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Sending your AVAX tokens from Coinbase to Metamask can be done quickly and easily. Transferring your AVAX off an exchange such as Coinbase to Metamask can be a great idea to keep your tokens safe.

In this article not only will I show you the easiest and quickest way to send your AVAX from Coinbase to Metamask but I will also give you a run down of why you should transfer your AVAX off Coinbase and the most secure way to store them.

How To Send AVAX From Coinbase To Metamask


You need to add the Avalanche network to your Metamask wallet (instructions below) and then grab your RECEIVING AVAX address, plug that into Coinbase and send your AVAX to Metamask. Confused? Read the in-depth instructions below.

Step 1: Before anything you will need the Avalanche network added to your Metamask, this is super easy to do.

Open your Metamask and from the network drop down at the top of your wallet select the “Add Network” button.

You will now be taken to a page where you can chose to add a network manually. From here you enter the network details for the network you would like to add, in this case it is Avalanche.

Below are the network details for Avalanche:

Once you have completed this you will now have the Avalanche network available on your Metamask.

Step 2: Now your Metamask can successfully receive tokens on the Avalanche network it is time to copy your receiving Avalanche address, this is the address that you will use to send AVAX tokens to from Coinbase.

With the Avalanche network selected in your Metamask click the wallet address at the top of your wallet to copy your Avalanche compatible address.

Step 3: Now to send your AVAX from Coinbase to Metamask. Once you are logged into your Coinbase dashboard simply navigate to the “Send & Receive” button at the top right of the dashboard. Clicking this will open a popup.

From this popup select AVAX as the token you would like to send or “Pay with”. Right below that drop down is the “To” input field. This is where you paste your Avalanche address that you copied out of your Metamask in the earlier step.

Step 4: Now it’s as easy as entering how much AVAX you would like to send and clicking the continue button.

And just like that your AVAX tokens are now on the way to your Metamask wallet. Congratulations you have now taken control of your crypto assets and vastly improved your security.

Why send your coins off Coinbase?


Coinbase is a custodial wallet so you do not have complete control over your private keys (which secure your wallet) and your funds. While Metamask is non-custodial which means you have complete control of the private keys which ultimately control your wallet.

As long as you store your private keys securely and DO NOT share them with anyone then you are the only one that has access to your Metamask wallet and private keys. There is still the risk of you connecting your Metamask to a malicious website giving it access to your Cryptocurrency. This is where a hardware cold wallet can come in handy, we’ll cover this later on in the article.

What is AVAX?

AVAX is the native token of the layer 1 blockchain Avalanche. Avalanche is known for its speed and reliability which helped build its thriving DeFi ecosystem. Avalanche is powered by its native token AVAX which can be used to secure the network and process transactions.

Avalanche boasts transaction speeds of over 4,000 tps which puts it on par with other high performing layer 1 networks such as Solana.

With a downtime of 0% since August of 2021 Avalanche quickly became home to DeFi protocols, even occurring a total value locked of $10 billion at its peak. At the time of writing this Avalanches TVL is $1 billion placing it at number 5 largest chain by TVL ahead of giants such as Solana and Fantom.

In the nature of this article it is worth mentioning that Avalanche has its own non-custodial wallet which is another place that you can store your AVAX tokens.

How to securely store your AVAX tokens

While Metamask is a much safer alternative to holding your crypto assets on an exchange there is an even safer way, a hardware wallet.

While Metamask is a “hot” or online wallet it is vulnerable to attacks while a hardware wallet is what is known as a “cold” or offline wallet which removes the possibility and risk of online attacks happening against your wallet.

If you want the maximum security possible and hold large amounts of cryptocurrency I can’t recommend a hardware wallet such as the Ledger more. Two of the most popular hardware wallets are Ledger and Trezor, these are both worth researching to make your decision on which to use.

I personally like the Ledger as I find the design sleeker and it has a wider range of tokens supported.


Hopefully this article not only showed you how to send AVAX from Coinbase to Metamask but also educated you on hardware wallets to increase your security.

Sending AVAX from Coinbase to Metamask is easy and is a similar method with most of the other tokens and networks available on both Coinbase and Metamask.

Interested in briding tokens to and from the Avalanche network check out these guides:

Guide To Bridge AVAX to ETH

How To Bridge AVAX To FTM