How To Setup Metamask Wallet
Identified by its fox logo that follows your cursor across the screen, MetaMask is a household name in the crypto community. Many crypto and NFT fans have been using the wallet since its inception in 2017.
MetaMask is a software cryptocurrency wallet that interacts with the Ethereum blockchain. With it, users can access their Ethereum wallet using a browser extension or mobile app, which can be used to interact with decentralized applications. It has multiple use cases, like storing cryptocurrencies such as ETH, ERC-20 tokens like Enjin and even NFTs like Axies. MetaMask can even be used to swap tokens inside the application itself.
Below are the steps you can use to set up your own MetaMask wallet.
Downloading the app for Chrome:
In order to create a wallet, you need to first install the extension. Most browsers support MetaMask (MM), including Chrome, Brave and Firefox.
I will be demonstrating how to set up your wallet via Chrome. These steps should be replicable across all other browsers.
Unfortunately in this industry, scammy apps will pretend to be legitimate. I recommend going straight to the MetaMask website to avoid any potential fake versions.
Once here, you can continue through to the Chrome webstore. The MetaMask website will redirect you to where you need to go. Once you’ve arrived at the webstore, click the blue “Add to Chrome” button.
Then you’ll click “add extension”.
Creating your account:
Now that you’ve got the extension added to your browser, it’s time to head to MetaMask and create an account.
Click on the extension icon in your Chrome browser; the extension icon is located in the top right hand corner on Chrome and should be in a similar location on other browsers.
Once MetaMask is open, you may be prompted to either “Create a Wallet” or “Import wallet.” If you are first setting up your MetaMask account, select the former. If you have a wallet already, you can select “Import wallet” and then you will be asked to input your 12 word seed phrase to link your account; we’ll tackle the seed phrase below.
When MetaMask reveals your secret words, DO NOT FORGET to write them down.
This section is bolded so that you don’t accidentally skim and lose access to your wallet forever.
Click the “Reveal Secret Words” button.
You will see a 12 words seed phrase.
DO NOT store these online, as that can always be a potential security risk. Instead, write these down in a notebook or something you will not misplace. Store it somewhere safe.
Now you’ll need to verify your secret phrase. Again, if you lose it, no one can help you recover the secret phrase, so it’s very important that you have it well-documented. Verify the phrase by selecting the previously generated phrase in order.
How to set up MetaMask on mobile:
The process of setting up your wallet on mobile is almost entirely the same as the desktop method. Instead of needing to download an extension for your browser, you simply need to go to either the App Store or the Google Play store and download MetaMask.
Again, the most important part of the process is documenting your seed phrase so that you can get into your account from other devices.
Identifying your wallet address:
Now your MetaMask wallet is set up. What’s next?
You can use your wallet to house your NFTs and other tokens, but the unique (and public) wallet address associated with your account also allows other users to send you different kinds of tokens directly to your wallet.
Your address is easy to identify; both the mobile and desktop version have a button right next to the code that you can use to copy it to your clipboard.
If you have ETH on another platform like Coinbase (click here for more info on crypto wallets), you can also use your address to send your tokens to your MetaMask wallet. To do so, simply go to your Coinbase app, select the Portfolio section, find Ethereum and select “ETH Wallet” and then use the send icon in the top right to input your MetaMask address.
Congratulations! Your MetaMask wallet is set up and you’re ready to get in the game.