How To Add A MetaMask Wallet On IPhone Or Android TechRadar

The MetaMask logo displayed on a smartphone.
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MetaMask is a popular cryptocurrency wallet that you can download to your phone for free. Once installed, you can connect MetaMask to all sorts of DeFi Apps (dApps) to easily send and receive cryptocurrency.

The MetaMask mobile wallet is most useful with Ethereum blockchain-based tokens and applications. It can be used with NFT marketplaces like OpenSea or Foundation. You can also buy and sell tokens with DEX to like Uniswap. Many others dApps are also compatible with MetaMask.

How to Install MetaMask on iPhone or Android

You can download the MetaMask app from android or iPhone. We will use an iPhone as an example here. If you are using an Android phone, the download and installation steps are very similar. Once installed, MetaMask works the same no matter what phone you have.

To get started, go to the iPhone App Store or Google Play Store, search for MetaMask and install it.

MetaMask download page on the App Store.

Once downloaded, go ahead and open the MetaMask app from your home screen. With the app open, tap “Get Started.”

Start button circled.

After pressing “Get Started”, you press “Create Wallet”. If you already have a wallet, select the “Import Wallet” option.

If you have MetaMask installed on your browser, you can select this option to integrate your existing wallet into your smartphone app.

Create a new highlighted wallet button to begin the setup.

The next page will ask you if you want to accept the MetaMask User Agreement. Either option can be selected to continue.

MetaMask User Agreement with "I am okay" and "No thanks" options.

Now you will create a password for your wallet. Make sure you agree to the Terms of Service. If you use FaceID, you can also enable this option. It is enabled as the default setting.

Create a password page.

Before continuing, watch the video to learn more about the importance of your recovery passphrase.

Video showing the importance of the recovery passphrase with the Start button highlighted.

You will now have access to your recovery passphrase. Your recovery passphrase is the most important piece of information.

Warning: Don’t lose or forget your recovery passphrase. If you forget your password, your recovery passphrase is the only way to access your wallet. If someone else knows your recovery passphrase, they can access your wallet.

Write down your recovery passphrase on a piece of paper. Do not store them on your computer. Make sure you always know where your recovery passphrase is saved.

Click the box that says “Show.” Write down your recovery passphrase.

Page that displays the recovery passphrase. Highlighted View button and Highlighted Continue button.

After writing your recovery passphrase, tap the words in the order they appeared and tap “Continue”

Recovery phrase confirmation page.

And There you go. You have now created a MetaMask wallet. You can view your account balance, buy and send Ethereum, and view recent activity.

Congratulations page for successful wallet setup.

Now that you have a MetaMask wallet, you can interact with all kinds of dApps, buy NFTs or send and receive Ethereum.

Use MetaMask on your phone

There are different ways to connect your MetaMask wallet depending on whether you are using a computer or your phone to interact with a platform like Uniswap, OpenSea or Foundation.

It doesn’t matter if on a computer or a phone, you’ll usually see a button for “Connect Wallet” or something similar on the platform you’re using.

If you’re on a computer, once you click on it, you’ll be prompted to select the wallet you want to connect. Select the Metamask option. A QR code should appear. Sometimes the “Connect Wallet” button only displays a QR code and does not allow users to select MetaMask. Its good. A sample QR code from Foundation is shown below.

Sample QR code.

MetaMask has an in-app QR code scanner. Tap the square button in the top right and continue scanning the QR code on your computer screen.

Warning: Be careful when connecting your wallet to suspicious platforms or apps. If in doubt, do your research and make sure it’s legit. Most importantly, never give anyone or any application your recovery passphrase.

Wallet homepage with QR code reader button highlighted in top right corner.

If you use your phone to access a platform like OpenSea, connecting your wallet is even easier. By tapping on the “Connect Wallet” option in OpenSea, or any other platform you use, you will be prompted to open your MetaMask wallet. Once opened, a notification will appear to confirm the connection. No QR code is needed. By confirming the notification, your MetaMask wallet will connect to the platform you were on before. Return to the platform and the wallet should be connected.

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