BY LANGSTON THOMAS
OCTOBER 17, 2022
MetaMask is one of the most well-known names in the Web3 space. The crypto wallet, which surpassed 30 million active monthly users earlier this year, is often the first point of contact many people have with the NFT ecosystem, since for many it serves as a gateway, where you can buy and sell digital assets.
Whether you’re transitioning away from an existing software wallet or looking to buy ETH and build an NFT collection for the very first time, this step-by-step guide will walk you through everything you need to know about the MetaMask wallet — including how to set one up.
MetaMask is a free browser extension and mobile app that allows users to interact with the Ethereum blockchain. Just like you use a real-world wallet to store money and buy things, a software wallet lets you buy, sell, and trade digital assets like cryptocurrency and NFTs.
MetaMask is one of the most recognizable and widely used software wallets out there. It has been around since 2016. That year, Consensys, a blockchain software development company, launched it to help ease the Web3 onboarding process and increase accessibility for those who are interested in using decentralized apps (also called dapps).