How to Install MetaMask

Creating a wallet

Before using the Polygon network, you will need to create a wallet address. There are different wallet types, software (Metamask, TrustWallet...), and hardware (Trezor or Ledger). In this guide, we'll use Metamask to explain how to access the Polygon network.

Metamask is a crypto wallet implemented as a browser extension. Created with the Ethereum blockchain in mind, it is flexible and customizable to access several blockchains.

It can be installed on PC, and mobile (IOs and Android)

Downloading Metamask

The first step you need to do to use the Polygon network is to install the Metamask extension on your browser by downloading it from the Metamask Website.

Once downloaded and installed, you should see it in your browser extensions area.

When you open it for the first time, Metamask will ask if you have a Metamask account. if yes, you need to write the ** seed phrase (**we'll get to the importance of the seed phrase later) _**_of the account you want to import.

If you don't have an account, you'll have to create a new one.

These are the steps that you need to follow:

  1. First you need to choose a password for your Metamask account. The dullest pencil is sharper than the sharpest mind, so please write down your password on a piece of paper. Never keep your password in digital format.

  2. Then you should watch the video on how to protect your wallet and the importance of the seed phrase.

  3. You will see your source phrase. Your seed phrase is the most important thing when creating a new wallet because it allows you to access and restore your account (and therefore access your tokens) even on a different device!

  4. If you lose your seed phrase and your computer breaks, you will no longer be able to access your Metamask account!!

  5. So please be careful with your seed phrase, save it in a safe place (*) and don't share it with anyone. (*) could be also a sheet of paper

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