DApps browsers, also called web3 browsers, allow connecting to decentralized applications located on a blockchain. They are often essential for cryptocurrency transactions because mainstream browsers do not support decentralized applications.
Although several types of DApps browsers are available, those who use Trust Wallet will find that the app has its browser. This article explains how to activate this browser on your mobile device.
How to Enable Trustwallet Browser on iPhone
In the month of June 2020, Trust Wallet reported that it had removed the DApp Browser functionality from its app. It did this to comply with new App Store guidelines. Although there were workarounds, a later update from Apple caused them to stop working.
Luckily, you can still add a form of DApp browser to Trust Wallet using WalletConnect.
Being an open-source protocol, WalletConnect is compatible with a wide range of decentralized applications and wallets. It lets you scan a QR code to connect a DApp to a mobile wallet. You can use your iPhone to securely interact with DApp without relying on a built-in DApp browser, which Trust Wallet can no longer have.
Using WalletConnect with PancakeSwap is as close as it gets to simulating a DApp browser in Trust Wallet on your iPhone. Follow these steps:
- Step 1: Open your Safari browser and navigate to the PancakeSwap website.
- Next: Click on the “Connect” button in the upper right corner of the screen.
- Next: Choose the “WalletConnect” option from the list provided.
- Next Step: Make sure you are still on the “Mobile” tab and choose “Trust” from the list of wallets provided.
- Step 5: Your Trust Wallet app will notify you that “PancakeSwap wants to connect to your wallet.” Accept by pressing the “Connect” button.
- Lastly: You will see that your wallet is now connected via the top right corner of the PancakeSwap screen. Complete the transaction, making sure to keep WalletConnect open to maintain a secure connection.
Also, you can use UniSwap to achieve the same result by following these steps:
- Step 1: Open your Safari browser and navigate to the UniSwap website.
- Step 2: Touch the “Connect Wallet” option in the center of the screen.
- Step 3: Select “WalletConnect” from the list of options in the resulting pop-up window.
- Step 4: Another pop-up window appears with links to various applications. Select “Trust.”
- Step 5: Tap “Open” when prompted.
- Step 6: Trust Wallet starts automatically and asks you to confirm that you want to log in. Press the “Connect” button.
- Step 7: Return to the browser and open the transaction with WallerConnect open.
What happens to your assets in Trust Wallet DApps?
If you’ve ever used Trust Wallet’s DApp Browser to manage or interact with your assets, you don’t need to worry. Trust wallet is a secure way to access these assets, not a way to store them. All of your cryptocurrencies are still on the blockchain, which means you can continue to manage them. Due to Apple’s guidelines, you simply cannot use the old Trust Wallet DApp browser.
Why did Apple crackdown on DApps?
Apple has not released any official statement explaining why it limits or completely eliminates support for DApps and the DApps Browser. However, they can because DApps can disrupt the control of tech companies like Apple over app development regulations.
How to Enable Trustwallet Browser on Android Device
Fortunately, activating the Trust Wallet DApp browser on Android is much easier. Follow these steps:
- Step 1: Open the Trust Wallet app and select the “Settings” option.
- Step 2: Tap “Preferences,” then tap “DApp Browser” to open a new tab.
- Step 3: Tap the “Enable” switch to enable the DApp Browser.
- Step 4: Return to the Dashboard to start using the DApp Browser. You can find it in the bottom bar of the Trust Wallet homepage.
Why you should use DApps browser for cryptocurrency transactions
Once Apple disables DApps, you may be wondering if it’s worth moving your cryptocurrency transactions to centralized servers. However, this can be disadvantageous because DApp browsers offer a number of advantages that regular browsers do not. These include the following:
- Applications and browsers running on a centralized network tend to delay transactions. These delays are usually eliminated with DApps, which execute transactions instantly.
- In general, you don’t need to pay transaction fees or gas fees when using DApps.
- As a decentralized platform, DApps is more secure. Without a physical target device, malicious entities have fewer attack options.
- DApp usage is private, meaning there is no need to share data with a more regulated platform or browser to complete a transaction.
However, DApps are not perfect. There are several disadvantages to consider before using them:
- Platform changes and updates may be slower with DApps. Any proposed change must reach the consensus of the majority of DApps in the Provisional Government before it is implemented.
- DApps need a large user base before they can work with all their features.
- You have to use a DApp browser to use multiple DApps.
Enable Trust Wallet Browser
Although Apple has made it increasingly difficult to use Trust Wallet on your iPhone, you can do so with UniSwap or PancakeSwap. Luckily, it’s much easier for Android users to open the DApp Browser in the Trust Wallet.
We would love to hear from you. If you have questions about using a Trust Wallet browser, please let us know in the comments section below. If you are a regular user of DApps, please let us know what you think of Apple’s approach to DApps and if you think it might change in the future.
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