MetaMask is a non-custodial crypto wallet that interacts directly with the Ethereum blockchain. With your MetaMask wallet, you are in direct control of your private keys. Private keys are like a password, a string of letters and numbers that allow you to access and manage your crypto funds from your wallet.
Using a browser that has a MetaMask extension, you can interact with crypto applications on the internet. In this way, your MetaMask is like your single-sign on for Web3, allowing you to sign in to an app or website with your wallet.
You can set up your MetaMask wallet on your phone or your laptop, but in this guide I will be guiding you through how to set up MetaMask on your laptop.
Download and install the MetaMask browser extension through their website.
Click on “Create a Wallet.”
Create a username and password for MetaMask.
At this point you will be given your Secret Recovery Phrase, a unique 12-word string that you will need to access your wallet. Do not lose this!
You will be prompted to confirm your secret recovery phrase by placing it in the correct order that it was assigned to you.
Your MetaMask is now set up and should appear in your browser extensions.
First, you need to make sure you have ETH. Visit our tutorial on how to buy Ethereum (ETH) here!
Click on the MetaMask wallet extension in your browser and copy your Ethereum Address.
Note: Your Ethereum Address works in the same way that your bank account does. You can use it to buy and receive ETH or any other token on the Ethereum Blockchain.
Go to your Coinbase wallet page and paste your Ethereum address into the “Recipient” section to send ETH to your MetaMask wallet.
Note: I will be using the mobile version of Metamask for this section of the guide so that you are able to more easily follow along. But don’t worry, the process is the same on your laptop.
**Congratulations you have set up your Metamask wallet and transferred a token! The keys are in your hands.
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