Browser-based cryptocurrency wallets have many similarities and differences. However, as practice shows, you do not need to have dozens of wallets in order to store cryptocurrency on different blockchains. There are several wallets that will allow you to cover all your needs for storing cryptocurrencies.

 

Let’s see what wallets support certain blockchains? What do you need to install in Google Chrome for comfortable use? And is there a generic version?

What are browser-based cryptocurrency wallets?

Such crypto wallets are built into your browser and are considered hot (that is, constantly connected to the Internet). They usually work as a browser extension and are compatible with Google Chrome and Brave browsers.

You can install them from the official Google Extensions web store. After installing any wallet, it will appear in your browser in the upper right corner, and you will always have quick access to it.

What popular cryptocurrency wallets exist now? 

Here are some examples of popular browser-based crypto wallets:

  1. Metamask – The most popular, secure and simple of all browser wallets. Supports networks: Ethereum, BSC, Fantom, Polygon, Avalanche, Arbitrum and others.
  2. C98 – A multi-currency wallet is also a good solution for almost all popular blockchains. In addition to supported MetaMask wallet networks, it also supports Solana and Near.
  3. Polkadot.js – Designed for the Polkadot ecosystem and all networks associated with it. For example, Polkadot and Kusama.
  4. Trust.wallet – Reliable wallet from Binance, supports a limited number of the most popular blockchains: Ethereum, BSC. However, it is very useful as a mobile phone wallet.
  5. Fantom – A good, simple and reliable wallet for Solana, Fantom, etc. blockchains.

As you may have noticed, many of these wallets support the same blockchains, so you do not need to install and create a new wallet for each individual network. However, this does not always work and not with all blockchains.

Which browser-based cryptocurrency wallets should I install?

 

The most simple, secure, advanced and most famous browser-based crypto wallet is Metamask. I recommend installing it, and then you will be able to cover most of your needs for storing cryptocurrencies on different networks. I will tell you more about Metamask in a series of following articles.

Metamask is really an ideal wallet option, especially for beginners. However, it also has its drawbacks. For example, it does not support the extremely popular and currently in demand Solana blockchain. In order for you to be able to work with this network as well, I recommend downloading Fantom.

Also from known Metamask networks do not support Polkadot and Near. If you suddenly need to interact with these blockchains, you can install Polkadot.js for Polkadot and C98 for Near.

As a result, for the sake of interest, you can download and try all browser-based cryptocurrency wallets. But in practice, literally 2–3 is enough to fully work with all cryptocurrencies