How to add Polygon to MetaMask
In this blog, we show you How to add Polygon to MetaMask wallet. First, we talk a bit about what Polygon is and what it does, etc. If you do not want to read about that and directly want to see How to add Polygon to MetaMask wallet. You can go down this page and start reading at “Getting Polygon on MetaMask”.
What is Polygon
The Polygon network started out under the name Matic Network. This with its own token for transacting on the network called Matic. But after its mainnet launch Matic rebranded to the Polygon network. AKA Ethereum’s internet of blockchains. Polygon works as an Ethereum virtual machine (EVM) compatible network. Essentially Polygon does everything Ethereum does but faster and for a cheaper price. This with the idea to support Ethereum and create a multi-chain Ethereum ecosystem. Besides Polygon’s first (plasma) chain it also looks at developing other sidechain solutions. They currently have these types of chains planned for the future: zK rollups, Optimistic Rollups, and Validum Chains. Because Ethereum’s scaling problem is becoming a real issue, Polygon has gained a big share of the market at a fast pace. With already millions of daily transactions occurring on the Polygon network. Plus a rapid price increase of its Matic token. This speedy growth of course did not come without any Dapps. Because Polygon has attracted many Dapp developers as well.
Dapps on Polygon
It did take a little while for Polygon to start attracting some Dapps. But from the point that Ethereum transactions became expensive, many Dapps started turning their heads towards Polygon. Many developers have made their famous Dapps on Polygon. With Dapps like Polymarket Aavegotchi, Decentral Games, SportX, Easyfi, and Neon District running on the chain. Polygon even has one of the most used decentralized exchanges in the world, Quickswap. This DEX already processes hundreds of millions in trades every day. But not only Defi Dapps take an interest in Polygon. No, many of the Dapps building on Polygon these days focus on gaming. This is because Polygon has cheap transactions which are perfect for gamers. Plus it is possible for applications to sponsor the transaction fee. Making it free to transact with some tokens/coins.
Bridging tokens to Polygon
To transfer your tokens to the Polygon chain you can not just send your tokens from Ethereum directly to Polygon. No, Users do need a bridge to transfer the tokens from an EVM compatible chain to Polygon. The best and easiest bridge for this is the one from Polygon itself. You can find this bridge on their website. Here you can bridge any token type from Ethereum to Polygon or back. Depending on what you want to do with your tokens this can have great advantages. Especially if you want to transact a lot with these tokens. In that case, the Polygon chain can help you out.
Staking on Polygon
To stake on Polygon you need the Matic token. Doing this can give you some nice interest on your Matic tokens. So they don’t waste away in your account. When you stake your Matic tokens you can delegate your stake to a validator on the Polygon network. This way you give your support to that validator and earn some sweet interest at the same time.
Wallets that support Polygon
When Polygon started we tried to find wallets that supported the chain. Sadly enough at the beginning, we could almost find none except for the Matic wallet by the Matic team. But times have changed and with the fast adoption of the Polygon sidechain. The chain’s adoption into wallets came along. As of now, many wallets support the Polygon sidechain and they can all be found on our Polygon sidechain filter of course. Besides wallets, we also see that multiple centralized exchanges start to accept token deposits and withdrawals from the Polygon network. Both these exchanges and wallets you can find on our Polygon page. And in case we missed one, please let us know. Plus down below we of course show you How to add Polygon to MetaMask.
Polygon after ETH 2.0
Something many people wonder about. What happens to Polygon after ETH 2.0 launches? Well, Polygon plans to stay around, even after ETH 2.0. Because ETH 2.0 solves a lot of the scaling problems related to Ethereum 1. It may seem like Polygon turns irrelevant after this. But we think that this will not happen. As ETH 2.0 does scale Ethereum. It does not scale enough for the whole world to use. Because of this Ethereum will most likely always need some sidechain solutions to support the network. Polygon plans to stay and support Ethereum into the future with many different sidechain solutions. Currently for ETH 1 and in the futures for ETH 2.0. So the switch to ETH 2.0 should not make Polygon irrelevant.
Getting Polygon on MetaMask
So how to add Polygon to MetaMask? You have to open the MetaMask wallet (In case you don’t have MetaMask yet, please get it on this page). Once you have MetaMask installed, open it up on the full screen. So you will have the same screen as in our example here.
Now go to the top right of the screen where it says “Ethereum Mainnet” and click on the little arrow pointing down next to it. This opens the network’s tap where you can select all different types of EVM blockchains (Ethereum virtual machine) networks. Now here you can click on the Custom RPC to add a new custom EVM blockchain network of your choice. In this case, the Polygon.
Now Metamask will ask you for the data needed to connect the wallet to Polygon. Please fill in the list below.
|Network Name:||Polygon Network|
|New RPC URL:||https://rpc-mainnet.maticvigil.com/|
|Block Explorer URL:||https://explorer.matic.network/|
When you have done this, you can just click save. And now you have added Polygon to your MetaMask wallet.
If you would like to switch between the EVM blockchains. Simply click on the Network button in the top right of the screen to select another blockchain.
Because adding different types of EVM blockchains works the same, you can add any EVM blockchain in the same way. But instead of the list given in this blog, you replace that with another network’s ChainID, symbol, etc.
We hope this blog post helped you to integrate a new EVM into your MetaMask crypto wallet. So that you can now use Polygon as much as you want.
Find your wallet here
In case you want to see all the other wallets supporting Polygon. You can simply take a look here to filter between all wallets that do!
So we hope this article taught you more about How to add Polygon to MetaMask wallet. But in case you have Questions regarding Crypto or Ethereum? Feel free to ask them on our online Facebook or Telegram groups. Because we are happy to help whenever we can!