How to Use The MetaMask Chrome Extension: A Step-by-Step Guide5 min read

MetaMask is one of the most popular, if not the most popular browser extensions that serve as a way to store your Ethereum and other ERC-20 tokens. The extension is free and secure and allows web applications to read and interact with the Ethereum blockchain.

How to Set Up Chrome Extension

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Step 1: Install MetaMask in the browser.

To be able to create a new wallet, you must first install the MetaMask Chrome Extension. Depending on the browser, there are different markets to find it. Most browsers have MetaMask in their stores, so it’s not that hard to see, but ChromeFirefox, and Opera are still there.

I’ll use Google Chrome as an example in this tutorial, but the same steps apply to different browsers. If the links above don’t work for you, search for the MetaMask extension in your browser search engine, and you can find it there.

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  • Click on Install MetaMask as a Google Chrome extension (if you are using Chrome).
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  • Select Add to Chrome.
  • Click Add Extension.

And it’s so easy to install the extension in your browser. 

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Step 2. Create an account.

  • Click the extension icon in the upper right corner to open MetaMask.
  • To install the latest version and stay up to date, click Try Now.
  • Click Continue.
  • You will be asked to create a new password. Click Create.
Metamask Chrome extension Password
  • Continue to click Next and accept the terms of use.
  • Click Reveal Secret Words. You will see a sentence of 12 words there. This is very important, and it’s usually not a good idea to digitally archive it, so take your time and write it down.
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  • Verify your password by selecting the previously generated password in order. Click Confirm.

There you go, now that you have successfully created your MetaMask account. A new address for your Ethereum wallet has just been created for you. The next step will be to deposit funds into your account, and if you want to learn how to do it, take a look at the next step below.

Step 3. Deposit funds.

  • Click View Account.
View Account
  • You can now display your public address and share it with others. MetaMask offers several ways to buy coins, but you can do it differently; you just need your address.

The MetaMask extension will always be available in your browser toolbar, ready to continue your journey into the world of Crypto. It’s easy to get to and easy to use, as you’ve seen in these steps. Sending coins is also very intuitive; there’s a big send button, and the rest is easy to understand. But if something bad happens and you need to reset your account, you have that option. First, you need to back up your account.

How to backup and restore your wallet using the seed phrase?

Suppose you change browsers or computers and want to reconnect your wallet; here’s how. First, you need to find your seed phrase, which you should have memorized from the beginning or written it somewhere.

  • Click on the account icon.
  • Click Settings.
  • Find and click Reveal Keywords.
  • Enter the password.

Now save the passphrase somewhere, preferably not digitally. The backup is now complete; all you have to do is learn the restore process.

  • Open Metamask and click on Import using the account opening phrase.
  • Enter the seed phrase.
  • Create a new strong password.
  • Click Restore.

Now that you have successfully restored your account by following these simple steps, you are perfectly prepared to approach the world of cryptocurrencies when it comes to portfolio management.

Final Thoughts

Metamask is your gateway to the decentralized web, and it’s important to understand how to prepare carefully. I hope this article has helped some of you find the answers you need, and if you have any questions about the process, feel free to leave a comment below. I will respond to all of you.

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