Summary: Ripple (XRP) investors cannot add the XRP network to their MetaMask wallet because there is currently no public blockchain that is live.
This ultimately means that you cannot add XRP to MetaMask, or bridge to the chain from Ethereum, Solana, or other networks.
Can I add XRP Network to Metamask?
The XRP network cannot be added to your Metamask Wallet because it is not an Ethereum Virtual Machine (EVM) compatible blockchain. Metamask only supports networks that are written in the same programming language as Ethereum, which is called solidity.
What is the best XRP Wallet?
The only wallets that support XRP are generic wallets like Ledger or Trezor. This means that you can send and hold XRP to your wallet, but you cannot perform any actions on-chain because the Ripple company has not built out the proper infrastructure.
Considering that XRP has been in development since 2016, it says a lot that they still do not have a legitimate developer community or applications being built on-top of their network.
DeFi on XRP (Ripple) Network
There are currently no decentralized finance (DeFi) applications being built on the XRP network. This is because XRP has little to no real developer community that are looking to build financial applications on their blockchain. You can check Defillama for the most popular DeFi applications by total value locked and users.
XRP also does not support other popular applications that are on other blockchains like Ethereum, Solana or Avalanche like NFTs, GameFi and other Metaverse apps.
In short, you cannot add XRP to MetaMask or bridge it to the Ethereum, Solana, or other networks. The current state of Ripple's blockchain means that there is little to no real world utility for XRP at this time and very few DeFi applications being built on their network. If you're looking to buy XRP, the only wallets you can use are generic wallets like Ledger or Trezor.