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How to Add a Custom Token to MetaMask

To add a custom token to MetaMask, you must first copy the token’s address.

Then, you’ll be able to import the token to MetaMask by pasting its address.

MetaMask allows you to import custom tokens—not just Ethereum.

For example, if you want to store other tokens like Shiba Inu (SHIB), you can add them to your wallet.

However, you need to make sure that you’ve selected the right network first.

If you’re adding a token like Shiba Inu (SHIB), make sure to select the “Ethereum Mainnet” network because it is built on the Ethereum blockchain.

By adding a token to your wallet, you’ll be able to receive it.

To receive it, you need to copy your wallet address.

Now, you’ll be able to send the token to your MetaMask wallet address.

Here’s how to add a custom token to MetaMask:

  1. Search for the token on CoinMarketCap
  2. Copy the token’s address
  3. Select the token’s network on MetaMask
  4. Click on “import tokens”
  5. Paste the token’s address and add it
  6. Click on “Import Tokens”
  7. Send the token to your wallet address

1. Search for the token on CoinMarketCap

The first step is to copy the address of the token that you want to add to MetaMask.

There are a couple of ways to copy a token’s address.

You can either use CoinMarketCap or BscScan.

For the purpose of this guide, we’ll use CoinMarketCap.

Firstly, go to CoinMarketCap.com and click on the search bar on the header of the site.

After you’ve clicked on the search bar, you need to search for the token that you want to add to MetaMask.

For example, if you want to add Shiba Inu (SHIB) to MetaMask, search for “Shiba Inu” and select it.

2. Copy the token’s address

Shiba Inu token address

After you’ve selected the token that you want to add to MetaMask, you’ll see more information about it.

For example, if you’ve selected “Shiba Inu”, you’ll see more information about the Shiba Inu coin.

This includes its current price, contracts, market cap, and more.

Now, you need to copy the token’s address.

Under “Contracts”, you’ll see the token’s address.

Click on the duplicate icon under “Contracts” to copy the token’s address.

3. Select the token’s network on MetaMask

MetaMask network

After you’ve copied the token’s address, you can now import the token to MetaMask.

Firstly, open MetaMask by clicking on the MetaMask extension on Chrome.

Now, you need to select the network of the token.

To do so, click on the Network dropdown box.

After you’ve clicked on the Network dropdown box, you’ll see a list of networks.

By default, the “Ethereum Mainnet” network will be selected.

If you’re adding a token that is built on the Ethereum blockchain (e.g. Shiba Inu), you need to select “Ethereum Mainnet”.

On the other hand, if you’re adding a token (e.g. PancakeSwap) that is built on the Binance Smart Chain Blockchain, you need to select “Smart Chain”.

If you haven’t added the “Smart Chain” network to MetaMask, you can refer to this guide on how to do it.

Make sure to select the correct network of the token.

If you happen to send the token to the wrong network, it will be lost.

4. Click on “import tokens”

Import tokens to MetaMask

After you’ve selected the correct network of the token (e.g. Ethereum Mainnet), you can now import it.

If you’re unsure of the correct network of the token, go to CoinMarketCap, search for the token, and check its contract.

MetaMask allows you to import tokens.

To do so, scroll down until you find the “import tokens” option.

Click on “import tokens” to start importing a token to your MetaMask wallet.

5. Paste the token’s address and add it

How to add a custom token to MetaMask

After you’ve clicked on “import tokens”, you’ll land on the “Import Tokens” page.

Firstly, click on the “Custom Token” tab to add a custom token.

Now, you’ll see 3 fields including “Token Contract Address”, “Token Symbol”, and “Token Decimal”.

All you need to do is to paste the address of the token on the “Token Contract Address” field.

You should’ve copied the address of the token in step #2.

After you’ve pasted the address of the token, the “Token Symbol” and the “Token Decimal” field should be auto-populated.

If the fields are not auto-populated, it means that you’ve probably selected the wrong network (e.g. Ethereum Mainnet instead of Smart Chain).

If that’s the case, you need to select the correct network of the token and try to import it again.

Lastly, click on “Add Custom Token” to import the token to your MetaMask wallet.

6. Click on “Import Tokens”

Import tokens

After you’ve clicked on “Add Custom Token”, you’ll land on the “Would you like to import these tokens?” page.

Now, you’ll see the token that you’re importing.

For example, if you’re importing the Shiba Inu coin, you’ll see that “SHIB” is being imported.

Click on “Import Tokens” to confirm that you want to import the token.

7. Send the token to your wallet address

Send custom token to MetaMask

After you’ve clicked on “Import tokens” the token will be added to your MetaMask wallet.

You can see the token under “Assets”.

The USD balance and the amount of token will also be shown.

Now, you’ll be able to send the token from another wallet to your MetaMask wallet.

You can do so by copying your wallet address under the “Account” header (e.g. Account 1).

Then, you can send the token to your wallet address.

You’ve successfully learned how to add a custom token to MetaMask!

Conclusion

As mentioned in the guide, you need to make sure to select the correct network of the token.

Not every token is built on the same blockchain.

For example, SHIB is built on the Ethereum blockchain.

On the other hand, CAKE is built on the Binance Smart Chain blockchain.

To send a custom token to your MetaMask wallet, you first need to import it over to the correct network.

For example, if you’re sending CAKE, you need to select the “Smart Chain” network before you can import the token.

If you haven’t added the “Smart Chain” network yet, you can do so by following this guide.

Keep in mind that if you sent a token to the wrong network, your funds will be lost and you won’t be able to retrieve them.

Further reading

How to Change or Reset Your MetaMask Password

How to Fix “Deep Link is not supported” on Trust Wallet

Coinbase Quiz Answers (Nov 2021)

About the author

Lim How Wei

Lim How Wei is the founder of followchain.org, with 8+ years of experience in Social Media Marketing and 4+ years of experience as an active investor in stocks and cryptocurrencies. He has researched, tested, and written hundreds of articles ranging from social media platforms to messaging apps.