how to create an nft wallet

How To Create an NFT Wallet: The Ultimate Setup for Beginners

This guide will teach you how to create an NFT wallet that will allow you to sell, buy and trade NFTs. Having a wallet is the very first step of building your NFT portfolio. I've been trading NFTs since 2021, and this guide will give you the simplest and most secure way to store your NFTs. Let's dive in!

By: Khristian Flohr


How to Create an NFT Wallet

If you're interested in buying, selling, or collecting NFTs, the first step is setting up a secure digital wallet. Today we'll guide you through creating an NFT wallet using MetaMask, one of the most popular choices for storing NFTs and Cyptocurrencies. We'll also discuss the differences between cold and hot wallets and the safety measures you should take to keep your digital assets secure.

Metamask - How To Create an NFT Wallet Metamask

Understanding NFT Wallets

An NFT wallet is a digital wallet specifically designed for storing and managing NFTs and cryptocurrencies like Ethereum. It allows you to send, receive, and trade NFTs securely. Your wallet is protected by a private key, which is a unique code (or a combination of 12 to 24 words) that only you should know.

Getting Started

Before we dive into setting up your NFT wallet, I recommend using a computer for this process, but you can also follow along with a mobile device. Be sure to use a safe browser, such as Brave (recommended) or Google Chrome.

Setting up MetaMask

MetaMask is a popular, user-friendly browser extension that serves as an NFT wallet. It's compatible with Chrome, Firefox, and Brave browsers. To set up your MetaMask wallet, follow these simple steps:

Step 1: Go to MetaMask.io and download the browser extension. If you're on a mobile app, you can proceed by downloading the MetaMask app from the App Store for iOS devices or the Play Store for Android users.

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Step 2: Install the browser extension.

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Step 3: Pin MetaMask to your browser's toolbar for easier access.

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Step 4: Click on the Metamak icon to launch it.

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Step 5: Set up a secure password to access your MetaMask wallet. Keep it in a safe place, like a password manager, and preferably have a physical copy of it.

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Step 6: Up next, you'll be shown your secret recovery phrase, which is used to access your private key. This is super important, so keep it to yourself and never share it with anyone. Anyone with access to your private key can instantly access your wallet. Store it in a safe deposit box in a physical place or use a password manager like 1Password. And please, avoid taking photos or screenshots of your recovery phrase.

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Now that you've created your wallet, you'll see your balance, assets, and options to add sub-wallets, import tokens, and switch to another blockchain.

Cold Wallet vs Hot Wallet Crypto

Cold Wallet vs. Hot Wallet

Think of your wallets as two different places to store your money. A hot wallet (Like Metamask or Exodus) is like the wallet you carry around in your pocket every day. It's convenient and easy to access, which makes it great for daily transactions like buying things or receiving payments. However, because it's often connected to the internet, it might be at risk of being hacked or stolen.

On the other hand, a cold wallet is like a safe deposit box at the bank. It's more secure and not connected to the internet, so it's less likely to be hacked or stolen. It's not as easy to access as your everyday wallet, but that's what makes it safer for storing larger amounts of money or valuable NFTs that you don't need to access regularly.

In short, a hot wallet is a convenient but less secure option for everyday transactions, while a cold wallet provides a higher level of security for long-term storage and protection.

If you physically lose your cold wallet, you might think your crypto and NFTs are lost too. However, you can still recover them using your recovery phrase or private key provided when you set up your wallet. To regain access, simply restore your wallet on a new device using the recovery phrase or private key.

Linking your Ledger to Metamask


This step is essential for added security. I highly recommend using a hardware wallet like Ledger, which you can order online for around $70. Once you have your Ledger, link it to MetaMask by clicking on the button 'add hardware wallet.' This way, you'll have two wallets (one hot and one cold) accessible through MetaMask.

Connecting Cold Wallet to Metamask
Connect Ledger to Metamask

For every digital transaction you make in MetaMask, you'll need to confirm it by pressing a button on your physical Ledger device. You can keep long-term valuable assets in your Ledger while using your main MetaMask wallet for more frequent transactions.

Adding Funds

To add funds to your wallet, click the MetaMask icon and select "Deposit." You can either buy Ethereum directly within MetaMask or transfer it from another wallet or exchange. To convert fiat currencies like euros or USD, you can use exchanges like Binance, Kraken, Revolut, Crypto.com, or others to purchase Ethereum before sending it to your MetaMask wallet.

Option 1: To add funds to your account directly on Metamask, click the 'BUY' button in MetaMask and use integrated services like Coinbase, MoonPay, or Transak to convert fiat currency (such as USD, EUR, etc.) into crypto like Ethereum.

Deposit Metamask

Option 2: Use an Exchange to add funds using an external exchange, first, create an account with a reputable exchange if you're new to cryptocurrencies. Choose an exchange based on:

  1. Availability in your country.
  2. Fees charged by the exchange.
  3. Security and reputation of the exchange.

A useful tool to evaluate the health of exchanges is Defillama. Once you have funds in your exchange account, send Ethereum to your MetaMask public wallet address to complete the transfer.

Buying an NFT


Now that you know how to create an NFT wallet, you can start collecting and trading NFTs by browsing any NFT marketplace. To buy an NFT, you could visit one of these popular NFT marketplaces:

  • OpenSea: The most popular marketplace with a wide variety NFT collections. It supports different blockchains for more choices.
  • SuperRare: A curated platform focused on unique, high-quality digital art.
  • Nifty Gateway: Offers limited edition art and collectibles, often featuring exclusive drops and collaborations.
  • Foundation: Connects artists and collectors through an auction system, where artists list NFTs for bidding.
  • Blur: One of the largest NFT marketplaces and trading platforms. It provides advanced analytics and tools to analyze collections.

Choosing the Right NFT to Buy

The ultimate question is which NFT to invest in for maximum returns. Aim to buy low and sell high, focusing on projects with potential for growth in value. To learn more about NFTs, be active on platforms like Twitter and Discord, where the NFT community hangs out.


Stay informed by joining Flagship's Discord server, where we'll keep you up-to-date on the NFT market. We also recommend checking out our article, our article 10 Powerful NFT Tips to Invest in 2023 to help you make informed decisions in your NFT journey.

Disclaimer: Nothing on this site should be construed as a financial investment recommendation. It’s important to understand that investing is a high-risk activity. Investments expose money to potential loss.

Disclaimer: Nothing on this site should be construed as a financial investment recommendation. It’s important to understand that investing is a high-risk activity. Investments expose money to potential loss.

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