How to install MetaMask in your web browser

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There are many different cryptocurrency wallets out there, but Metamask is incredibly popular. It is simple and versatile. You can use it for NFTs, buy and sell tokens on decentralized exchanges (DEXs), or access a host of DeFi applications (dApps).

MetaMask can be installed as an extension to your web browser or downloaded to smartphones (iPhone and Android) as an app. You will need Google Chrome, Mozilla Firefox, Brave, or Microsoft Edge to use it in a browser. To get started, head over to the MetaMask download page.

For this explanation, Chrome will be used as the browser. If you’re using Firefox, the steps to download and install are very similar. Once installed, MetaMask works the same regardless of browser.

Once on the download page, click “Install MetaMask for Chrome” (or the browser of your choice).

MetaMask installation page with the installation button in a circle.

A new tab should open directing you to the Chrome Web Store. There will be an option in the top right corner to install MetaMask. Click “Add to Chrome”.

MetaMask is added to the Chrome page with the button in a circle.

A new page will open. Click the “Start” button.

Start button in a circle.

Now, you will click on “Create a wallet”. If you already have a wallet, select the “Import wallet” option.

If you have MetaMask downloaded on your phone, you can use “Import Wallet” to integrate the wallet between your computer and phone. You can do the same thing if you want to use Metamask in multiple browsers on different computers.

Create a wallet button in a circle.

The next page will ask if you want to accept the MetaMask user agreement. Either option can be selected to continue.

MetaMask Terms of Agreement with Buttons

You will now create a password for your wallet. Make sure you agree to the Terms of Use. You will need to enter your password every time you use MetaMask through the browser.

Request to create a password

You will now be granted access to your Secret Backup Phrase. Your secret backup phrase is the most important information.

Warning: Don’t lose or forget your Backup Secret Phrase. If you forget your password, your Secret Backup Phrase is the only way to access your wallet. If someone else knows your backup secret phrase, they can access your wallet.

Write your secret backup phrase on a piece of paper. Do not store them on your computer. Make sure you always know where your Secret Backup Phrase is kept.

Click the box that says “Click here to reveal secret words.” Write your Secret Backup Phrase.

Window showing a backup secret phrase

After typing your Backup Secret Phrase, click on the words in the order they appeared and click “Confirm”.

Window to confirm your secret backup phrase

And there you go. You have now created a MetaMask wallet. You can view your account balance, buy and send Ethereum, and view recent activity.

Screen showing congratulations on successfully setting up your wallet.

In the future, if you want to open the MetaMask wallet in your browser, click on the fox in the upper right corner. If you don’t see the fox, click on the puzzle piece to the right and it should be available.

Now that you have a MetaMask wallet, you can interact with all kinds of dApps, buy NFTs, or send and receive Ethereum.

Regardless of the app you’re interacting with, you’ll typically see a prompt to “Connect a wallet” or something similar. There are several ways dApps express this, but by clicking here you will be able to seamlessly transact with just a few clicks.

Warning: Make sure the app or platform you will be connecting your wallet to is trustworthy. If you have any doubts, take some extra time to do some research. The most important thing is that you do not provide your Backup Phrase to any platform, email or person. All your possessions can be stolen if you get them.

Once you click the “Connect a wallet” button, you will be prompted to select the wallet you want to connect. An Uniswap interface is shown below as an example. You can see the “Connect to a wallet” button at the top right. When you click, some options appear. Click on MetaMask and your MetaMask wallet is now connected to the app.

MetaMask option in Uniswap.