What are Crypto Wallets?

A crypto wallet is an application or hardware device that allows individuals to store and transfer digital assets like cryptocurrencies and Non-Fungible Tokens (NFTs). Crypto wallets are based on blockchain technologies, which enable the recording of information that makes it impossible to change, hack or cheat the system.

When you download a crypto wallet, you take control of two 42-character keys; a public key, known as your wallet address, and a private key. You can think of your public key as your shareable bank account info, so copy and paste it in when people ask for your address. Your private key works like a password and should remain private.

What to look for in NFT wallets

Just as there are many banks and credit cards, there are many different crypto wallet providers to choose from. Crypto providers allow you to create a crypto wallet with an address to receive, sell and send cryptos and NFTs. In the process of creating your wallet, you will receive an individual code that will be your safeguarding key to access your wallet in case you forget your login credentials.

Attention: Make sure to keep your private key in a safe place, because if you lose your private key you lose access to your wallet and its contents (including WildEarth Animal Conservation NFTs) irretrievably! Unlike passwords, private keys can not be reset or replaced.

NFT wallet compatibility

If you already have an NFT wallet or you choose a wallet that is not on our recommended list please make sure of the following:

  • In order to receive our Animal Conservation NFTs, you need a crypto wallet that can receive NFTs minted on the Polygon (MATIC) blockchain. If this is not the case, you won’t be able to retrieve your purchased NFTs and they will be lost upon transfer.
  • If you intend not only to hold and transfer but to resell your purchased NFTs, please make sure that your wallet is connectable to large marketplaces such as OpenSea.

Some available free NFT wallets

  • Venly: available in your browser, log in with your Google, Facebook, or Twitter account
  • Torus wallet: Available on desktop and easy access with your Google Login

This list is non-exhaustive and we only recommend wallets that are free, so that you have no recurring costs to hold your wallet.

Step-by-step guide

Although there might be slight differences between each wallet provider, the core concept remains largely unchanged:

  1. Download and install the app or go to the corresponding website
  2. Watch the explanation video / read the explanation steps
  3. Follow the instructions to safeguard your wallet private key
  4. Go to your account settings and change the default blockchain setting to Polygon (MATIC) or open a MATIC wallet
  5. Copy your public MATIC wallet address (a 42-key address usually accompanied by a scannable QR code)
  6. Insert your public MATIC wallet address in the WildEarth checkout form
  7. Access your NFTs after our airdrop after January 21, 2022

Example: Opening a venly.io wallet

  1. Go to the Venly.io registration page, accept the terms and verify your e-mail or login via Google, Facebook, or Twitter
  2. Set your Master Pin
  3. Create a new Matic wallet
  4. Copy your public MATIC wallet address
  5. Insert your public MATIC wallet address in the WildEarth checkout form
  6. Access your NFTs after our airdrop after January 21, 2022