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Avail(AVAIL) staking guide
Avail(AVAIL) staking guide

Step-by-step instructions on setting up an account in the Avail network and staking AVAIL tokens using your account

Written by Mike
Updated over a week ago

Please be aware that the Avail mainnet is not currently live, and staking is unavailable at this time. All screenshots in this guide were taken on the testnet and will be replaced with real ones once the Avail mainnet is launched. Stay tuned for updates!

Understanding SS58 Format

  • What is SS58? SS58 is an address format used by Avail based on the Substrate framework that supports various blockchain solutions.

  • Features: This format helps create shorter, more recognizable addresses. It includes a network-specific prefix, which adds a layer of security and helps in network identification.

  • Security: Always ensure that the SS58 address matches the network you are interacting with to avoid cross-network errors or vulnerabilities.

Creating an account

To create an account, choose a trusted SS58-compatible wallet like SubWallet or Talisman or use the Polkadot JS browser extension.

Security tip: Securely store your seed phrase after creating your account. Write it down on paper and store it in a secure location such as a safe. Do not store it digitally to avoid risks of digital theft.

Connect account to Avail JS portal

Visit the Avail JS portal using a Chrome browser. Upon connecting, your wallet will request authorization. Navigate to the 'Accounts' tab to view your account balance and details.

The account should appear on the screen. This account will play the role of your stash. You can have as many account as you like.

We will continue with a single account but if there are multiple ones the following process of creation should be repeated for each of them.

Bond the amount of AVAIL you wish to stake

  1. Navigate to Network -> Staking and select the Account tab.

  2. Choose the amount of AVAIL to bond for staking. Ensure to keep a minimum balance of 1 AVAIL unbonded to cover transaction fees. Select your preferred method for receiving staking rewards: Stash account (increase the amount at stake); Stash account (do not increase the amount at stake); Controller account; Specified payment account (send rewards to any 3rd party account).

    We make payouts every day so you won’t need to pay a tx fee by yourself.

  3. Confirm the transaction by clicking Sign and Submit in your wallet.

  4. After successful bonding your stash appears in the Account tab. We recommend assigning a staking proxy account. It is a separate account that you should fund with 2-3 AVAIL and connect with your primary one to perform staking related operations on behalf of your stash, like triggering payout or nominating a validator. A staking proxy has no access to the funds on the stash account.

Nominate validators

  1. Press Nominate button

  2. In the opened window select up to 16 validators you wish to stake with. If you would like to nominate, you can search P2P.ORG and select our validators from the list. We highly recommend to select more than 1 validator to increase chances to being eligible for rewards.

  3. Chosen validators will appear in the right column. Press Nominate to continue*.*

  4. Your screen should be updated and current nominations should appear in the Account tab. From here you will be able to manage your staking in future.

Staking itself will begin from the next era or two (24 - 48 hours). You will be able to track nominations from Staking -> Account. At least one nomination should become active thus your stake is working in full and generating rewards.

Unbonding funds

  1. To start unbonding your funds to first need to express your desire to stop nominatiing. To stop nomination go to Network -> Staking and navigate to Account the tab and select Stop. It only stops your nominations but does not unbond your funds. After you need to sign the tx and continue with unbonding.

  2. To start unbonding you need tap on three dots and select Unbodning funds and select how funds much you would like to unbond. After you need to sign the tx.

  3. After singing the unbonding transaction you will see the timer on your unbonding period. In Avail it’s 28 days. After it your funds will be free and available to withdraw.

For more information about Avail staking please refer to the official docs.

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