How to view NFTs in your MetaMask wallet

Michael Luo

If you just bought an NFT or have some, this guide will help you get started with viewing and using NFTs in your MetaMask wallet.

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Introduction

You've probably heard about the recent surge in interest around NFTs, or non-fungible tokens. If you just bought an NFT or have some, this guide will help you get started with viewing and using NFTs in your MetaMask wallet.

What is MetaMask?

MetaMask allows you to view your ERC-721 tokens, like NFTs.

MetaMask is a web browser extension that allows you to interact with the Ethereum blockchain. It's a wallet, but it's also more than that: it's a bridge between the Ethereum blockchain and the web.

Let’s get into how you can view your NFTs on MetaMask!

Desktop/Chrome extension

Please note that while you can add NFTs as custom tokens in the extension, you will not be able to see them natively in the UI. More details here https://metamask.zendesk.com/hc/en-us/articles/360058238591-NFT-tokens-in-your-MetaMask-wallet

We are actively working on improving NFT support in MetaMask Extension; it will be available soon, and this information will be updated when it becomes available. For the time being, to manage your NFTs via MetaMask, please use MetaMask Mobile.

You have to add each individual ERC-721 token to MetaMask.

You can't see which tokens you own in your wallet, but you can add them one by one.

In MetaMask, click the three dots in the upper right corner of your homepage and choose "Add token" from the dropdown menu. Scroll down to find ERC-721 tokens, then enter their respective contract addresses or scan their QR codes to add them manually. Each time you add a new token, it'll appear under “My Tokens” on your homepage so that you know what they are and how many of each one there are.

Mobile

NFTs are displayed under the NFT tab. Please remember that some NFTs will not show up on the mobile app, or may not show up correctly.

The easiest way to display your NFTs is to turn on the app's NFT autodetect feature. See the FAQs for how to do this.

  1. Find the NFT's address. On OpenSea, for example, on the NFT's page under Details, there is a blue hyperlinked value labelled 'Contract Address'. If you click on this, it will take you to the contract's address on Etherscan; at the top-left of that page, there should be an icon labelled 'Contract', and to the right, a long string of letters and numbers. This is the address of the contract that created your NFT. Click on the 'copy' icon to the right of the address, and you'll have it on your clipboard.
  2. In MetaMask Mobile, tap on the 'NFTs' tab, scroll down and tap on the '+ ADD NFTs' link. Paste the NFT's address from your clipboard into the 'Address' box.
  3. Find the NFT's ID. A collectible's ID is a unique identifier since no two NFTs are alike. Again, on OpenSea this number is under 'Details'. Make a note of it, or copy it onto your clipboard.
  4. Paste the ID into the box marked 'ID' in MetaMask Mobile, tap on the 'ADD' button, and your NFTs should appear under the NFTs tab.

Another way to view your NFTs: OpenSea

Another way to view your NFTs is by going on OpenSea, connecting your wallet, and seeing all your NFTs under your profile! You can view your account by going here https://opensea.io/account

🚨 Note: NFTs you purchase through Winter may be under the “Hidden” tab on OpenSea!

You can't see how many NFTs you own in your wallet, but you can view a list of all the types and specific NFTs you hold.

You can't see how many NFTs you own in your wallet, but you can view a list of all the types and specific NFTs you hold. The quantity of each NFT is not shown directly — only their names are displayed.

You'll notice that when a token is selected, there's an option to "Show Balance." This doesn't mean what it sounds like: it simply displays information about that specific token within the MetaMask interface. The balance consists of its name and quantity (number) of tokens.

Adding the token doesn't automatically show you what tokens you own of that type.

When you add a token to MetaMask, it will not automatically show you what tokens you own of that type. You'll have to click through to see which specific tokens fit the ERC-721 standard that have been added.

Since an NFT can be used for many different purposes and has many possible uses, the single "ERC-721" designation doesn't tell you much about what sort of token it is or what function it serves in the real world.

Once you add a token type, click on it and click "View My Tokens" to find out what specific tokens you own of that type. Note the address of any token(s) you want to see in your wallet first.

  • Once you add a token type, click on it and click "View My Tokens" to find out what specific tokens you own of that type. Note the address of any token(s) you want to see in your wallet first.*
  • You can do this by: Clicking on the module dropdown (the three vertical dots) at the top right hand corner of your MetaMask window, then selecting “Manage Tokens”.

This will bring up a list of all token types and their addresses. Find yours in there and copy/paste its address into a text document, or write down its name (or both!). You'll need this later when we start creating NFTs!

Conclusion

By following the steps above, you can easily check the NFTs in your MetaMask wallet. Just remember that you have to add each contract manually, and there is no simple way to see how many NFTs of each type you own. If you want to see a list of all the types and specific tokens in your wallet, use MetaMask's built-in token explorer.


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