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How to Use MetaMask For Binance Smart Chain (BSC)

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MetaMask is one of the most popular browser-based crypto wallet. It takes seconds to setup a new wallet, as there is no KYC process.

Not only can you store and transfer cryptocurrencies from MetaMask, you can also interact with various dApps (decentralized applications) and smart contracts.

While MetaMask was initially built for the Ethereum blockchain and ERC-20 compatible tokens, you can also use MetaMask for other blockchains like Binance Smart Chain (BSC) and Polygon now.

It’s not super intuitive how to do so, so in this article we’ll show you how to properly connect your MetaMask wallet to BSC. Afterwards, you’ll be able to interact with a whole slew of new dApps and DeFi platforms, including some of my favorite like PancakeSwap and Autofarm.

How to Use Metamask For Binance Smart Chain (BSC)

1. Install MetaMask to your browser

If you don’t already have a MetaMask wallet, download the extension from the MetaMask website. MetaMask supports Chrome, Firefox, Brave, Edge on desktop, and iOS and Android for mobile.

If you have an existing MetaMask wallet, click on “Import Wallet” and enter in your 12-word Secret Recovery Phrase to connect to it.

If you don’t have an existing wallet or want to create a new one, click “Create a Wallet.” You’ll receive a unique 12-word recovery phrase that you’ll need to verify back to them – make sure you write this down somewhere and keep it safe.

Keeping these on your computer or in the cloud can be risky, so I always recommend storing it in a physical location.

2. Add the Binance Smart Chain Network in MetaMask Settings

Once you have MetaMask setup, click the icon in your browser to open up the extension.

You’ll see your wallet set to the default main Ethereum network. To switch to Binance Smart Chain, press the colored icon and then click “Settings.”

On the Settings page, scroll down and then click “Networks.”

From there, click the blue “Add Networks” button to add BSC.

You’ll then want to enter in the following info into the fields:

Network Name: BSC Mainnet

New RPC URL: https://bsc-dataseed1.binance.org/

Chain ID: 56

Currency Symbol (optional): BNB

Block Explorer URL (optional): https://bscscan.com/

You’ll note in the picture above the red text is because I already have BSC added to my MetaMask. This shouldn’t be an issue if you’re adding it for the first time.

Click “Save” and you’re done! You’ve now added Binance Smart Chain (BSC) mainnet to your MetaMask wallet.

Keep in mind in order to send coins and interact with BSC dApps, you’ll need some BNB. Just like how you need some ETH to pay gas fees on the Ethereum blockchain, you need to do the same on BSC using BNB as gas.

However, the good thing is gas fees are much cheaper on BSC than ETH (usually just pennies) so you don’t need much BNB at all to get started.

If you’re looking for suggestions on which BSC projects to check out, I definitely recommend trying out PancakeSwap and Autofarm for yield farming and staking.

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