How to Add Solana to MetaMask

How to Add Solana to MetaMask

Adrian Graham
Fact Checked
Oct 25, 2022

Summary: The Solana Network cannot be added to your Metamask Web 3 wallet because it is not an Ethereum Virtual Machine (EVM) compatible-blockchain.

To use the Solana blockchain, you will need to download a SOL native wallet like Phantom Wallet or Sollet.

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Can I add Solana to my Metamask Wallet?

Metamask Wallets only support blockchains that are written in the Solidity programming language, which is the basis of the Ethereum Virtual machine. This means Metamask does not support Solana, which has Rust as its native programming language.

Metamask Wallets do support EVM compatible networks like Avalanche (AVAX), Fantom (FTM), Binance (BSC) and others. Solana will soon release an EVM compatible update through Neon Labs, who are working on deploying SOL to the Ethereum Virtual machine.

Solana EVM wallet Neon labs
The team building EVM compatibility for Solana - Neon Labs.

Will Metamask add Solana Wallets?

Metamask is owned & operated by the Ethereum Consensys team and they have not announced any plans to support non-Ethereum compatible networks like Solana. You will have to wait until Neon Labs releases an EVM-compatible version of Solana that Metamask will be able to add to their wallet.

How to get a Solana (SOL) Wallet for DeFi and NFTs

If you want to bridge to the Solana network to use the ecosystems native DeFi, GameFi and NFT Apps - you will need to download Phantom Wallet. The user experience for the Phantom Wallet is identical to Metamask, except it is connected to SOL applications.

Phantom is completely free and they make it easy to send and receive tokens, as well as transact for low fees in DeFi. The Phantom Solana wallet also has an in-build NFT wallet that will hold any assets you buy from Solana NFT Marketplaces.

Phantom Solana Wallet
Solana's most popular Web 3 Wallet - Phantom.

Are Solana Wallets safer than Metamask?

Solana Wallets are just as safe and trusted as Metamask. The team behind Phantom has been in operation for years and is backed by the largest institutional investors including Alameda Research, FTX, Jump Crypto, and many others. They have suffered no exploits or data breaches in their 3 years of operation.

Adrian Graham

Co-Founder & former banker turned Full-Time DeFi analyst and researcher. Left traditional finance to pursue my interest in digital assets and decentralized finance.

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