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1: Set up and fund Daedalus wallet

To create a new Cardano wallet...
  • Open the Daedalus desktop application and allow it to sync to the Cardano blockchain
  • Select Create and follow the on‐screen prompts to create a new account, password, and mnemonic seed phrase

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Ensure that you store your seed phrase somewhere safe where it cannot be lost or compromised. Your seed phrase is the master key to your wallet; loss or compromise of your seed phrase may result in permanent loss of your ADA.

  • Select the Receive tab
  • Copy any of your wallet addresses
  • Visit the exchange or wallet where your ADA was purchased/stored, and send your ADA from where it was purchased to the wallet address copied above
  • Following the network processing time, your ADA balance will show on the wallet homepage

To link an existing hardware wallet...
  • Open the Daedalus desktop application and allow it to sync to the Cardano blockchain
  • Select Pair and ensure your hardware device is connected and unlocked
  • Follow the on-screen prompts to connect your device to Daedalus, including approving the connection on your hardware wallet
  • Your ADA balance will now show on the wallet homepage

To link to an existing Cardano wallet using a key phrase...
  • Open the Daedalus desktop application and allow it to sync to the Cardano blockchain
  • Select Restore to enter the 12, 15, 24, or 27 word mnemonic seed phrase for your existing Cardano wallet
  • Choose your original wallet type and select Continue
  • Follow the on-screen prompts to reconfigure your wallet
  • Your ADA balance will now show on the wallet homepage

To link to an existing Cardano wallet using a JSON recovery file...
  • Open the Daedalus desktop application and allow it to sync to the Cardano blockchain
  • Select Import then Daedalus 'Secret.key' file and upload your JSON recovery file
  • Enter your JSON recovery file password in the text box below and select Import wallets
  • Your ADA balance will now show on the wallet homepage

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