Start your staking journey or explore more information about staking on Polkadot's Home Page. Discover this new Staking Dashboard that makes staking much easier. This Overview article and all the articles it links to can help you get started.


This dashboard is still in beta version, but it is already operational and provides a very nice UI through which you can bond or unbond your tokens, select which validators to nominate, see their statistics, as well as statistics of the network, view your staking rewards, and more.


In this article, we go over the dashboard and explain briefly the various features, while you can follow links to other articles that explain specific functionality in more detail.


Navigating the Overview page


Below is the screen that you will encounter when you first visit the Staking Dashboard. We have numbered the sections for easy reference.


1. This is the Overview tab where you can see information about the network and your account at a glance.


2. Stake tab: This is the tab where you can do most of the staking actions with your account and see the selection of your validators along with their status (active/inactive/waiting). More specifically you can:


3. Payouts tab: Here you can see details about your recent staking rewards. Check out this guide for more info.


4. Validators tab: The Validators tab is where you can see all the validators on the network, filter them based on several criteria, add any of them to your favorites, and see network metrics for validators.


5. Community tab: The Community tab is where validators can submit their validator entities, meaning details about the validators they run on each network, along with their contact information.


6. Favourites tab: Here you'll see any validators that you have selected as favourites. Read more about it in this article.


7. Feedback tab: Here you can leave feedback on the dashboard and like or reply to other posts.


8. Under Network you can choose which network to use the dashboard with. You can select Polkadot, Kusama or Westend.


9. With the Connect button you can connect your account to the dashboard from a selection of popular ecosystem extensions. You can connect either the controller or your stash account, and you can also add any account as "read-only".


10. The Assistant provides details on the features and terms on each specific tab. Also, every section in the dashboard has a small "i" icon next to it. Clicking on it brings up a brief explanation of that item.


11. At the top of the dashboard you can see information on the total and active nominators on the network, along with the limits for each. You can also see the era we're currently in.


12. If you have connected your account, in the center of the dashboard you can see basic information about your stake at a glance.


12a. Wherever you see the "Subscan" icon in the dashboard it means that this data is fetched from Subscan API. You can disable this (or in the future change the source) in the Settings. It is the gear icon at the bottom left corner.


13. At the bottom of the page you can see announcements that relate to the network's staking process.


Nomination Pools


Nomination Pools are now live on Kusama, but haven't yet been released on Polkadot. As a result, the Pools tab is currently not visible when connected to the Polkadot network. 


If you'd like, you can test out the functionality of pools by connecting to Westend (testnet). You will need to request some Westies from the faucet first.