How To Transfer NFTs From Coinbase Wallet to MetaMask

Coinbase Wallet and MetaMask are two popular accounts to store crypto assets, but they’re not fully interoperable. For instance, you can import a MetaMask account to a Coinbase Wallet, not the other way around. So, how do you transfer NFTs from Coinbase Wallet to MetaMask?

Here’s how to transfer NFTs from Coinbase Wallet to MetaMask:

  1. Send NFTs from Coinbase Wallet Collectibles.
  2. Gift NFTs from OpenSea to MetaMask Wallet.
  3. Transfer NFTs through Polygon or other bridges.
  4. Transfer NFTs from Coinbase or Coinbase Pro.

You may find a lot of misinformation online about how to transfer NFTs from Coinbase Wallet to MetaMask. This entire realm of cryptocurrencies and NFTs is still undergoing tectonic changes, so nothing is etched in stone. Therefore, you’ll want to select one of the methods I explain here.

1. Send NFTs From Coinbase Wallet Collectibles

Coinbase Wallet is a custodial, or self-custody account, so everything in it is actually on your device, i.e., Android or iOS. In contrast, MetaMask is a non-custodial wallet.

This difference is the fundamental reason you can’t import Coinbase Wallet to MetaMask for now. Also, this distinction explains why you don’t get a private key for your Coinbase Wallet. The security keys you select for Coinbase accounts aren’t the same as one distinct private key.

Before proceeding further, I must highlight one piece of misinformation that has been around for a while.

Some people are advocating online that you can enter the Coinbase Wallet recovery phrase on certain websites to convert the mnemonic code into a private key. Then, you can use the private key to import the Coinbase Wallet to MetaMask.

For security reasons, I’ll not share the links to such videos, websites, articles, forums, and elsewhere. Don’t share or enter a crypto wallet’s recovery phrase and private key anywhere. This precaution applies to both MetaMask and Coinbase, whether wallets or websites.

Presently, the homepage of Coinbase Wallet has two sections at the center of the screen: Coins and NFTs. Above these sections are the options: Send, Receive, and Trade. So, you can send coins (Ethereum) or collectibles (NFTs) from Coinbase Wallet to other accounts.

Here are the steps to transfer NFTs from Coinbase Wallet to MetaMask:

  1. Sign in to MetaMask and Coinbase wallets.
  2. Check the NFTs section on Coinbase app.
  3. Select the NFT you wish to transfer, and go to the Send option.
  4. Or, you can use the QR code generated by the MetaMask wallet for the same action. However, you’ll need to run MetaMask on another phone to use the QR code option.
  5. Once you click on Send, Coinbase Wallet will take you to a page where you can enter the public wallet address of your MetaMask account.
  6. You’ll find this information on your MetaMask Wallet. Log in, tap on the Account at the top of the screen, and you’ll get a prompt to copy the address.
  7. Copy this public MetaMask Wallet address to the clipboard on your phone and paste it into the box on the Coinbase app.
  8. Pay the network fee (aka gas) and complete the transfer of an NFT from Coinbase Wallet to MetaMask.

These steps are straightforward if the process pans out as it should. 

However, you may witness a few issues. For instance, you may not find an NFT on your Coinbase Wallet, the MetaMask ID or address can fail verification, and the transfer might not proceed as expected.

Both Coinbase and MetaMask are still evolving in regards to NFTs as I write this article. For example, the MetaMask wallet supports NFTs, but the web extension is yet to add this feature. 

This is why you’ll want to consider a few alternatives if the straightforward transfer doesn’t work.

2. Gift NFTs From OpenSea to MetaMask Wallet

If you can’t transfer NFTs from Coinbase Wallet to MetaMask for whatever reason, you can always use the NFT exchange or marketplace to access your asset. Then, you can send or transfer it to your preferred wallet.

Consider OpenSea as an example. 

You can have multiple wallets connected to your OpenSea account. So, if you’ve purchased an NFT from OpenSea and stored it in a Coinbase Wallet, you can transfer it to MetaMask.

Here are the steps to transfer or gift NFTs using OpenSea from Coinbase Wallet to MetaMask:

  1. Log in to your OpenSea account and select the NFT you wish to transfer.
  2. Look at the options at the top right just under Sell. You’ll find a gift or parcel icon. 
  3. Hover over the icon, and it will prompt Transfer.
  4. Click on the button, and the next page will ask you for a wallet address or ENS number.
  5. You can use your MetaMask wallet’s public address or Ethereum Name Service number.
  6. Copy and paste or enter the information and click on Transfer.
  7. Your MetaMask wallet may pop up if both the applications are on the same device.
  8. OpenSea will confirm the transfer, and the MetaMask wallet will show the NFT in a while.

You can get your MetaMask wallet’s address by tapping on the Account option on the app’s homepage. However, if you want to use the ENS number, check this guide to get the information for your MetaMask account.

3. Transfer NFTs Through Polygon or Other Bridges

Another reason you may not find an NFT on your Coinbase Wallet despite owning it is if the asset is on a network other than the one selected in the mobile app. For instance, Ethereum has Mainnets and Testnets. 

Also, there are other networks or bridges, like Polygon.

You can use Polygon to transfer NFTs from Coinbase Wallet to MetaMask. Both Coinbase and MetaMask support DApps or decentralized applications. Coinbase Wallet has a DApp browser, or you can find Polygon in the settings.

Polygon has 2 bridges right now: Proof of Stake and Plasma. You may use either, as both can transfer ERC-20 (Ethereum coins) and ERC-721 (NFTs).

Here are the steps to transfer NFTs from Coinbase Wallet to MetaMask through Polygon:

  1. Download Polygon Bridge.
  2. Set up your Polygon Web Wallet.
  3. Connect Coinbase Wallet to Polygon in settings.
  4. Connect MetaMask to your Polygon Web Wallet.
  5. Send your NFTs from Coinbase Wallet to Polygon Bridge.
  6. Transfer those NFTs from Polygon Web Wallet to MetaMask.

Many people don’t like to pay the high network or gas fees while transferring NFTs, which can be quite steep at times. However, the transfer costs fluctuate, so many choose to wait for the fees to dip. 

Interestingly, you can save a bit on transfer fees if you use bridges like Polygon.

4. Transfer NFTs From Coinbase or Coinbase Pro

Coinbase is expanding to include NFTs in its exchange. Currently, you can conveniently transfer Ethereum coins from Coinbase or Coinbase Pro to MetaMask. You’ll probably be able to use the same process to transfer NFTs from the Coinbase exchange to your MetaMask wallet.

Like Ethereum, the NFTs purchased through Coinbase need a wallet for storage. Thus, you can use Coinbase Wallet or MetaMask for this purpose.

Ideally, you should use the wallet where you wish to store NFTs or crypto assets while buying, selling, trading, gifting, or private sales. Then, you won’t need to transfer the assets, which will save you the network or gas fees.

Final Thoughts

Transferring NFTs from Coinbase Wallet to MetaMask or the overall interoperability among such accounts may become simpler in the foreseeable future. Like cryptos a few years ago, NFTs are now bringing about unprecedented changes. 

Thus, everything may take a while to standardize. 

Hopefully, the methods explained in this post will help you transfer NFTs from your Coinbase Wallet to MetaMask. However, you may have to tweak a few steps depending on the updates rolled out by both Coinbase and MetaMask in due course.


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