Create a MetaMask (often referred to as “MM”). MetaMask is a cryptocurrency wallet that can be installed as a free and secure browser extension that allows web applications to read and interact with the Ethereum blockchain. You can create a MetaMask wallet by downloading it from their website and following the instructions upon download.
- Make sure to write down your seed phrase that is provided during the creation process and do NOT share it with anyone. Do not store it digitally by emailing yourself or taking a picture on your phone. This seed phrase is how you are able to access your wallet and the assets it holds.
- We strongly recommend that you install MetaMask on Google Chrome
- Now is also a good time to make sure that the computer you are using does not have any exposure to malware or phishing.
Deposit Ethereum into your MetaMask wallet through a digital currency exchange such as Gemini. Please note that you should verify your Gemini account if you haven’t already, so that you can withdraw Ethereum from Gemini and deposit it into your MetaMask without issue. When withdrawing, you will be prompted for an address, and you will need to provide the address of your MetaMask that is visible when you click on your MetaMask extension in Chrome as pictured to the right.
Finally, we recommend that you backup your MetaMask with a cryptocurrency hardware wallet.