Summary: In summary, it is not possible to purchase Bitcoin directly using the Metamask wallet as it only supports Ethereum Virtual Machine (EVM) based currencies. However, it is possible to exchange Ethereum (ETH) or other ERC-20 tokens for a wrapped version of Bitcoin (BTC) known as 'WBTC'. For those looking to get started quickly, the recommended Decentralized Exchange (DEX) for buying WBTC is Uniswap (V3), which is considered to be the most trustworthy.

The contract for the ETH/WBTC exchange can be found on Uniswap (V3) here. You can continue reading our step-by-step guide to learn how to get started.

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Can I buy Bitcoin with Metamask?

You can buy 'Wrapped' versions of Bitcoin with Metamask on any available chain like Ethereum, Avalanche, Fantom, Harmony, and others. You cannot buy normal Bitcoin (BTC) because the token format is different and cannot be ported to the Ethereum Virtual Machine (EVM) infrastructure.

With that said, WBTC, renBTC and other forms of Wrapped Bitcoin are secure and are pegged to the price of Bitcoin. Another great bonus is that you can you lending platforms like AAVE to deposit WBTC and earn interest.

How to buy Wrapped Bitcoin on Metamask

The easiest way to buy Wrapped Bitcoin (WBTC) with a MetaMask Wallet is through a secure decentralized exchange. In the guide below, we outline how to get started in 4 simple steps with the most trusted DEX, Uniswap:

  1. Buy Ethereum (ETH) from a centralized exchange and send it to your Metamask Wallet
  2. Visit a trusted decentralized exchange like Uniswap to convert your ETH for WBTC.
  3. Input the amount of ETH you want to swap for WBTC and select 'Swap'.
  4. After selecting 'Swap' you will then be shown a confirmation of your transaction. Make sure all of the details for the ETH to WBTC swap are correct and finalize the trade.
Confirm BTC buy Metamask
Confirming my ETH/WBTC transaction on Uniswap.

How to add Wrapped Bitcoin to Metamask

In order to add Wrapped Bitcoin to your Metamask Wallet, you will need to click the 'Import Tokens' button at the bottom of your Metamask chrome extension. From there, simply type in 'WBTC' as shown below and click through until it appears in your wallet.

The contract address for Wrapped Bitcoin (WBTC) is: 0x2260FAC5E5542a773Aa44fBCfeDf7C193bc2C599.

BTC Metamask Address
Adding WBTC to Metamask Wallet

Can I add the Bitcoin Network to Metamask?

You cannot add the Bitcoin network to your Metamask wallet because it is not Ethereum Virtual Machine (EVM) compatible. There is no way to bridge Bitcoins from the BTC network (or lightning network) to an EVM chain like Ethereum, Avalanche or Optimism.

Can Metamask hold Bitcoins?

Metamask cannot hold native Bitcoin (BTC), only wrapped Bitcoins like WBTC, renBTC, WBTC.e, aBTC and others.

Final Thoughts

In conclusion, you can buy Wrapped Bitcoin with Metamask on any available Ethereum-compatible chain. You cannot buy native Bitcoin (BTC) because it is incompatible with the EVM infrastructure. To get started all you need to do is convert ETH to WBTC on an exchange like Uniswap and then follow the instructions outlined in this guideto add WBTC to your Metamask Wallet.

Thanks for reading and happy trading!