Cronos chain network is the mainnet for Crypto.Com decentralized exchange.
The Cronos chain is an Ethereum Virtual Machine, and its compatible with the popular MetaMask.
Like most centralized exchanges (e.g. Binance) which settle transactions with their native currency, the Cronos base settlement currency is $CRO.
$CRO is currently integrated with the cryptocurrency exchange, its mobile app and its native wallet.
Cronos is running on a Proof of Authority (PoA) consensus, and is powered by Ethermint – a PoS chain interoperable with Ethereum.
It aims to scale the Chain DeFi ecosystem, by allowing developers to port apps and smart contracts from Ethereum and other EVM-compatible chains.
Anyways, here’s how you can simply add Cronos network to MetaMask, so to get you connected to the native mainnet.
Let’s dive straight in…
How to add Cronos mainnet to MetaMask
If you have not downloaded MetaMask browser extension, you should head to the official website to download it.
Once you’ve got the extension, you can then follow these steps below…
1. Set-up the MetaMask wallet
To set-up the MetaMask browser extension properly, you should create a wallet account using your desired password details.
As soon as the wallet account is created on the MetaMask, you will automatically have an Ethereum mainnet based wallet.
In other to enable Cronos chain tokens on it, you will have to add Cronos network to MetaMask, so you can access Crypto.Com native chain.
2. Add Cronos chain to MetaMask
Under your MetaMask, switch the connected blockchain by clicking on ‘Main Ethereum Network tab to open the dropdown menu.
On this menu, you’ll find all the blockchains you’re connected to (but only if you’re connected to any), so you need to scroll down to ‘Custom RPC’.
Enter these Cronos chain network settings as follows:
- Network Name: Cronos Chain
- New RPC URL: https://evm-cronos.crypto.org
- ChainID: 25
- Symbol: CROS
- Block Explorer URL: https://cronos.crypto.org/explorer/
Once you have all those details in place, you’ll be connected to Cronos mainnet with your wallet!
3. Send $CRO to MetaMask from Crypto.Com
To start interacting with decentralized applications on the Cronos mainnet, you will need to have $CRO token in your wallet.
The easiest method would be to send your $CRO token to your MetaMask wallet via the Crypto.com exchange platform itself.
There is a minimum of 0.4 $CRO to withdraw through the Cronos network, and it cost 0.2 $CRO for a $CRO withdrawal.
This is no matter how big or small your withdrawal might become.
At the exchange, please ensure to select the ‘Cronos Network’ when sending $CRO tokens over, and not the ‘CRO’ network.
Once you have selected the network, you can send your $CRO to your MetaMask, then you will see $CRO on your wallet account.
If you followed this guide thoroughly, by now you must’ve known how to add Cronos to MetaMask wallet account easily.
This is like adding Binance Smart Chain network, and just being CRO Network this time around.
Mind you that sending your initial $CRO token to the ‘CRO’ network would result in additional fee (and work) to send it to the Cronos network again.
The CRO network would also require a memo, which isn’t needed, if you’re sending it to the correct Cronos Chain network.
Lastly, I will advice you to make use of crypto VPNs, so you can be pretty sure that your transaction footprints are hidden.