Frequently Asked Questions

    Participation Rewards:

    What do I need to do to earn participation rewards?

    The Algorand rewards are earned by everyone holding at least one Algo proportionally to their holding of Algos. Every address that holds 1 Algo or more in a non-custodial wallet is eligible to earn rewards. For addresses managed by custodians or centralized wallets/exchanges, it depends on the terms and/or policies of the custodian or wallet/exchange. The current rewards distribution is determined and funded by the Algorand Foundation ( You can read a detailed explanation of the Algo Dynamics.

    Will I get better rewards by running a relay node? Will I get better rewards by running a participation node?

    No, currently there are no additional rewards for running a relay or participation node. The Algorand Foundation issued token grants to early supporters and universities for running relay nodes, to help bootstrap a scalable and reliable initial infrastructure backbone. This program is now closed. Stay tuned for future updates.

    How frequently are participation rewards distributed?

    This is a function of the circulating supply of Algos and of the current rewards rate. For example, in June 2020, rewards were distributed approximately every 9 minutes, to all the accounts holding at least the minimum required balance of 1 Algo.

    What is the current rewards rate?

    In Algorand, the total supply was fixed at the 10 Billion Algos minted at Genesis. The distribution of these Algos in time is monitored by the Foundation and the Economic Advisory Committee. The amount of rewards distributed in each 500,000 block period is detailed in the table below (up to 13th July, 2021). The Foundation updates the participation rewards program over time, adjusting to current levels of Algo supply and tuning the program to benefit the Algorand ecosystem. 

    PeriodStarting Round NumberApproximate DatesProjected Rewards (millions of ALGOs)
    2311,000,000Dec 22nd, 2020 - Jan 15th, 202118,950,000
    2411,500,000Jan 16th, 2021 - Feb 10th, 202119,700,000
    2512,000,000Feb 11th, 2021 - Mar 8th, 202120,050,000
    2612,500,000Mar 9th, 2021 - Apr 2nd, 202120,400,000
    2713,000,000Apr 3rd, 2021 - Apr 28th, 202120,750,000
    2813,500,000Apr 29th, 2021 - May 23rd, 202121,150,000
    2914,000,000May 24th, 2021 - Jun 18th, 202121,500,000
    3014,500,000Jun 19th, 2021 - Jul 13th, 202121,850,000

    As an example, in June 2020, on average, 26 Algos were distributed in each block. However, as explained in How frequently are participation rewards distributed?, actual distribution occurred approximately every 9 minutes. 

    Is compounding rewards automatic? 

    The participation rewards are calculated automatically, however the compounding effect is not automatic. This is because the rewards are calculated from the last recorded balance on the blockchain, the easiest way to force rewards compounding is to send a zero Algo payment transaction to the target address on a frequent, recurring basis. This transaction will trigger the commit of all accrued rewards and record them to the on-chain balance of the account. See for more information.

    Can I receive Algo rewards with a cold storage wallet or a hardware wallet like the Ledger Nano S?

    Yes, like any other wallet that is in your custody, you can receive rewards.  If your cold or hardware wallet are with a custodian/exchange, then please refer to the terms and policies of your custodian/exchange.

    Do I still earn participation rewards if I store my Algo in an exchange like Binance or Coinbase?

    It depends. Algos stored in custodial wallets (such as exchanges) still receive rewards as any other Algos. But technically, the custodian is receiving these rewards because it owns the address where the Algos are stored. Please refer to the terms and policies on your custodians’s website.

    Why is the participation reward yield different on Algorand and on Binance for example? Why is Binance distributing rewards at different intervals?

    Binance offers custodial services, thus they can distribute the rewards to their users as per their terms and conditions. They receive staking rewards as of any other Algorand address holding at least 1 Algo. Please refer to the terms and conditions on Binance website.


    Is there an official Algo wallet? 

    Yes, the official Algorand wallet is available to download on Apple & Android devices from

    Are there other wallets which support the Algo? (Atomic wallet, Algorand wallet, MyAlgowallet, etc)? Do you have a list of all the genuine/approved wallets available?

    The official wallet is the Algorand Wallet:

    Algorand does not have an approval policy for wallet support, and each wallet operator makes its own determination to support a cryptocurrency. A partial list of wallets supporting Algo and information related to wallets is available from the the Algo Ecosystem page. The security of these wallets should be checked with the vendor directly. Algorand makes no representations regarding the functioning or security of third party wallets, and disclaims any liability therefor. 

    Where can I find my address in the mobile wallet? 

    As of version 4.1.0 you can find your address by clicking on the button shown below in red.

    200M Staking Program (also known sometimes as Super Staking Rewards Program):

    What is the 200M Staking Program and how do I participate?

    The 200M staking rewards program, colloquially known as the Super Staking Rewards, is a staking program which rewards the community with 200 million Algos, to those who share the vision for the long-term success of the Algorand network and its technology. The 200M staking program was fully subscribed by the August 31st, 2019 deadline.

    How much do you earn in the 200M Staking Program?

    Participants have an opportunity to earn a return of 100% over a 2 year period. The return rate could increase if some users disqualify themselves from the program. The Algos which the disqualified users would have received are returned to the reward pool to be distributed among the remaining eligible users. 

    When is the payout of the 200M Staking Program?

    50 million Algos will be distributed on a stake-weighted basis to remaining qualifying participants at the end of each 6-month period, according to this published distributed schedule:

    PeriodStaking Rewards Program Distribution DatesAmount Of Staking Reward Algos Distributed
    Period 1March 1, 202050,000,000
    Period 2Sept 1, 202050,000,000
    Period 3March 1, 202150,000,000
    Period 4Sept 1, 202150,000,000 provides further information on the program.

    Why didn’t I get my 200M Staking Program rewards?

    There are 3 possible reasons that one does not receive the 200M Staking Program rewards:

    • Participation qualification.  The 200M staking program was fully subscribed by the deadline which occurred on August 31th, 2019. Only accounts on the list of registered accounts are eligible to participate. 
    • Reward eligibility.  Participants are required to maintain minimum balance throughout the reward period (there are four 6-month periods) to be eligible for the staking rewards. See detailed rules here.
    • KYC process.  In addition, participants are required to perform KYC to be able to receive the distribution of their staking rewards.  Rewards will only be distributed (during the distribution windows) after the eligible participants complete the KYC process. However, Participants who have not completed their KYC by Aug 23, 2021 will be considered to be disqualified. See detailed rules here. 

    How do I ensure KYC compliance for the 200M Staking Program? 

    If you are a registered account in the 200M Staking program,, KYC can be completed through

    When you go through the KYC process with Coinlist, they will ask you to input your staking wallet address(es). This way, your KYC verification is linked to your wallet(s). For Coinlist KYC compliance go to

    Will the 200M Staking Program open back up?

    No. It is fully subscribed.

    I would like to rekey my staking wallet to a ledger device for better security. Will my wallet be disqualified from the 200M Staking Program?

    A rekeying operation is an Algorand transaction and incurs a transaction fee. The transaction fee may depend on the used software. It is generally 0.001 Algos. You must ensure that the account balance remains above the minimum qualifying balance even after paying this fee.

    Under this assumption, rekeying an address in the 200M staking program without moving any Algos is safe. However, rekeying is an advanced operation and we strongly advise you to first test the full process with an account that is not subscribed to the 200M program.

    If the EU adds crypto regulations before the end of the 200M Staking Program, could EU users be kicked out of the rest of the program?

    There are no current regulations in the EU which would affect this. We will update the community in this eventuality. 


    Does the Foundation own tokens?

    The Foundation’s stake is 500M Algos (and the participation rewards thereof). This stake participates  in the consensus protocol contributing to the protocol’s integrity.

    What is the current circulating supply and why do different sites list different amounts? 

    At block 10,922,476 (Dec 18th 2020), the circulating supply was 3,711,881,633 Algos. Different sites list different amounts as they view the market supply data through different methodologies. You can see the current circulating supply on AlgoExplorer and PureStake’s GoalSeeker. Messari is another resource which gives a great overview of circulating supply and supply methodology. 

    What is the max supply cap for Algorand?

    Even though the entirety of the supply was minted at the launch of the network, thus giving Algorand a fixed outstanding supply, the liquid supply will increase as pre-minted tokens unlock and are distributed.  

    Our grant programs are dedicated to open-source developers and community members to help incentivize protocol development and innovation.  The Algos from these programs will be distributed via multiple options including hackathons, competitions, events, the Algorand Foundation 250M Algo Grants Program and other means. 

    There will be a maximum of 10 billion Algos in circulation. The Foundation recently proposed a revised, long term Algo Dynamics model. Designed to run for a greater than 10-year period- that is up to 2030 and beyond - this new model will focus on programs around ecosystem support, community incentives, and the decentralization of decision making and governance on the Algorand blockchain - a long-held goal of the Algorand community. For more information on Algo supply and distribution see Long Term Algo Dynamics.

    Is there someplace where I can see a good description of how the initial Algo token distribution occurred, and how much stake the Algorand Foundation has in the network?

    A good description is available on our Foundation Algo Dynamics page.

    Is there a burning process for Algos?

    The Algorand Foundation burnt the tokens from the initial auction that were refunded. For further information see:

    June 19, 2019:

    The link to second token burn event will be added in due course.

    Running Nodes:

    Are there rewards for running a relay node? 

    Currently, there are no additional rewards for running a relay node. The Algorand Foundation issued token grants to early supporters and universities for running relay nodes, to help bootstrap a scalable and reliable initial infrastructure backbone. This program is now closed. Stay tuned for future updates.

    How much rewards are distributed to early supporters running relay nodes?

    The vast majority of early supporters receive rewards according to the schedule in

    Who are running relay nodes?

    Algorand Inc, Algorand Foundation, and early supporters (including Universities) are running relay nodes. 

    How many relay nodes are there? 

    As of June 2020, there are a bit more than 100 relay nodes.

    Who manages the list of relay nodes? What about decentralization?

    Currently, the Algorand Foundation manages the official list of relay nodes, to bootstrap a scalable and reliable initial infrastructure backbone. Having said this we need to draw your attention to the important fact that the security of the protocol holds even if all the relays behave in a malicious way. As long as sufficiently many participation nodes (in terms of stake) are behaving honestly, the blockchain cannot fork. Furthermore, anybody with an Algorand account can run a participation node.

    We are working on a model where the decisions on relay nodes will be done in a more decentralized way.

    Participation Nodes:

    How do I run a participation node?

    If you are interested please refer to the following documentation on how to set up a participating node: and

    How many tokens do I need to run a participation node?

    A participation node can be run for any Algorand account, whatever its balance is.

    Note however that any Algorand account must have a minimum balance of 0.1 Algo.

    Are there rewards for running a participation node? 

    Currently, there are no extra rewards for running a participation node. 

    Ambassador Program:

    What is the Ambassador rewards program?

    The Algorand Ambassador rewards program is the opportunity to become a key leader among the worldwide Algorand blockchain community. You can become part of an amazing group who believe in the potential of the Algorand blockchain and are helping to build local communities, focused on sharing knowledge and insights on the development of the blockchain ecosystem. The Algorand Foundation has created a global program to reward our greatest partners for the work they are doing to create vibrant Algorand communities. Ambassadors are rewarded in Algos for engaging the community, content creation and growing the ecosystem. Full details are available at

    How do I become an Ambassador?

    For information on the Algorand Ambassador rewards program and how to apply to become and Ambassador go to

    Algorand Foundation Ecosystem Funding Mechanisms:

    Does the Algorand Foundation have a grant program to fund projects on the Algorand blockchain? 

    The Algorand Foundation is committed to development and building on Algorand. We have recently launched (April 2020) our multi-year 250M Algo Grants Program where we provide funding across research, development tools and infrastructure, applications & use cases, and education and community. We have numerous grant mechanisms supporting these categories.

    Does the Algorand Foundation have an accelerator program for companies interested in building on Algorand?

    The Algorand Foundation in partnership with Borderless Capital and Longhash ventures launched in June 2020 the Algorand Asia Accelerator program which provides seed funding with opportunities for additional investment for building on Algorand. The program is centered on finance, supply chain, IoT, Web 3.0 and Gaming. The Algorand Europe Accelerator launched in October 2020 and is a collective initiative between Eterna Capital, Borderless Capital, and the Algorand Foundation, supporting blockchain startups and entrepreneurs with an emphasis on Europe to build decentralized applications on Algorand blockchain.


    What is the relationship between Algorand Foundation and Algorand Inc?

    The Algorand Foundation operates independently from Algorand Inc. The Algorand Foundation is a not-for-profit, community organisation focused on protocol governance, token dynamics and supporting grassroots, open-source development on the Algorand ecosystem. Algorand Inc is focused on layer-1 development of the Algorand Protocol and enabling Enterprise adoption of Algorand blockchain technology. The Foundation and Inc. collaborate on exciting projects and initiatives to customize the value that we can bring towards the great Algorand community.

    Do sending and transacting with an Algorand Standard Asset (ASA) have higher fees than regular Algos?

    No, sending and transacting with an ASA costs no more than sending and transacting with Algos. 

    There is some indirect cost as the minimum balance required in the account must be higher if it also holds ASAs.  If the account only holds Algos then the minimum balance is 0.1 Algos.  If there are ASAs then the required minimum is: 0.1 Algos times the number of ASA it holds plus one. For example, an Algorand account holding USDT must have a minimum balance of 0.2 Algos.

    See for further information.

    Which exchanges are trading Algo? 

    Exchanges include Binance, Coinbase, Huobi, OKEx, Bittrex, Kraken and Bitfinex. You can see a list of exchanges on our Algorand Ecosystem page.

    If I bought tokens at auction and want a refund for 90% of my investment, how do I do that?

    The second and final refund redemption window is now closed. For further details on our now closed refund redemption’s check out & 

    What is the Borderless Economy™?

    Algorand and the Algorand Foundation have a vision for the borderless economy. At its most basic level, this is a digital economy where anything of value can be traded between two or more parties without the friction of current financial networks.

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