How to add a custom network to MetaMask
Many crypto wallets like Metamask offer you the feature of adding a custom RPC. AKA add a custom EVM blockchain. In this blog, we go over how you can add a custom network. And show you how you can add some of them manually or almost automatically. We also take a look at what sort of blockchain you can add to Metamask or any other EVM wallet and how to get started with them. So let’s dive right in.
We have written many blogs before about how you can add specific chains to Metamask so feel free to check out our blog page to find an article for one specific blockchain.
Types of networks you can add to Metamask
Crypto wallets like Metamask were originally built for the main Ethereum blockchain. But also have the features to add test nets or other blockchains that make use of an Ethereum Virtual Machine (EVM). At first, not many blockchains had EVM running on top of it. But in recent years almost all big layers 1 and 2’s adopted this as a standard. Making it so that the multi-chain ecosystems today almost all support an EVM to tap into that diverse Ethereum ecosystem with all its capital.
Especially since Ethereum, NFTs, blockchain gaming, Defi, and many more Dapps started to clog up Ethereum. Many blockchains have taken it upon themselves to improve Ethereum’s scalability and adopt the EVM standard to let Ethereum’s users easily move to their new blockchain solution. This led to many blockchains that can now be manually added to wallets like Metamask Bitpie, MEW, and many more. However, like we said this only goes for EVM chains. So blockchains like Bitcoin do not work with this.
When you want to add a new EVM blockchain to Metamask or any other EVM wallet. You can either google for it and which will most likely send you to one of our articles on it. Where we tell you all about the network and how to add it to Metamask.
But in case you already know everything about the network, you could also add it automatically by using Chainlist.org. On Chainlist you will find a huge list of all the EVM compatible blockchains and testnets. And adding them to your wallet is done in a few seconds.
Just simply connect your Metamask or other EVM web3 wallet to the website. Search the blockchain that you would like to add. And then click add to wallet. The website will now automatically open your wallet and ask you for permission to add the blockchain for you. Once you accept it, the new network will be available for you in the wallet. It’s as simple as that.
How to get funds on Metamask
Once you have added your new EVM to Metamask, you will need some funds on the new blockchain to start using it. This can be done in 2 different ways. Which way is the best for you depends completely on you and the amounts you want to transfer.
The easiest and most obvious way is by buying some of the new blockchain gas tokens on a centralized crypto exchange and withdrawing them to your crypto wallet address. Make sure you do not withdraw them on any other chain or as an ERC-20 token, as that would not work on any other network.
The other more difficult way is by briding your tokens from Ethereum or another blockchain that you already use to the new network. This can only be done by using a blockchain bridge that is specially meant for transferring tokens from one network to another. In our blogs on how to add new networks to Metamask (like this one), we show and tell you a bit more about these specific bridges. Because they are a bit different for each blockchain network.
Using the same blockchain address on multiple blockchains
Because Ethereum and all other EVM compatible chains run an EVM they can all use the same type of addresses. Meaning that when you add a new network to your Metamask wallet. You can still use that same address on another EVM blockchain. This makes it easy to switch between networks with the same wallet. So that you could play games on Polygon and collect NFTs on BSC.
This makes it also so that when you expediently send your AVAX tokens to your Ethereum address. You can still access them when you add the Avalance C-chain to that same wallet. This can prevent many losses of funds which is a blessing for many beginners. And makes it much more efficient to bridge from one chain to another. So you do not need a new address for all of them.
However keep in mind that if you only use one address, you should have a great backup for it, in case you lose your device. And keep in mind that if you use one address your privacy is also compromised a bit as people will have your address not on only one blockchain but on all of them. Switching addresses once in a while might thus not be such a bad idea.
Does Metamask support tokens for other blockchains?
When a blockchain supports an EVM. It does not only mean that they support the same type of addresses, but also the same types of tokens. So the tokens that are ERC-20s on Ethereum can exist as BEP-20 tokens on BNB Smart Chain. This also goes for ERC-721, ERC-1155, and all other token types. This is one reason why bridging from one EVM to another is possible and tokens NFTs can move freely between these chains when you use a bridge.
Metamask is an EVM wallet and thus supports all these token types automatically. With each chain, you add. So yes Metamask supports tokens for other blockchains. But you might have to add tokens manually as Metamask will not list all sorts of tokens in your wallet.
To add a token you will need the token address and use that in the wallet to add it. These token addresses can be found on websites like CoinmarketCap when you search for your token or on the block explorer of the chain you are using.
More detailed tutorials on how to add to Metamask
Now to learn more about all the blockchains that you can add to Metamask, we wrote many articles about how you can add them to the crypto wallet. Besides that, we also teach you more about cryptos and how to use them. Make sure that when you start using a new blockchain with your funds. You have some knowledge of what you are doing as wrong transactions or actions could resolve in a loss of funds. So either try to practice crypto a bit or learn more about these new EVM chains from our blogs.
Check out the list below to learn about the blockchains you like and how to add them to Metamask.
- Kucoin Community Chain
- Gnosis Chain
- OKX chain
- Ethereum Classic
- Energy Web Chain
- Hoo Smart Chain
- BNB Smart Chain
- Metis Andromeda
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