This step-by-step guide will show you how to create a new wallet on MetaMask for Chrome. This is a prerequisite for using the Energi Mainnet and Testnet networks with MetaMask if you do not have a wallet already. The guide will also cover how to backup your private key to be used on the MyEnergiWallet application, as well as import a private key if you already have one.
1. Add MetaMask Extension to Chrome Browser
1.1. Open Chrome browser and then click on the three dots at the top right corner of the browser. Select “More tools → Extensions”
1.2. Click on the 3 horizontal bars to see the drop-down menu.
1.3. Click “Open Chrome Web Store”
1.4. In the “Search the store” field, type “Metamask” and hit enter.
1.5. Select the MetaMask extension.
1.6. Click “Add to Chrome” to add the MetaMask Extension.
1.7. Select “Add extension”
1.8. Wait till Chrome finishes “Checking…”
1.9. Click “Get Started”
1.10. Select “Create a Wallet”
1.11. After reviewing the disclaimer, click “I agree”.
1.12. Enter a new password, check the agreement and then click “Create”:
1.13. Click on the padlock to reveal the secret password.
1.14. Copy the secret words on to a text editor and safely store it. Click “Next”
1.15. Pick all the secret words in the order and then click “Confirm” to continue.
1.16. Congratulations! You have added the MetaMask extension to Chrome. Click “All Done” to continue.
2. Back up your Private Key
2.1. On MetaMask’s main screen, click the three dots to the right of your current Account’s address to expand the menu, then click “Account details”:
2.2. On the Account details screen, click the “Export Private Key” button:
2.3. You will be presented an option to input your MetaMask password. Do so and click “Confirm”:
2.4. Your private key will be displayed. Notate it and store it in a safe place. It can be used to restore your wallet in the future. You can also select the “Copy to clipboard” option to copy the contents of the private key box:
ALERT!!: The private key should be handled with utmost care and safety. If anyone gets hold of it, they can access your funds associated with it. Backup the key to a secure location.
3.5. The backed up private key can be used to generate a keystore file using the MyEnergiWallet application:
3. Import an Existing Private Key
NOTE: ERC-20 tokens (including ETH) and NRG share the same private key for an account address. You can import the private key of your NRG account to create the same account address in the Ethereum Main Network. We suggest you import the private key of your NRG account so that you have the same address on Ethereum Mainnet. This is not a requirement. Just a suggestion!