This guide provides one of the many ways to fund your wallet on the Avalanche network. This method avoids using the bridge due to reports of issues and delays in fund transfers through the bridge.
We are going to directly send AVAX tokens to Avalanche X chain, completely skipping ETH.
Note that this guide will require purchasing AVAX on a centralized exchange. For those who do not want to do this, you must use the Avalanche-Ethereum bridge.
If you don't have MetaMask, install it here.
This is where you will create or import an existing Ethereum wallet. If you don’t have an existing Ethereum wallet, select "Create a Wallet." Always keep your Mnemonic and password to yourself and make sure to write it down. Note: This is the wallet that will be used to conduct transactions on Avalanche.
Click the drop-down menu and select "Custom RPC."
Enter the following settings into their respective fields:
Network Name: Avalanche Network
New RPC URL: https://api.avax.network/ext/bc/C/rpc
1) Select "Add Token"
2) Select "Custom Token"
3) Enter the following information into the available fields:
For SNOB Contract Address: 0xc38f41a296a4493ff429f1238e030924a1542e50
Token Symbol: SNOB
Token Contract Address: 0x60781C2586D68229fde47564546784ab3fACA982
Token Symbol: PNG
4) Select "Next"
You have now successfully added the AVAX, PNG, and SnoB tokens to your MetaMask. It is time to buy some AVAX and transfer it to our wallet.
AVAX tokens exist on the X-Chain, where they can be traded; on the P-Chain, where they can be provided as a stake when validating the Primary Network; and on the C-Chain, where they can be used in smart contracts or to pay for gas.
Therefore, your native AVAX deposit address is on the X-Chain. We are going to access it through Avalanche's native tool.
Select Access Wallet to enter your wallet. To connect the wallet to a network other than the main Avalanche network, select Mainnet and choose the network you want to connect to.
You can access your wallet using your private key, mnemonic key phrase, keystore file, or Ledger Nano S.
You can find your private key on MetaMask.
After a successful login you will see your balance, assets portfolio, and various other information.
Copy your X-chain address. This is the address you are going to use for sending AVAX.
Paste this address into your AVAX withdrawal address on the exchange where your AVAX is.
Some relevant articles on how to withdraw from some of the popular exchanges:
For U.S. residents, you can use the OKcoin exchange to buy AVAX.
Once you send your AVAX tokens from your exchange, they should show up on your X-chain. We are going to move them to the C-chain so that it is visible and usable from our MetaMask wallet.
Click on Cross Chain on the left. You will be presented with a choice for Source Chain and Destination Chain. Select X-Chain and C-Chain, respectively. You will see your X and C balances, and an input field for entering the amount to transfer from the source chain to the destination chain.
Confirm the Transaction.
Now your tokens are accessible through MetaMask.