Why do I need a crypto wallet to buy or sell NFTs?
In order to buy or sell NFTs, you need a crypto wallet. NFTs are stored on the blockchain, and crypto wallets are the only way that you can access funds or assets stored on the blockchain. Your wallet will provide you with a secure way to access your NFTs, and they signify ownership over tokens that you mint or collect.
MetaMask is a crypto wallet available as a browser extension and a mobile app that provides a simple way to connect with blockchain-based applications. This guide will walk you through the steps to set up MetaMask so you can begin minting or collecting NFTs on Mintable.app.
You can set up MetaMask in 3 easy steps:
- Install the MetaMask browser extension
- Create a new wallet
- Connect your wallet to your Mintable account
Step 1 : Install MetaMask
To get MetaMask on your browser, go to https://MetaMask.io/download.html
The MetaMask website automatically detects what browser type you are using and will display the correct version. At the moment, MetaMask only supports Chrome, Firefox, Brave, and Edge.
Click the blue Install button, which will open up your browser’s extension store in a new tab. Chrome, Firefox and Edge use the chrome web store for extensions. Firefox uses its own store, but the process is the same as with Chrome.
Click the “Add to Chrome” button in blue, and you will see the following popup:
Click on the “Add extension” button, and it will begin installation. When MetaMask has been successfully added to your browser, a new tab will open that looks like this:
Congratulations! You’ve added the extension to your browser, and now you can set up your MetaMask wallet. Click on “Get Started” to begin.
Step 2: Create A New Wallet
Click on “Create a Wallet”, and on the next page, choose whether you want to share usage data. This is not your personal data – it is information on how you use the extension that will help the creators improve MetaMask in the future. You can agree or not, it’s completely up to you.
The next page contains a video explaining what a secret recovery phrase is. Your secret recovery phrase is very important, so watch the video! Then click on “Next”.
You will then be given your secret backup phrase as shown below:
Your secret backup phrase is the ONLY way you can recover your MetaMask wallet should you ever lose access to it or forget your password. I suggest storing your phrase in multiple locations, in case you lose access to one of them. Also, keep them secure – anyone who has access to your phrase will be able to steal Ether from your wallet.
Once you have copied your secret backup phrase to another location, go to the next page, where MetaMask will ask you to arrange the words from your phrase in the correct order.
You don’t need to drag and drop, just click each word from the bottom box in the right order.
After you have finished this fun game reminiscent of your pre-school days, you will see this:
Congratulations! You now have a MetaMask wallet! Clicking on the blue “All Done” button will bring you to your wallet, where you can buy, send, or swap tokens.
Step 3: Connect MetaMask to Your Mintable Account
Whether you’re a creator or collector, connecting your MetaMask wallet is required to use the Mintable marketplace. While you can buy NFTs with a credit card on Mintable, you will still need to connect a wallet so that you have somewhere to store your NFTs.
To connect your wallet, sign in to your account on Mintable.app. In the top navigation bar, click on the blue button that says “Connect a Wallet”. When the site gives you a prompt, click on “Connect a Wallet” again, and MetaMask will give you the following pop-up:
Select your wallet and click next, confirm that you’re connecting to the correct wallet, then click on the blue connect button. Once your wallet has been connected, the pop-up will disappear.
Congratulations! Your MetaMask wallet is now connected to your Mintable account.
If you are having issues connecting your MetaMask wallet to Mintable, check if you have granted the following permissions in MetaMask by right-clicking on the MetaMask extension.