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How to Add USDC to MetaMask

To add USDC (USD Coin) to MetaMask, you need to copy USDC’s contract address and import it as a custom token.

USDC runs on the Ethereum blockchain, so you need to make sure that you’re on the “Ethereum Mainnet” network.

By default, you should be on the “Ethereum Mainnet” network.

If you’re not, you need to click on the network dropdown box and select it.

By doing so, the USDC token symbol and decimal will be auto-populated when you paste its contract address.

If you’re not on the Ethereum Mainnet network, it will not be auto-populated.

Here’s how to add USDC to MetaMask:

  1. Copy USDC’s contract address
  2. Unlock your MetaMask wallet
  3. Click on “import tokens”
  4. Paste USDC’s contract address
  5. Send or receive USDC

1. Copy USDC’s contract address

USDC contract address

The first step is to copy USDC’s contract address.

MetaMask does not automatically add USD Coin (USDC) for you.

Hence, you need to add it as a custom token.

Before you can add it as a custom token, you need to copy its contract address.

To do so, go to CoinMarketCap.com and search for “USDC”.

Once you’re on the “USD Coin” page, click on the duplicate icon under “Contracts” to copy its contract address.

Here is the “USD Coin” page on CoinMarketCap: https://coinmarketcap.com/currencies/usd-coin/.

Alternatively, you can click on the MetaMask logo to add USDC to your MetaMask wallet.

2. Unlock your MetaMask wallet

Secondly, you need to unlock your MetaMask wallet.

If you haven’t installed MetaMask yet, you need to do so.

To install MetaMask, you need to open the Chrome browser.

After you’ve opened the Chrome browser, you can install MetaMask here.

If you don’t have a wallet, you need to follow the on-screen instructions to create a new wallet.

In the wallet creation process, you’re required to create a password.

You’ll also be given a secret recovery phrase where you’ll have to store it in a safe place.

If you already have a wallet, you can either enter your password or import it using your secret recovery phrase.

3. Click on “import tokens”

After you’ve unlocked your MetaMask wallet, you’ll need to import USDC as a custom token.

But first, you need to make sure that you’re on the “Ethereum Mainnet” network.

This is because USDC runs on the Ethereum blockchain.

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

If it’s not, click on the network dropdown box and select it.

Lastly, scroll down and click on “import tokens” to start importing a custom token.

4. Paste USDC’s contract address

 Add USDC to MetaMask

After you’ve clicked on “import tokens”, you’ll land on the “Search” tab.

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

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

Paste USDC’s contract address (that you’ve copied from step #1) into the “Token Contract Address” field.

After you’ve pasted its contract address, the “Token Symbol” field and the “Token Decimal” field will be auto-populated.

This is because you’re on the right network (Ethereum Mainnet).

If you’re on the wrong network, the fields will not be auto-populated.

Lastly, click on “Add Custom Token” to add USD Coin (USDC) to MetaMask.

5. Send or receive USDC

After you’ve clicked on “Add Custom Token”, USDC will be added to your MetaMask wallet.

You can find it under the “Assets” tab.

Now, you’ll be able to send and receive USDC on MetaMask.

To send USDC, click on “USDC” under the “Assets” tab.

Next, click on “Send” and paste the receiver’s address.

If you want to receive USDC, you need to copy your wallet address.

You can do so by clicking on the duplicate icon under your wallet’s name (e.g. Account 1).

You’ve successfully learned how to add USDC to MetaMask!

Conclusion

USD Coin (USDC) is a stablecoin that is always 1-to-1 with the United States Dollar.

The coin is managed by Centre, a consortium founded by Circle.

Circle includes members from the cryptocurrency exchange Coinbase and Bitcoin mining company Bitmain.

As of early 2022, there are 52.6 billion USDC in circulation.

USDC was developed to revolutionize how people use money.

It moves at the speed of the internet and can be exchanged similar to how we share content.

USDC is also cheaper and more secure than existing payment systems.

Instead of storing your USDC in your MetaMask wallet, you can store it in an interest account like BlockFi.

BlockFi provides 8.75% interest per year on USDC.

You can sign up for BlockFi here: https://blockfi.com/?ref=ebaebea5 and deposit your USDC there.

If you want to buy USDT, you can create an account on Binance or Coinbase.

Buy USDC by creating a Binance account: https://accounts.binance.com/en/register?ref=73583477.

Buy USDC by creating a Coinbase account and get $10 USD in free Bitcoin: https://www.coinbase.com/join/lim_di1.

Further reading

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How to Add USDT to MetaMask

10 Binance Statistics to Know in 2022

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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.