How do I stake SOL?

Stake your SOL with Atomic Wallet to receive interest on your deposit! Here, we'll guide you through everything you need to know to stake your SOL and earn rewards. 

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Getting started with staking

Staking looks pretty straightforward as a process—instead of just keeping your SOL deposit on your balance, you're choosing to stake it and earn interest. Where does the interest come from, though? 

By delegating your SOL to a validator of your choice, you're expressing your trust in them, which makes them more powerful on the Solana blockchain. As validators get paid for confirming blockchain transactions, they in turn pay back to those who supported them. That's how you earn your rewards! By staking your SOL in Atomic Wallet, you're choosing us as your validator.

SOL 101: the things you need to know before staking your coins

  • Network fees. You’ll have to pay a network fee every time you want to stake or unstake your SOL. That's why we strongly recommend against staking all your funds. Make sure to leave some small SOL amount on your available balance so that you can pay the fees. Otherwise, you won’t be able to unstake your deposit later on. The fees are charged by the Solana blockchain directly. If you're interested in learning more about how they work, see Does Atomic Wallet charge any additional transaction fees?.
  • Your deposit will be locked. Your SOL deposit will be frozen throughout the staking period. This means your staked SOL won’t be counted towards your total balance. Also, you won’t be able to transfer or exchange them. 
  • Staking rewards. You'll start earning your SOL staking rewards in 2 epochs (~4 days, with one epoch lasting around 2 days) after staking your deposit. After that, you'll receive your staking rewards automatically every epoch (~2 days).
  • Unstaking. Unstaking takes a full epoch (around 2 days). Once you hit the Unstake button, your deposit will be frozen for 2 more days. After the unstaking period is over, your SOL will appear under Available withdrawals on the staking screen. Select Withdraw to have them deposited to your SOL address.

How to stake SOL in your Atomic Wallet app

  1. Click on Staking on the left sidebar.
  2. Select SOL.

  3. Click on Stake.

  4. Decide on the amount to stake.

    Tip: We strongly recommend not to stake all your SOL, as you won't be able to unstake your deposit later on otherwise.

    You'll be charged a network fee by the Solana blockchain for both staking and unstaking your deposit. The staking fee will automatically be deducted from the amount you're staking. We'd suggest you leave the same amount on your balance so that you can pay the fee once you decide to unstake your SOL. 

  5. Enter your password and click on Confirm.

  6. Voila, your SOL deposit is now staked! Relax and wait for your first rewards to arrive in around 2 days. See the Rewards section down below for more details.

  1. Select the Staking tab in the bottom panel.

  2. Tap on SOL.

  3. Tap on Stake.

  4. Decide on the amount to stake.

    Tip: We strongly recommend not to stake all your SOL, as you won't be able to unstake your deposit later on otherwise.

    You'll be charged a network fee by the Solana blockchain for both staking and unstaking your deposit. The staking fee will automatically be deducted from the amount you're staking. We'd suggest you leave the same amount on your balance so that you can pay the fee once you decide to unstake your SOL. 

  5. Enter your password and tap on Confirm.

  6. Voila, your SOL deposit is now staked! Relax and wait for your first rewards to arrive in around 2 days. See the Rewards section down below for more details.

Solana staking rewards

You'll receive your first staking rewards in 2 epochs after staking your deposit. Since one epoch amounts to around 2 days, this means you'll see your first rewards in 4 days after you stake your deposit.

After that, your rewards will arrive once every epoch, that is, every 2 days. There's no need to claim them, as they'll automatically be added to your staking deposit.

How to check whether you're receiving staking rewards

  1. Choose SOL from your coin list in Atomic Wallet.
  2. Select Receive.
  3. Copy your SOL address.
  4. Go to Solana Beach.
  5. Paste your address into the search bar.

  6. Scroll down a bit and switch to the Stakes tab.
    You'll see your staking accounts–Solana creates one whenever you make a new stake. Select the one you want to check on.
  7. Scroll down a bit again and choose the Stake rewards tab.

    Here, you'll find a by-epoch history of your staking rewards. Please note that all rewards are added to your staking deposit, not your available SOL balance.

How to unstake your SOL

  1. Select SOL in the Staking tab.
  2. Select Unstake.
  3. Enter the amount you want to unstake and select Unstake. Please note that unstaking takes one full epoch—that is, around 2 days. 

In 2 days, your SOL will appear under Available withdrawals. Just select Withdraw to have your coins deposited to your SOL address.


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