In this guide, we will explain how to connect Binance Smart Chain to MetaMask, so you can start using the likes of PancakeSwap.
MetaMask has always been the go-to wallet for accessing the Ethereum network. However, you can now connect MetaMask to the Binance Smart Chain and then interact with supported DApp and DEXs. Users have become increasingly frustrated with the sky-high GAS fees when interacting with the Ethereum network. One way to avoid Ethereum altogether is by using the Binance Smart Chain.
So, let’s dive into how to add Binance Smart Chan to your MetaMask wallet.
How to Connect Binance Smart Chain to MetaMask
- Download MetaMask & Create a Wallet
- Add Network to Networks
- Add BSC to MetaMask
- Save BSC Network on MetaMask
- Deposit Tokens to Pay for GAS Fees
Time needed: 15 minutes.
In this guide, I will explain how to connect Binance Smart Chain to MetaMask. You will be provided with all the details that you will need, to add to Binance Smart Chain to your MetaMask wallet.
For more information on the Binance Smart Chain, you can also check out the Binance Academy.
- Download MetaMask & Create Wallet
To start connecting Metamask to the Binance Smart Chain, make sure that MetaMask is installed on your device. Installing MetaMask will not be discussed in this thread but you can check out our tutorial to see how to set up MetaMask on your selected device.
- Add Network to MetaMask
Once MetaMask is installed, open your MetaMask wallet. After opening the wallet, click the dropdown beside the name of the connected network (usually set to Ethereum Mainnet). Then select “Add Network“.
- Add Binance Smart Chain to MetaMask
e directed to the “Add Network” page. To proceed, type in (or copy and paste) the below information to the appropriate box. You may view the image below for reference. You can also double-check the details are correct with Binance Academy.
Network Name: Smart Chain
New RPC URL: https://bsc-dataseed.binance.org/
Chain ID: 56
Block Explorer URL: https://bscscan.com
- Save BSC Network to your MetaMask Wallet
After inputting the BSC network into MetaMask click “Save“. Your MetaMask wallet will now be connected to the Binance Smart Chain. Congratulations!
- Deposit Tokens to Pay for GAS Fees
You will need to add BNB tokens to your Metamask wallet to pay for the GAS fees. Please make sure you send the BNB tokens on the correct network.
Binance Smart Chain Networks
You can connect your MetaMask wallet to either Binance Smart Chain “testnet” or the “mainnet“.
- Network Name: Smart Chain
- New RPC URL: https://bsc-dataseed.binance.org/
- ChainID: 56
- Symbol: BNB
- Block Explorer URL: https://bscscan.com
- Network Name: Smart Chain – Testnet
- New RPC URL: https://data-seed-prebsc-1-s1.binance.org:8545/
- ChainID: 97
- Symbol: BNB
- Block Explorer URL: https://testnet.bscscan.com
What is MetaMask?
MetaMask is a crypto wallet and gateway to blockchain-based apps. MetaMask is available as a browser extension for the likes of Chrome, Firefox, and Brave. Traditionally used on the Ethereum network, MetaMask can also be customized to connect to the likes of Binance Smart Chain, Polygon and Avalanche Network.
If you would like to find out more about MetaMask check out our beginners tutorial.
What is the Binance Smart Chain (BSC)?
The Binance Smart Chain is a blockchain created by Binance for developing high-performance decentralised applications. Whilst Binance already had the Binance chain that was created to issue, use and exchange digital assets on the blockchain. They had optimised this for ultra-fast trading which meant they had to make certain trade off’s, one of which was it wasn’t as flexible in terms of programming as other blockchains.
Therefore, the Binance Smart Chain was built to change this whilst also running alongside the Binance Chain, to ensure that users could get the best of both worlds.
Due to the affordability and speed of transactions on the Binance Smart Chain, a number of Decentralised Applications (DApps) now run on the Binance Smart Chain. These include the likes of PancakeSwap, Ramp Defi and Paraswap.
Getting an error when trying to buy or swap tokens on PancakeSwap? Find out How to Fix “Insufficient Output Amount” on PancakeSwap.
Binance BNB Tokens
The Binance Coin (BNB) was launched by Binance Exchange in 2017 as an ERC-20 token on the Ethereum blockchain. However, BNB is now the native currency of Binance Smart Chain (BSC).
BNB has several uses which include; reduced trading fees, increasing your Binance account tier, spending as cryptocurrency and is used to pay for fees on the Binance Chain.
The Binance Coin BNB has seen huge growth since its launch, which has been helped along by several rounds of token burn events. BNB is currently sitting at the number 3 spot on CoinMarketCap and can be traded in over 300 trading pairs across 120 exchanges including the likes of Binance Exchange, FTX and Huobi Global.
How to Send BNB to Binance Smart Chain on MetaMask
If you want to transfer BNB tokens from Binance Exchange to Metamask, you will first need to follow the above steps set out in this tutorial. Once that’s completed you can then follow below to send BNB.
- Go to your Binance wallet within the exchange, select Binance (BNB), and click withdraw.
- Open MetaMask on your browser. Make sure you have the Binance Smart Chain network selected before you copy your address.
- Paste the MetaMask address you copied, in the address field on Binance Exchange. Choose the Binance Smart Chain (BSC) Network and enter the amount you want to transfer, then submit the transaction.
- I recommend using 2FA as an extra layer of security, so if you have this in place, you should be asked to confirm the transaction. If you don’t have a YubiKey, I recommend looking into this to increase security.
- Once you have completed security verification you should receive a confirmation email of your withdrawal.
- As the transaction was sent via Binance Smart Chain, the transaction should go through within a couple of minutes and at a very low transaction fee.
Unfortunately, Binance.com isn’t available for users who live in the United States and are instead permitted to use Binance.US. Some of the downfalls with Binance.US is the number of trading pairs available and the ability to swap or take part in liquidity farming on PancakeSwap or BakerySwap.
However, Binance has released a Binance Chain Wallet extension for chrome browsers, that works for both the Binance Chain (BC) and Binance Smart Chain (BSC). However, users have experienced issues when using the Binance Chain Wallet, so just be curious when using this.
Another option I believe you can get around this is by disguising your location by using a VPN like ExpressVPN. This is a risk and not something I would recommend.
How to Bridge Binance Smart Chain Tokens?
If you’re looking for ways to bridge your tokens. There are a few different ways to move your assets cross-chain. If you have a Binance account, you can withdraw your tokens on your required network. Alternatively, you can use sites such as the Celer cBridge that allows you to bridge your tokens from multiple chains such as Ethereum, Abitrum or Binance Smart Chain.
Just be aware that if you are bridging from the Ethereum network you will need to pay the transaction fees in ETH and at the time of writing this article, these are very high.