Whether you need to access your funds from a PC, browser, or mobile device, there are many options available to store and stake your Cardano (ADA). The best choice of wallet application will highly depend on the features you value - be that security, hardware wallet support, ability to exchange with other currencies within the app, multi-asset support, etc. In the sections below, we summarize the features and limitations of every application that supports Cardano. At the end, we provide a handy table comparing all of the significant features and provide recommendations for various types of users.

Important: Only download or access these wallets from their official websites.

Daedalus

Daedalus is the official Cardano wallet built by IOHK. This open-source wallet runs a full Cardano node on your PC, which means it maintains a full copy of the Cardano blockchain on your computer and can independently validate the blockchain’s integrity. Daedalus can be installed on Windows, macOS, or Linux. Because it maintains its own copy of the blockchain, it can take a couple of hours to synchronize with the blockchain the first time the software is opened. This also requires sufficient disk space on your computer (approximately 10 GB, currently). A feature unique to Daedalus is the automatic redemption of staking rewards whenever transactions are sent from your wallet, saving you the transaction fee required to redeem the rewards manually. Daedalus also supports voting in the Catalyst fund. For a tutorial on staking your ADA using Daedalus, check out our guide.

daedalus Daedalus PC application

Important: There is no mobile app for Daedalus. Do not download unverified mobile apps, or you will lose your ADA.

Pros:

  • Daedalus is the only wallet option that runs a full blockchain node
  • Highest level of software wallet security
  • Supports Ledger Nano (S/X) and Trezor Model T hardware wallets
  • Uses Cardano recovery seeds (i.e., can be simultaneously used with other wallets that support Cardano-formatted seeds)
  • Fully supports stake delegation, governance (e.g., Catalyst voting), and multi-asset transactions
  • Staking rewards are automatically claimed

Cons:

  • Requires several GB of hard drive space
  • Takes a couple of hours to download the blockchain during installation
  • Takes several minutes to synchronize new/restored wallets

Recommended for:

  • PC users who want the increased security of running a full Cardano node on their own system

Yoroi

Yoroi is the official Cardano wallet built by Emurgo. This wallet runs in a browser or as a mobile application. Since it doesn’t run a full Cardano node, it does not require synchronizing with the blockchain or storing it on your device. While this means you can get up-and-running faster, the wallet relies on the integrity of the Emurgo server it communicates with to validate transactions. Yoroi’s web application fully supports the use of hardware wallets, including hidden wallets, while the mobile app only supports the Ledger Nano X. Yoroi also supports voting in the Catalyst fund. For a tutorial on staking your ADA using Yoroi, check out our guide. In addition to Cardano, Yoroi also supports the Ergo blockchain.

yoroi Yoroi web application

yoroi_mobile Yoroi mobile wallet

Pros:

  • Stores wallet information in a local account via browser extension (i.e., wallets don’t need to be recovered every time you wish to access them)
  • Supports Ledger Nano (S/X) and Trezor Model T hardware wallets (mobile version only supports Ledger Nano X)
  • Uses Cardano recovery seeds (i.e., can be simultaneously used with other wallets that support Cardano-formatted seeds)
  • Fully supports stake delegation, governance (e.g., Catalyst voting), and multi-asset transactions

Cons:

  • Takes several minutes to sync new/restored wallets
  • Staking rewards must be manually claimed (requires paying a transaction fee each time)

Recommended for:

  • Web or mobile users who also hold Ergo
  • Web or mobile users who want quick access to their funds from the device(s) they use regularly

AdaLite

AdaLite is an open-source, client-side Cardano wallet built by VacuumLabs. This wallet runs solely as a browser application. Like Yoroi, it doesn’t run a full Cardano node. Unlike Yoroi, AdaLite does not save your wallets within a browser extension; you must restore your wallet with a recovery phrase (or link your hardware wallet) each time you open the application. AdaLite fully supports hardware wallets, including hidden wallets. A feature unique to AdaLite, multiple accounts can be utilized within a single wallet - your funds can be split across multiple addresses derived from your base wallet account, which can use used to delegate to multiple pools from the same wallet (such as a portfolio from adafolio). AdaLite does not yet support voting. Another unique feature AdaLite provides is the ability of stake pool operators to pledge their ADA without requiring the use of command-line utilities.

adalite AdaLite web application

Pros:

  • Supports multiple accounts within a single wallet (can be used to delegate to multiple pools from the same wallet)
  • New & restored wallets synchronize within seconds
  • Supports Ledger Nano (S/X) and Trezor Model T hardware wallets
  • Uses Cardano recovery seeds (i.e., can be simultaneously used with other wallets that support Cardano-formatted seeds)
  • Fully supports stake delegation and multi-asset transactions

Cons:

  • No wallet accounts (i.e., wallets need to be recovered every time you wish to access them). This can be a pain if you don’t use a hardware wallet.
  • No governance support
  • Staking rewards must be manually claimed (requires paying a transaction fee each time)

Recommended for:

  • Web users who want quick access to their ADA from multiple devices without requiring account setup
  • Stake pool operators who would like to use a software wallet rather than command-line utilities to manage their pledge

Medusa

Medusa AdaWallet is a project developed by members of the Cardano community that runs as a web application based on the open-source cardano-wallet software. A unique feature of the Medusa wallet is its use of one-time passwords (OTP) for account management. You create an account by linking an OTP provider, such as Google Authenticator, which provides a unique, single-use password each time you log in. This account stores any wallets you have created or recovered. Like Daedalus and Yoroi, it takes several minutes to synchronize new wallets the first time they are created/restored. The Medusa team is working on a major update that will include multi-asset support, so this is a wallet to keep an eye on in the near future.

medusa Medusa web application

Pros:

  • Web-based accounts using OTP passwords
  • Uses Cardano recovery seeds (i.e., can be simultaneously used with other wallets that support Cardano-formatted seeds)
  • Staking rewards are automatically claimed

Cons:

  • No hardware wallet support
  • No governance support
  • No multi-asset support

Recommended for:

Web users who access their funds on untrusted devices and would like to take advantage of Medusa’s OTP feature.

Atomic

Atomic is a wallet and exchange that supports several cryptocurrencies, including Cardano. This wallet comes as a desktop (Windows, macOS, Linux) or mobile (iOS, Android) application. It does not run a full Cardano node and does not support hardware wallets or voting. For a tutorial on staking your ADA using Atomic, check out our guide.

atomic Atomic PC application

Pros:

  • Supports multiple cryptocurrencies

Cons:

  • Proprietary recovery seeds
  • No hardware wallet support
  • No governance support
  • No multi-asset support

Recommended for:

  • Users who do not plan to hold their ADA long-term and are interested in trading to/from the other currencies supported by Atomic

Exodus

Exodus is a wallet and exchange that supports several cryptocurrencies, including Cardano. This wallet comes as a desktop (Windows, macOS, Linux) or mobile (iOS, Android) application. It does not run a full Cardano node and does not support voting. Its hardware wallet support is currently limited to the Trezor Model T. A unique feature of Exodus is the ability to trade for other cryptocurrencies that Exodus supports.

exodus Exodus PC application

Exodus does not allow you to choose the stake pool to which you’d like to delegate. For this reason, we would generally not recommend using the Exodus wallet.

Pros:

  • Exodus offers a slightly higher return on stake (ROS) on staked ADA than stake pools actually payout (at least for now)
  • Supports the Trezor Model T hardware wallet
  • Supports multiple cryptocurrencies

Cons:

  • Proprietary recovery seeds
  • Can’t choose which stake pool your wallet is delegated to
  • No support for Ledger hardware wallets
  • No governance support
  • No multi-asset support

Recommended for:

  • Users who do not plan to hold their ADA long-term and are interested in trading to/from the other currencies supported by Exodus

Infinito

Infinito is a mobile-only wallet that supports several cryptocurrencies, including Cardano. It is available for iOS and Android. It does not run a full Cardano node and does not support hardware wallets or voting.

infinito Infinito mobile application

Pros:

  • Supports multiple cryptocurrencies

Cons:

  • Proprietary recovery seeds
  • No hardware wallet support
  • No governance support
  • No multi-asset support

Recommended for:

  • Mobile-only users who do not plan to hold their ADA long-term and are interested in trading to/from the other currencies supported by Infinito

Cardano Wallet Features Compared

Wallet Staking Governance Voting Full Node HW Wallet Support Multi-Asset Support Desktop App Browser App Mobile App Other Cryptocurrencies
Daedalus Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes No No No
Yoroi Yes Yes No Yes Yes No Yes Yes Yes* (Ergo only)
AdaLite Yes No No Yes Yes No Yes No No
Medusa Yes No No No No No Yes No No
Atomic Yes No No No No Yes No Yes Yes
Infinito Yes No No No No No No Yes Yes
Exodus Yes* (locked stake pool) No No Yes* (Trezor only) No Yes No Yes Yes

Which wallet should I choose?

  • If you use a hardware wallet (and you really should), we would recommend using Daedalus, Yoroi, or AdaLite.
  • If you are a stake pool operator or would like to delegate your ADA to multiple stake pools, we recommend AdaLite.
  • If you have a PC and don’t mind waiting on the Cardano node to sync, we recommend using Daedalus.
  • If you are a mobile-only user, we would recommend Yoroi.

Pro Tip:

You don’t have to choose between Daedalus, Yoroi, AdaLite, or Medusa wallets - you can use them all at the same time, even on different devices! Below we show the same wallet accessed by all four of these wallets simultaneously. Your recovery phrase can be used to access your ADA on as many devices and wallet applications as you’d like! (Note: This can’t be done with wallets that use proprietary recovery phrases, like Atomic and Exodus.)

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