Setting up a Metamask Wallet
Step-by-step visual guide on creating and setting up a Metamask crypto wallet.

1. Head over to metamask.io and download the Metamask wallet extension for your internet browser.

Tip: Once you've downloaded the extension "pin" the Metamask extension for easier access to your wallet.

2. Click on "get started" and select the option to "create a wallet".

3. Create a password, review Terms of Use, and select "create".

4. Go through the Seed Phrase verification process.

A secret recovery phrase is a unique 12-word phrase that is generated when you first set up MetaMask. Your funds are connected to that phrase. If you ever lose your password, your Secret Recovery Phrase allows you to recover your wallet and your funds.
Note: It is extremely important that you keep this 12-word phrase off your devices in case they're lost, stolen, hacked, or damaged. If you lose access to your Metamask wallet on all your devices you can import it on a new device using this seed phrase. Certain users write their seed phrase on a piece of paper and store it in a safe or lockbox.
You will be asked to re-enter your seed phrase on the following page for verification purposes and once you complete that your wallet will be set up and ready for use.
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5. Adding funds to your Metamask wallet.

Since each Ethereum transaction requires computational resources to execute, each transaction requires a fee. Gas refers to the fee required to conduct a transaction on Ethereum successfully. The fee is paid with ETH and price of the fee depends on network usage at the time.
You can monitor network congestion on the following sites.
Metamask offers 2 ways to add funds to your wallet.
  • Deposit from a central exchange like Coinbase or Gemini.
  • Buy directly through Metamask with your debit card through Wyre or Transak.
Hint: Click on your account name to copy your wallet address. In my case, you can see that the account name is "Account 1" and the "copy to clipboard" feature pops up as soon as you hover over with your mouse.
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