Buying ETH
In this summary, we are going to go over the steps you need to get Ethereum in your wallet. For the majority of people, one of the easiest ways to get ETH into your MetaMask wallet is to purchase ETH on Coinbase with a debit or credit card or a bank transfer, and then transfer that ETH to your MetaMask wallet. While you can purchase ETH directly on MetaMask, there are geographical restrictions. For this reason, we will be detailing the necessary steps for buying ETH on Coinbase and transferring the funds over to MetaMask.

Creating an account

Coinbase is one of the most popular and user-friendly centralized exchanges in the game. Coinbase allows users to buy and sell cryptocurrencies, exchange coins or tokens for another, as well as being able to send and receive cryptocurrencies. Please note that Coinbase is a centralized exchange, meaning they will require official government identification in order for you to create an account with them. Unlike many wallets, Coinbase allows you to purchase cryptocurrencies with fiat (USD). Users are then able to choose between a credit/debit (Visa or Mastercard) or a bank account. Due to the complexity of credit card transactions, many services charge higher buy fees if you don't decide to use a credit card over a debit card. (Please note that Coinbase uses an ACH bank transfer system for payments made with your bank account, meaning that funds may take a minimum of 5 days to reach your wallet. You can avoid these delays by wiring money from your bank account directly into your Coinbase wallet.

Buying ETH

Now that you have downloaded the Coinbase app and have created your account, it's now time to fund your account.
  1. 1.
    From the Coinbase app, click the blue button with arrows at the bottom of your screen. ​​Then, select “Buy” from the dropdown menu. This will open up a list of a bunch of different crypto assets, please select the crypto asset of your choice. For this case, we will be purchasing ETH, once you have selected “Ethereum,” next click “Trade.”
  2. 2.
    On the next screen, enter the desired amount of Ether you would like to purchase. After deciding on the amount you would like to purchase, click the blue “Preview Buy” button.
  3. 3.
    Once you reach the “Order Preview” screen, please review all of the information and confirm everything looks in order. Once you have reviewed this information, click the blue “Buy Now” button to purchase your ETH. This will direct you to a confirmation page.
Please note that you can also create a Coinbase account at Both platforms are extremely user-friendly and easy to navigate.
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