How to Connect Avalanche Network to MetaMask Wallet

In this guide, we will explain how to connect Avalanche to a MetaMask wallet and how to connect with DApps such as Sushiswap, Trader Joe and Pangolin.

It´s becoming increasingly frustrating using the Ethereum network due to the sky-high fees. However, you can reduce these ETH GAS fees by avoiding the Ethereum network altogether and connecting to alternative blockchains such as Avalanche, Binance Smart Chain and Polygon.

Before you start using these alternative networks you will need to connect to a supported wallet. One of the most popular wallets is MetaMask, where you can also connect a Ledger and Trezor hardware wallet.

How to Connect Avalanche Network to MetaMask Tutorial

What is MetaMask Wallet?

MetaMask is a cryptocurrency wallet and gateway to blockchain-based apps. The wallet is available as a browser extension for the likes of Chrome, FireFox, and Brave or a mobile app for Android or iOS. By standard Metmask is used on the Ethereum network, however, MetaMask can also be setup to connect to the likes of the Avalanche Network or Binance Smart Chain.

If you would like to find out more information, check out our step-by-step MetaMask tutorial.

What is the Avalanche Network?

Avalanche (or AVAX) is a blockchain platform that was launched in 2020 by the Ava labs team based in the US.  Offering fast transaction speeds at low costs, plus its open source and allows the building of decentralised applications also known as DApps.

Avalanche differs from other networks due to its unique approach by using 3 separate blockchains in its platform. These are named X-Chain, C-Chain, and P-Chain.

  • X Chain“, is their exchange chain for creating and exchanging AVAX tokens and other digital assets. Fees are paid in their AVAX token, similar to how you would pay ETH for the Ethereum network, or BNB for the Binance Smart Chain. 
  • C Chain“, their contract chain where essentially developers create smart contracts for DApps.
  • P Chain” or Platform chain which coordinates the network validators tracks active subnets and allows for the creation of new subnets. 

Because each blockchain has a different function, this helps to improve the speed and scalability of Avalanche. 

How to connect metamask to avalanche

AVAX Avalanche Tokens

Avalanche have their own AVAX utility token which essentially brings all the blockchains together. AVAX has a capped supply of 720 million and can be staked to validate the network, used for transaction fees and is used as a unit for all the subnets.

How to Connect Avalanche Network to MetaMask

Step 1: Download MetaMask

To start to connect Metamask to Avalanche, make sure that MetaMask is installed on your device. Installing MetaMask will not be discussed in this thread but you can check out our tutorial to see how to set up MetaMask on your selected device.

Step 2: Add Network to MetaMask

Once MetaMask is installed, open your MetaMask wallet. After opening the wallet, click the dropdown beside the name of the connected network (usually set to Ethereum Mainnet). Then select “Add Network“.

Add Avalance to MetaMask Wallet

Step 3: Add Avalance Network to MetaMask

You will be directed to the “Add Network” page. To proceed, type in (or copy and paste) the below information to the appropriate box. You may view the image below for reference.

Avalanche Configure with MetaMask

Step 4: Save

After inputting, click save and your MetaMask wallet is connected to the Avalanche Network. Congratulations!

How to Send AVAX Tokens to MetaMask

When you have connected the Avalanche network to your Metamask wallet, you’ll need to learn how to send AVAX tokens to Metamask. These can be sent across using a bridge to send your tokens across to the avalanche network or by buying and sending these from exchanges such as Binance.

Just be aware that when bridging your tokens across from Ethereum to the Avalanche network, this will cost in ETH, which at the time of writing this review are very high.

How to Bridge AVAX Token

Step 1: Navigate to the Avalanche Bridge & Connect

To bridge your tokens from Ethereum to the Avalanche network, you can use Avalanche’s own bridge which can be found at bridge.avax.network.

Avalanche Bridge

Step 2: Connect your Wallet

From the Avalanche Bridge, you’ll need to connect up your Metamask wallet which has your Ethereum ERC20 tokens in there.

Bridge ETH to Avalanche AVAX

Step 3: Select your Tokens

Once connected, you can select the token that you want to bridge from the dropdown, which can be any Ethereum based ERC20 token. 

Step 4: Enter the Amount & Transfer

Enter the number of tokens you’d like to bridge across. Currently, when you bridge more than $75 in tokens you will get a free airdrop. Then when you are ready to bridge choose “Transfer“.

Once complete your tokens will move from the Ethereum network to the Avalanche network. You will also find that the name of the token will change to having a “.e” at the end of it.

Another way to bridge your tokens is using something like cBridge. So if you have your tokens on Ethereum, Arbitrum, or the Binance Smart chain for example you can bridge to Avalanche so you’re not restricted to just bridging from one network.

How to Send AVAX from Binance Exchange

The easiest way that I personally use to send AVAX tokens to Metamask is simply buying these and withdrawing them from the likes of the Binance Exchange.

If you’re not too sure how to withdraw from Binance, you can follow our tutorial and guide on “How to Withdraw from Binance“.

Just ensure that when withdrawing from Binance that you use the AVAXC network.

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Louise created the Every Bit Helps YouTube channel back in 2017, after finding the process of buying Bitcoin difficult. Therefore, in an aim to help others, she hopes that her tutorials will make the process of buying, selling and storing crypto a lot easier for newbies in the future. After spending 20 years working in London in cyber security, she left the corporate life after having her second child in 2018. Louise now travels the world with her two small children trying to make the most out of life.

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