How to Add NFT to Metamask: The Complete Step-by-Step Guide for Beginners

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Hey there crypto enthusiast! Have you heard about all the hype around NFTs and want to get in on the action? If so, you’re in the right place.

Adding NFTs to your Metamask wallet is easier than you think. In this detailed guide, I’ll walk you through everything you need to know, from what exactly NFTs are to step-by-step instructions for purchasing, transferring, and viewing your first NFTs in Metamask.

By the end of this, you’ll be set up to start your NFT collection journey! Let’s dive in.

What are NFTs and Why Should You Care?

Before we get into the technical steps, it’s important to understand exactly what NFTs are and why they’re creating so much hype.

NFT stands for non-fungible token. Unlike cryptocurrencies like Bitcoin and Ethereum, NFTs are completely unique digital assets that represent ownership of something specific like art, music, videos, and more.

Here’s a quick rundown of how NFTs work:

  • Each NFT is unique and not interchangeable with other NFTs.
  • They contain distinguishing information recorded in their smart contracts.
  • This data proves ownership and authenticity of the digital asset.
  • Ownership records are maintained on a blockchain, usually Ethereum.
  • NFTs can be bought and sold on specialized marketplaces.
  • Trading activity is public on the blockchain but owners remain pseudo-anonymous.

In simpler terms, NFTs transform digital works into verifiable assets with traceable ownership.

The use cases for this technology are endless. NFTs are already being used for:

  • Digital art & collectibles – From pixel art to iconic video clips, NFTs allow artists to sell their work and collectors to own it. The artist Beeple sold an NFT for a record $69 million!

  • Gaming items – NFTs can represent in-game assets like skins, avatars, weapons, and more. Players truly own their digital gear.

  • Domain names – NFT domain endings like .crypto and .nft are an alternative to traditional domains.

  • Physical asset ownership – NFTs can be tied to real-world items like cars and real estate to prove ownership.

  • Investment & trading – Speculators are jumping on the NFT bandwagon, with valuable collections soaring in price.

As you can see, NFTs open up a whole new world of opportunities in the digital realm. And Metamask is the easiest way to interact with them.

Now, let’s look at why Metamask is the best crypto wallet for NFTs.

Why Use Metamask to Store NFTs?

Metamask is an Ethereum-based crypto wallet that allows you to securely store, send, and interact with a range of digital assets.

With recent integrations, Metamask now enables easy use and management of NFTs. Here’s why it’s great for handling your NFT collection:

Secure – Metamask gives you full control of your private keys. Your NFTs are securely stored on the blockchain itself, not by any centralized service.

Supports NFT Marketplaces – Easily connect Metamask to platforms like OpenSea, Rarible, Foundation, SuperRare, and more to buy, sell, and mint NFTs.

Interact with dApps – Metamask allows you to access decentralized apps and services in the Ethereum ecosystem. Many integrate with NFTs.

Import/Export to Other Wallets – Import your existing Metamask wallet into a hardware wallet for extra security. Or export your NFTs back into Metamask at any time.

View NFT Collections – See your full NFT portfolio in one place and easily manage your digital collectibles.

Cross-device – Sync your NFT collection across mobile, desktop, and hardware wallets for access anywhere.

For these key reasons, Metamask stands out as the best Ethereum wallet for handling your NFT assets. The convenience and functionality can’t be beat!

Now let’s walk through how to actually get NFTs into your Metamask.

Step 1: Install Metamask Wallet

If you don’t already have Metamask, you’ll first need to install it:


  • Download the Metamask app for iOS or Android.


  • Add the Metamask browser extension for Chrome, Firefox, Brave or Edge.

Once installed, you’ll need to set up a new wallet or import your existing one. Follow the on-screen prompts to complete the process.

Be sure to save a copy of your 12-word Secret Recovery Phrase somewhere safe. This will allow you to restore your wallet if you lose access for any reason.

Top tip: Consider setting up a separate Metamask wallet just for use with NFTs to simplify things.

Step 2: Add Ethereum for Gas Fees

To interact with Ethereum-based NFTs and marketplaces, you’ll need some ETH in your Metamask wallet. This covers the “gas” fees charged for transactions.

Here are some popular ways to get ETH into Metamask:

  • Buy directly in Metamask – This is the simplest option. Purchase ETH directly through the desktop/mobile app with a debit/credit card.

  • Transfer from an exchange – Deposit ETH into your Metamask address from a platform like Coinbase, Binance, FTX, etc.

  • Peer-to-peer trading – Use a service like LocalCryptos to buy ETH from someone directly with your local currency.

I’d recommend having at least 0.05 ETH which should give you plenty of wiggle room for basic NFT transactions. You can always buy more later if needed.

Step 3: Connect Metamask to an NFT Marketplace

Now comes the fun part – browsing NFTs to purchase!

OpenSea and Rarible are two of the largest NFT marketplaces, so we’ll use them as examples:

On OpenSea:

  1. Click your profile icon in the top-right and select “My Collections” from the dropdown menu.

  2. On the right side, click the “Connect Wallet” button.

  3. Choose Metamask from the list of options. This will open a Metamask popup – click Connect.

On Rarible:

  1. Click the profile icon in the top-right then choose “My profile” from the menu.

  2. On the right side, click the “Connect wallet” button.

  3. A Metamask popup will appear. Click the “Connect” button.

That’s it! Your Metamask wallet is now linked to the NFT marketplace so you can buy, sell, and mint NFTs.

Step 4: Buy Your First NFT!

Now you’re ready to purchase your first NFT to add to your Metamask collection. The process is similar across platforms:

  1. Browse the marketplace and find an NFT you want to buy.

  2. Click the “Buy” or “Purchase” button on the NFT page.

  3. A window will pop up showing the purchase details. Double check them then click “Confirm.”

  4. A Metamask transaction notification will appear. Click “Confirm” again.

  5. Congrats, you just bought an NFT! It will now show in your Metamask wallet.

A few tips for buying NFTs:

  • Stick with trusted verified creators when starting out.

  • Be aware of fake collections trying to imitate popular ones. Always verify it’s the legitimate brand.

  • Consider edition number if it’s a multi-edition release. Lower editions tend to hold more value.

  • Join Discord groups and follow creators you like on Twitter to stay on top of new releases.

Take some time to get familiar with browsing and buying NFTs. It’s extremely easy once you get used to the process flow.

Step 5: View Your NFT in Metamask

Once you’ve purchased or otherwise acquired an NFT, it’s time to view it in your Metamask wallet.

On mobile:

  1. Tap the menu icon in the bottom right (three horizontal lines).
  2. Tap “NFTs” to see your full collection.

On desktop:

  1. Click your account icon in the top-right.
  2. Choose “My NFTs” to view your collection.

Your NFTs should display with their artwork and relevant details like contract address, token ID, description, etc.

Pro tip: Add your NFT collection page to your mobile homescreen or desktop bookmarks bar for quick access.

Step 6: Send NFTs Between Wallets

A key benefit of NFTs is the ability to freely transfer ownership. Here’s how to safely send NFTs from Metamask:

  1. In your NFT collection, tap the "Send" icon for the NFT you want to transfer.

  2. A window will appear prompting you to enter the recipient‘s wallet address.

  3. Paste their address and hit “Next.” Double check it’s correct!

  4. Confirm the details and hit “Send.” A transaction notification will display in Metamask.

  5. The recipient will need to manually add the NFT to their own wallet by importing the contract address.

That’s it! By repeating these steps you can easily send NFTs to other owners or list them for sale on marketplaces.

Step 7: Showcase Your NFT Collection

Now that you’re all set up with NFTs in your Metamask wallet, it’s time to show off your digital flex!

Here are some great ways to put your NFT collection on display:

  • Set your NFT as your profile picture on Twitter and Discord. Most platforms support this now.

  • Share your NFT acquisitions and collection growth on social media.

  • Connect your Metamask to show NFT artworks on your personal website or portfolio.

  • Print and frame select NFTs to hang on your wall or display in your office.

  • Create AR/VR spaces to view your NFTs if you have access to that advanced tech.

  • Attend online or in-person NFT community events to network with other collectors.

The more you interact with the NFT world, the more value you’ll get out of your digital collectibles. And Metamask makes it easy to take your NFTs everywhere you go.

Tips for Storing NFTs Safely in Metamask

Here are some tips for keeping your NFT assets secure in your Metamask wallet:

  • Guard your Secret Recovery Phrase – This 12-word phrase allows anyone to access your wallet. Never share it online or store it digitally.

  • Enable 2FA – Add an extra layer of account security by turning on Two-Factor Authentication in your Metamask settings.

  • Make regular backups – Occasionally create a manual backup of your Metamask accounts to avoid losing access if your device is lost/damaged.

  • Use a hardware wallet – For extra protection, consider linking your Metamask wallet to a cold storage device like a Ledger or Trezor.

  • Beware phishing scams – Never click suspicious links claiming to be from Metamask. Always access your wallet directly.

  • Double check addresses when sending – Compare the full recipient address carefully before hitting send to avoid costly mistakes.

Apply these security best practices and your NFT assets will be safe as houses in your Metamask wallet!

Wrapping Up

That wraps up this complete guide to adding NFTs to your Metamask wallet!

Here are the key takeaways:

  • NFTs represent verifiable digital ownership recorded on a blockchain.

  • Metamask provides a secure and easy way to manage your NFT collection.

  • Connect Metamask to leading NFT marketplaces like OpenSea to start buying.

  • View, send, receive, and showcase your NFTs right from the Metamask interface.

  • Use the tips provided to store your NFTs safely and interact in the broader NFT community.

With Metamask‘s simplicity and flexibility, you now have no excuse not to jump into the exciting world of digital collectibles!

I hope you found this guide helpful. Let me know if you have any other questions. Happy NFT collecting!


Written by Alexis Kestler

A female web designer and programmer - Now is a 36-year IT professional with over 15 years of experience living in NorCal. I enjoy keeping my feet wet in the world of technology through reading, working, and researching topics that pique my interest.