Aleph Zero Staking - Which wallet is best for me? A comprehensive guide

What wallet can I use for staking? Which one suits me?

If you plan to stake between 10 to 2000 AZERO you will have to use the nomination pools and the mainnet wallet or the staking dashboard created by the Aleph Zero team. For all other users planning to stake from 2000 AZERO onwards, there are several options available.


🐳 Staking 2000 $AZERO or more

Once we know that we want to stake at least 2000 $AZERO, the next question is: From which device are you going to manage your wallet?

πŸ–₯ Desktop/laptop computer: Windows/MacOS/Linux

Official wallet/staking dashboard

  • Mainnet Wallet: Web browser based wallet created by the Aleph Zero team based on the classic interface used in other ecosystems that are based on Substrate, powerful but not very friendly if you are a newbie.
  • The Aleph Zero Dashboard: Dashboard created by the Aleph Zero team as a visual and simple alternative to the mainnet wallet, you can combine it with wallets like Talisman, Subwallet or PolkadotJS to start and manage your staking.

Third-party wallets

  • SubWallet: A renowned wallet from the Polkadot and Kusama ecosystem compatible with Aleph Zero chain. It is based on a browser extension that you can install on Chrome, Firefox, MS Edge, and Brave.
  • Enkrypt: In this case it is a multichain web3 wallet built by MyEtherWallet. Unlike Subwallet, Enkrypt has an extension for Safari, if you are an apple user, you will appreciate it.
  • Talisman: A wallet for Polkadot and Ethereum, also compatible with $AZERO. From TalismΓ‘n you cannot stake directly, however, you can connect this wallet to the official staking dashboard.

πŸ“±Smartphone: Android/IOS

Third-party wallets

  • Nova Wallet: A fantastic wallet for smartphone, very intuitive, compatible with Ledger Nano X for extra security (WIP).


🐠 Staking from 10 to < 2000 $AZERO

πŸ–₯ Desktop/laptop computer: Windows/MacOS/Linux

Official wallet/staking dashboard

  • Mainnet Wallet: Web browser based wallet created by the Aleph Zero team based on the classic interface used in other ecosystems that are based on Substrate, powerful but not very friendly if you are a newbie.
  • The Aleph Zero Dashboard: Dashboard created by the Aleph Zero team as a visual and simple alternative to the mainnet wallet, you can combine it with wallets like Talisman, Subwallet or PolkadotJS to start and manage your staking.

πŸ“±Smartphone: Android/IOS

Technically it is possible to join the nomination pools from your Smartphone using the mainnet wallet/dashboard but we advise against using this method.


Wallet selection: criteria and key points

Staking APR/APY
  • The APR/APY is the same in all the wallets.
Security
  • Wallets are designed to be secure, however many aspects are in the hands of the user, for example, keeping your device free of viruses and malware.
  • Just because something is safe doesn't make it indestructible. As soon as Ledger and other hardware wallets implement the $AZERO staking feature, we recommend all users to secure their accounts using a hardware wallet.
  • Never connect your wallet to unknown sites and use only trusted sources to download/update your wallet.
Comfort and usability
  • The new staking dashboard is easy to use and close to the experience offered by third-party wallets. However, some wallets like Nova Wallet are still the best option if you don't have a computer or need to periodically access your funds wherever you are. Remember that you can have your wallet on two devices simultaneously if you wish using the same seed phrase.

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