), you'll see that the balance in your wallet has the same amount of test net ADA (tADA) that you had in the main net wallet at the time of the balance snapshot.

Verify that your computer is clean and free of malware. Be sure to keep all recovery phrases safe for all of your wallets. You'll need these recovery phrases to redeem incentivized test net rewards on the Cardano main network.

Create or Restore Wallet

Delegate your ADA

Now is time to finally stake your ADA. The second menu option, on the left, will guide you to the Delegation tab:

Daedalus ITN Delegation Center

The middle option "Stake Pools" shows the full list of online Stake Pools. They are represented as squares and colored according to an experimental scoring calculated by IOHK. In the search box type "VTRA", or the ticker of the pool of your choice, and click on it, a small review will pop up:

Stake Pool Data

Back in the delegation center, under "wallets", click on "Delegate". Select the appropriate wallet, search for your preferred stake pool, and type your spending password. After the confirmation, you have delegated your stake!

Daedalus Delegation Process

When the ITN program ends, the rewards will be transferred to the main net and you will be able to redeem your rewards using the wallet recovery phrase from your rewards wallet. Welcome to Cardano Staking!

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