MetaMask is a plugin-based (no need to download) lightweight crypto wallet, primarily designed for Chrome and Firefox browsers. Its distinctive logo, featuring a small fox head, makes it easily recognizable. MetaMask does not store users' wallet data; all private keys are held and protected by the users themselves, ensuring high security. With its excellent compatibility with Ethereum smart contracts and Dapps, MetaMask is highly popular among the developer community and experienced users. Today, we will walk you through the step-by-step installation process for the Chrome browser and MetaMask, as well as provide an overview of its basic usage.
Installation of Chrome Browser
Before installing the MetaMask, you need to install the Chrome browser first (if it is already installed, proceed to the next step . If you are a mobile Android phone user, you can directly view Option 3).
Go to the official website at https://www.google.cn/chrome/ and click on "Download Chrome." The system will identify your operating system and provide the corresponding installation package. For Mac systems, choose the appropriate model when prompted. The installation process is the same as for standard software.
Installation of MetaMask
• (Option One)
1.Visit MetaMask's official website at https://metamask.io/. As shown in the image, click on "Download now."
2.Click on "Install MetaMask for Chrome."
3.Click on "Add to Chrome," and then click on "Add Extension" in the confirmation screen to install the fox wallet in your Chrome browser.
• (Option Two)
1.Obtain the latest installation file.
2.Enter "chrome://extensions/" in your Chrome browser, click on "Load Unpacked Extension," and then select the downloaded zip file from Baidu Netdisk to automatically complete the installation.
3.After the installation is complete, the fox icon will appear in the upper right corner of the browser's plugin
• (Option 3 - Android users)
1, The APK download link: https://app-pull.imall.art/oss/file/metamask/app-prod-release.apk
Creating a Wallet
1.First, click on "Get Started."
2.If you have used MetaMask before, click on "Import Wallet" on the left to import your wallet with your mnemonic phrase. For first-time users, please click on "Create Wallet" on the right.
3.After clicking "I Agree," set a strong password (not a mnemonic phrase, but equally important and should be carefully stored by yourself). Click "Create" when you have finished setting the password.
4.The next step is crucial. Click on "Click here to display the secret phrase" to generate the mnemonic phrase. The system will randomly generate 12 English words. The mnemonic phrase is the most important key to help you back up and restore your wallet, so please keep it safe. It is recommended to write down the twelve words on paper and store them in a secure place (a more secure method is to record them on multiple pieces of paper and store them in 2-3 separate locations). It is not recommended to take photos, screenshots, store them online, or casually disclose them to others. Otherwise, you may lose full control of your wallet. And if lost, no one will be able to help you recover your wallet balance, including MetaMask's official team!
5.After confirming that the mnemonic phrase backup is correct, click "Next." Enter the backed-up mnemonic phrase in order, and click "Confirm" when finished.
6.Next, you need to read the precautions and click confirm. You will be taken to the following screen, indicating that the new wallet has been successfully created. Congratulations!
Basic Wallet Usage
1.After completing the wallet creation, please do not delete the MetaMask extension. When you need to use it, click on the fox icon in the top right corner of the browser to activate the wallet.
2.Click on "Account1" to copy your wallet address. This address is similar to your bank account number and is very important.
3.If you need to transfer tokens to another wallet, click on "Send" first. Then, in the window as shown below, enter the recipient's wallet address, input the amount of tokens to be transferred, and click "Next." After clicking "Confirm," wait for the network to complete the transfer.
For more detailed MetaMask tutorials, please refer to: https://metamask.io/faqs/