MetaMask isn’t just a crypto wallet. It is a tool which provides you the chance to manage multiple crypto wallets. On the other hand, you can also use MetaMask to interact with different dapps.
To make sure you fully know how to operate MetaMask, I’ll be sharing details on how to change your MetaMask network and how to add a new network to MetaMask. Read on… 🔮
Once you start using it, you will be able to unlock different wallets. You can use these across multiple dapps that are available within the dapp ecosystem. However, you will need to connect a Web3 wallet for it, which you can easily do with MetaMask.
What exactly is a custom MetaMask network?
Before changing or adding new networks, you need to figure out what exactly a custom network on MetaMask is. Custom MetaMask networks are non-Ethereum networks but these networks are EVM (Ethereum Virtual Machine) compatible.
In other words, these networks are not based on Ethereum, but they are Ethereum. You may think about calling a MetaMask network as a relative or a sibling of Ethereum. That’s because they share numerous similar features with each other.
When you take a look at the different MetaMask networks, you will notice that they execute smart contracts in the same way. However, there are differences in the way they place data in the blocks of blockchain.
Since all these networks are based on Ethereum, you will be able to maintain the same address across different networks. This means you can have a single seed phrase, or a recovery phase, which you can use to access different networks and accounts.
🦊 How to change your MetaMask network
Let’s first take a look at how to change your MetaMask network. Follow these steps and you can get the job done with ease.
1. Open your MetaMask wallet
The very first thing you should do is to open your MetaMask wallet. If you don’t have MetaMask installed and configured, you can follow our quick tutorial on Metaschool.so.
Once all is set up and done, open up your web browser and select your MetaMask wallet.
2. Change the MetaMask network
When you open your MetaMask wallet, you will be able to see your current network at the top of the display. You can click on the down arrow next to where your current network is mentioned.
After dropping down, you will see a list of different available networks.
3. Select a network and change
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All you have to do is to select a network out of the options that you can see in here and proceed with changing the network. The MetaMask network change will happen immediately. ✅
🦊 How to add a new MetaMask network
In case you want to add a new MetaMask network, even that is possible. Follow these easy steps and you’ll have it done in no time!
1. Open the MetaMask wallet
To add a MetaMask network, you should open your MetaMask wallet. In order to do that, you should go to your web browser and open your wallet.
2. Go to Settings and select Network
Next, click on your profile picture, which you can see on the top right hand corner. Doing so will allow you to navigate to Settings in the pop-up menu. When you’ve clicked, select the option saying Networks.
3. Click on Add Network
Once you select Networks, you’ll see all the networks that you have added. On the bottom of that menu, you can see a new button named “Add Network”. You may click on it and proceed with adding a new network.
When you try to add a new MetaMask network, you will need to enter some information. That includes:
Network Name – You can select any name for the network. However, I encourage you to add a meaningful name, so that you can easily figure it out.
New RPC Rule – This would be a URL, which will act as the entry point into the Blockchain.
Chain ID – This is a unique ID number, which is provided by the Blockchain network that you interact with.
Currency Symbol – This is an optional parameter. You can pick an appropriate symbol from the ticker.
Block Explorer URL – This is also an optional parameter. It is a URL that you can use to access Block Explorer. If you wish to get detailed information with related to transactions, you may think about using this feature.
4. Click on Save
Once you are done with adding the network, you may click on the Save button. Doing that will let you see your newly added MetaMask network under the network selection.
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What are the different networks that you can add to MetaMask?
I’m also sharing a list of different networks that you can add to your MetaMask wallet. You may go through these details and add any network based on your preferences.
- RPC URL: https://api.harmony.one
- Chain ID: 1666600000
- Symbol: ONE
- Block explorer: https://explorer.harmony.one
- RPC URL: https://api.avax.network/ext/bc/C/rpc
- Chain ID: 43114
- Symbol: AVAX
- Block explorer: https://cchain.explorer.avax.network
Binance Smart Chain
- RPC URL: https://bsc-dataseed.binance.org/
- Chain ID: 56
- Symbol: BNB
- Block explorer: https://bscscan.com
- RPC URL: https://rpc-mainnet.matic.quiknode.pro
- Chain ID: 137
- Symbol: MATIC
- Block explorer: https://polygonscan.com
Now you’ve been made aware of the most common MetaMask networks and how you can add any of them to your MetaMask wallet. You can proceed with adding any compatible network based on your preferences.
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