Editions: Daedalus Rewards
Before we explain how to start the first step of working with Shelley Incentivized Testnet, let's go over a few things to help set the stage.
First, let's clarify a couple of terms.
Daedalus wallet refers to the Daedalus wallet that you may have downloaded previously. It works on Mainnet and has real ada.
Daedalus Rewards refers to the Daedalus wallet you need to download and use to do the balance check - to compare funds between Mainnet (Daedalus wallet) to Incentivized Testnet (Daedalus Rewards).
Balance wallet refers to the wallet that you created previously on mainnet and that was captured in the snapshot, it has a 12-word recovery passphrase. The words Balance wallet are only visible in Daedalus Rewards.
Rewards wallet refers to the wallet that you can create in the Daedalus Rewards wallet to use on Shelley Incentivized Testnet, it has a 15-word recovery passphrase. You do not have to create a Rewards wallet to do a balance check but you will need it to do anything else on the Incentivised Testnet.
See also Daedalus wallet editions
See also Cardano Networks
As part of the preparations for the Incentivized Testnet, we do a snapshot Once this is complete you can check that we have accurately captured all your ada balances on mainnet.
See What is Snapshot? for more details.
Validating your recovery phrase
First of all, you need the 12-word Daedalus wallet recovery phrase for your Daedalus wallet. If you are unsure that you have the correct wallet recovery phrase you can use the wallet recovery phrase verification feature in Daedalus wallet (version 0.15.0 and higher) to verify that you have the correct one.
See Recovery Phrase Validation for more details.
How to recover and check your balance
1. Download Daedalus Rewards
Download Daedalus Rewards wallet from the http://staking.cardano.org/ site.
2. Open Daedalus Rewards
Open Daedalus Rewards (you’ll recognize it by the special icon) and restore your Mainnet wallet using your wallet recovery phrase which you verified using Daedalus wallet. See Validating your recovery phrase above.
Special Daedalus Rewards icon:
Read the quick overview of Daedalus Rewards
3. Wait for initial Sync to complete
Wait for Daedalus Rewards to sync with the network. It may take a few minutes to sync. During this time the node is starting up (and a copy of the blockchain is being downloaded to your machine. (Note that, the Daedalus Diagnostics screen, available from the menu Help > Daedalus Diagnostics, will NOT show % complete while the node is starting up (for the first time after installation only). Daedalus Rewards will show a sync % in the Daedalus Diagnostics screen after the node has started. Once the wallet has synchronized to 100% the main user interface will open.
4. After the main user interface opens. Click the “Restore” button to start the restoration process.
5. Make sure Wallet recovery phrase is selected on the Restore a wallet screen is your funds were in a Daedalus wallet at the time of the snapshot.
a. Enter wallet name
b. Select the 12 words (Balance wallet) option for opening your mainnet wallet in the Daedalus -Rewards.
c. Enter your 12-word wallet recovery phrase of your regular Daedalus wallet
d. Set a spending password and
e. Click Restore wallet
Note that you can restore a paper wallet that was captured in the snapshot if you have one. In this case, switch to Paper wallet recovery phrase in the Restore a wallet screen and go through steps a. - e. above but using the27-word Daedalus Paper Wallet recovery phrase.
6. The total amount of ada in your Balance wallet in Daedalus Rewards should be the same as it is in Daedalus wallet.
7. If you find that the balance in your Balance wallet doesn’t match your mainnet Daedalus wallet, you should first make sure that you have not made any mainnet transactions after the Snapshotthat have changed the balance in your Daedalus wallet. See What is Snapshot? for details. If the balances in Daedalus wallet and Daedalus Rewards are not the same, please see Daedalus Rewards - Known Issues.
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