How to: MetaMask

Installing and setting up MetaMask wallet
MetaMask can be downloaded on Chrome and Firefox, or on iOS and Android if you’re a mobile user. For the purposes of this tutorial, we’ll use the Firefox version, but the instructions will be more or less the same for every platform.
Firstly, you’ll want to head over to the MetaMask Download page. From there, select whichever platform you’re using, and follow the steps to install it on your device. Easy!
Next, follow along with the setup specified by the app. Go ahead and click Create a Wallet. Write down the backup seed phrase somewhere secret (preferably not on an Internet-connected device). Without this phrase, your funds can’t be recovered if your device is damaged or lost. Confirm that you’ve written them down on the next page.
And that’s it! You should now see your wallet, ready to send and receive funds.
Fresh MetaMask wallet

Configuring the wallet for BNB Smart Chain

You might notice straight away that we’re still dealing with an Ethereum wallet. At best, this won’t work with BNB Smart Chain (BSC) DApps. At worst, you could lose funds by sending them to addresses you can’t actually use.
Let’s change that. We want to access the Settings to point the wallet towards BNB Smart Chain nodes.
Select Settings from the dropdown menu
On the Settings page, we want to locate the Networks menu. Note that MetaMask may update the default Network list to include BNB Smart Chain which would save you from the next step of entering the Network parameters. Be sure to double check your Network parameters either way.
Networks menu
We want to click Add Network in the top-right corner to manually add the BNB Smart Chain – as it doesn’t come packaged with MetaMask by default. Below are the parameters to add the network.
Network Name: Smart Chain
ChainID: 56
Symbol: BNB
Block Explorer URL:
Once you Save the Network and return to the main view, you’ll notice two things: the network has automatically been set to the one you just entered, and the units are no longer denominated in ETH, but in BNB.
We’ve connected to the testnet in this image, but you'll be connecting to the mainnet.

Making transactions

Don’t let the Ethereum logo fool you – we’ve tuned into the BNB Smart Chain. Proceed with transactions as you would with the Ethereum Network. Always be careful about what web 3.0 websites you approve of and connect your wallet to. Beware of phishing or scam sites that may try and trick you into signing a nefarious transaction. We recommend using Rango Exchange to safely bridge your Ethereum or ERC-20 assets to the BNB Smart Chain and back. CLICK HERE FOR RANGO

Closing thoughts

MetaMask has long been the go-to passport for accessing the sprawling Ethereum landscape. But, with minimal effort, anyone can configure it to point towards BNB Smart Chain. This allows them to enjoy years of development that has been put into making MetaMask. It is an indispensable tool for anyone interacting with decentralized applications.

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