How to Create a Phantom Wallet: A Step by Step Guide

What is a Phantom Wallet?

Phantom is a crypto wallet that is used to store, send, receive, stake, and swap tokens on the Solana blockchain.

With Phantom Wallet, you can transact and interact with decentralized finance (Defi) apps, exchanges, Non-fungible token (NFT) platforms, and games on the Solana blockchain.

The phantom wallet is overall the best Solana wallet for NFT, DEFI, Staking.  Almost all Solana-based NFT Marketplace supports phantom wallets.

Like Solflare, Phantom does not have a Web Wallet, it only has a browser extension,  IOS and Android applications. 

Why Should You Consider Using Phantom?

It’s:

  • Intuitive interface
  • Non-custodial
  • Token  swaps
  • NFT Support
  • Ledger support
  • Web3 support
  • SOL staking (you can earn rewards)
  • Can transfer SOL, USDC, and USDT

Phantom, the native wallet of Solana, reached the 1 million+ active user mark on October 2021.

Phantom Technologies, Inc. raised $9 million from a16z, Variant, Jump Capital, and Defi Alliance. The company said that they will be using this fund to expand staff, develop new features, and expand to other blockchains; it already supports Ethereum blockchain.

According to Brandon Millman, the CEO and Co-founder of Phantom, Phantom Wallet will be a multi-chain wallet in the upcoming future.

In this guide, We have covered everything from, how to install a phantom wallet, to setting up your phantom wallet in a chrome browser to launching your phantom wallet.

How to Create a New Phantom wallet?

Ensure to follow the below step-by-step process to set up the Phantom Wallet extension and create a Phantom account.

Step 1: Download the extension

Step 2: Click on Phantom Wallet extension

Step 3: Click on Create New Wallet

Step 4: Storing Secret Recovery Phrase or Mnemonic

Step 5: Create a password for your wallet

Step 6: Keyboard shortcut

Step 7: Use Phantom

1. Download the extension

To download the Phantom wallet extension, you need to go to the Phantom website or can directly go to the Google Chrome extension store or Firefox extension.

Phantom

Click on the Add to Chrome/ Add to Firefox button whether you are in the Phantom website or Chrome extension store/ Firefox extension store.

Phantom Chrome extension

or

Phantom Firefox extension

Clicking the Add to Chrome/ Add to Firefox button will add Phantom Wallet Extension to your browser.

2. Click on Phantom Wallet extension

Now you’ve successfully added the Phantom Wallet Extension to your browser.

On the successful installation, the Phantom wallet window will automatically open in the new tab. If not, you can click the puzzle icon on the top right of your browser and click on the Phantom Wallet.

Phantom Wallet extension

For the faster access in the subsequent times, you can use ‘pin icon’ to pin the Phantom Wallet extension.

Or

In Firefox, click the Phantom Wallet Icon on the top right in your browser window.

Phantom Firefox extension

Now, it will open in the new tab.

3. Click on Create New Wallet

After clicking the Phantom Wallet, you could see two options:

  • Create New Wallet
  • Use Secret Recovery Phrase

Since you are a new user, click on Create New Wallet

Phantom wallet

Checkout: How to Change and Recover Phantom Wallet password

4. Storing Secret Recovery Phrase or Mnemonic

After clicking the Create New Wallet, you could see the Secret Recovery Phrase aka Mnemonic.

Kindly note it somewhere private. You could only recover your account via Secret Phrase. There is no other alternative to this. If you lost your Recovery Phrase, you lost everything.

You can copy the code by clicking the Copy button underneath the Secret Recovery Phrase.

Phantom Wallet secret phrase

You can store your Secret Recovery Phrase in a hardware wallet, a mobile wallet, or a desktop wallet. Otherwise, you can write it down on a piece of paper and keep it somewhere private.

Once you note down your Secret Recovery Phrase, click OK, I saved it somewhere.

5. Create a password for your wallet

The next step will be creating a password for your Phantom Wallet.

You can type your password in the Password field and Confirm Password. Ensure to set a solid password with combinations of numbers, alphabets, and special characters.

Phantom Wallet

After typing the password, you have to select the check box and Click Save; make sure to read the Terms of Service before selecting. In a nutshell, Terms of Service include a privacy policy, third-party services, content ownership and removal, rights, fees, account termination policy, and government law.

6. Keyboard shortcut

After setting the password, now your browser window will show an instructional message for ease of use.

That is nothing but a shortcut to open Phantom Wallet. Click Alt+Shift+P together to open Phantom Wallet without navigating in your browser.

Here, you need to click the Continue button.

Phantom Wallet

This is one of the cool features to use.

7. Use Phantom

On the successful completion of all steps mentioned here, you could see the message below. Click Finish.

Phantom Wallet

It indicates that you’ve successfully installed the Phantom Wallet Extension and created a Phantom Wallet account.

To transfer Solana from other Marketplaces, refer to these detailed guides:

Conclusion

You have successfully created a Phantom Wallet account.

Now, you could send Solana to your Phantom wallet, stake it, swap it, and buy NFT using your Phantom wallet.

You need a secure wallet like a phantom to navigate Solana Ecosystem from DEFI, play-to-earn games, NFTs, and Metaverse.

Always remember to store your Secret Recovery Phrase in multiple places to prevent it from losing. If you lost them, nobody can access your account—even Phantom developers.

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