How to buy $BLP from desktop if you don't have a wallet

Want to buy some BlastUP tokens on presale but don’t have any crypto wallet yet? No worries - our beginner-friendly tutorial will show you how to install MetaMask on a desktop, create and protect your wallet, and buy BLP with a credit card.

What is MetaMask?

MetaMask is the most popular crypto wallet in the world. It works with the majority of popular blockchains, such as Ethereum, Polygon, BNB Chain, etc. - over a hundred in total, including the upcoming Blast Blockchain - and of course, you’ll be able to store your BLP in MetaMask, too!

You can use MetaMask as a browser extension or on a smartphone as an app. We will show how to add MetaMask to Chrome.

MetaMask allows you to:

  • Store, send, and receive crypto;

  • Buy crypto with a bank card right in the wallet. You won’t need crypto to buy $BLP tokens, though, because the BlastUP Presale site already has an integration with the fiat payment service Münzen.

  • Swap (trade) one cryptocurrency for another;

  • Store NFTs;

  • View your transaction history and much more.

Now that we’ve got the basics down, it’s time to create your first MetaMask wallet. Ready? Let’s go!

Part 1: install MetaMask in Chrome

  1. Go to the MetaMask extension page in Chrome.

  2. Click on Add to Chrome.

  1. In the popup that opens, click Add Extension. Don’t worry about the warnings that MetaMask “can read and change your data on websites” or “modify data you copy and paste”: the wallet won’t do any harm to your computer! It definitely won’t steal any passwords or anything like that.

  1. Once the extension installation is complete, a new MetaMask page will open in Chrome. Check the box “I agree to MetaMask’s Terms of Use”, and the blue “Create a new wallet” button will become active.

Part 2: Create a new wallet

  1. Click on the blue button that says “Create a new wallet” and then on “I agree” in the next window.

  1. Think of a strong password of at least 8 characters. DON’T USE PASSWORDS THAT YOU COMMONLY USE FOR OTHER WEBSITES AND SERVICES. If hackers steal your password for another app, such as Instagram, and gain remote access to your computer, they might try to use that password to get into MetaMask, too.

Make sure you save this password in a safe location because there is no way to recover it if you lose it.

  1. Enter your password in the “New Password” and “Confirm Password” fields and check the box “I understand that MetaMask cannot recover this password for me”.

(There is an option to reset a lost password, but only as long as you have the secret phrase, which you’ll obtain in the next step.)

  1. Click on the “Create a new wallet” button. On the next page, watch the short video about security.

Don’t skip the video! Thousands of beginner users have their crypto stolen for one simple reason: they give away their secret phrase to a scammer. The video will explain how to keep the secret phrase (seed phrase) safe.

  1. Click on “Secure my wallet”. On the next page, click on “Reveal Secret Recovery Phrase”.

  1. Write down the secret phrase and/or click on Copy to Clipboard and save it in a safe location, such as the password manager.

We recommend that you make several backup copies of the secret phrase - for example, in a password manager and on a few pieces of paper that you can hide around your house.

DON’T save the secret phrase in an email, messenger, etc. Hackers could get access to it and steal your crypto.

  1. Click on Next. Now MetaMask will check if you have indeed saved the secret phrase. Insert only the missing words to form the complete recovery phrase, with all the words in the right order.

(If you accidentally click Next before saving the secret phrase, close everything, open MetaMask again, and create a new wallet from scratch. Make sure to save the recovery phrase this time!)

In this example, you’ll need to go through the recovery phrase you’ve just saved and count words to find the 3rd, 4th, and 8th words. Once you’ve entered the missing words, the blue Confirm button will become active. Click on it.

  1. If you entered the words correctly, you’ll see a Wallet Creation Successful message.

DO READ the warnings about the secret phrase. They are important!

  1. If you see a popup about MetaMask Snaps, close it.

  1. Finally - you have a MetaMask wallet! We recommend that you pin MetaMask in Chrome so that you always have it at hand. To do this, click on the Manage Extensions icon in the top right and on the pin icon next to MetaMask.

Now you’ll always be able to open MetaMask by clicking on the cute fox icon in Chrome’s extensions panel.

OK, you have a wallet - now it’s time to buy some $BLP!

Part 3: Buy $BLP

BlastUP has partnered up with the fiat payment provider Münzen so that you can buy $BLP tokens even if you don’t have any crypto yet.

  1. Go to the BlastUP Presale page. Next to where it says “Buy With”, click on the word “Ethereum”. A drop down with several payment methods will open. Click on “Bank Card”.

  1. Now you’ll see “Bank Card” as the selected method. Where it says “You Pay”, enter the amount you want to spend in USD. In the “You Receive” field, you’ll see how many BLP tokens you’ll get for that amount.

  1. Click on the blue Connect button. A dropdown with a list of supported wallets will open. Click on MetaMask.

  1. MetaMask extension will open, and you’ll probably need to enter the wallet password. After that, MetaMask will ask you to approve the connection to the BlastUP site.

  1. Click on Next.

  1. Click on Connect.

  1. Now that you are connected, the blue tab in the top right of the screen will show part of your wallet address.

  1. The blue button on the Presale page should now say “Buy Now”. Click on it.

  1. The payment widget will display an amount in USDT - cryptocurrency that is equivalent to US dollars ($1 = 1 USDT). Don’t worry: you will get $BLP in the end. Click on Proceed.

  1. Enter your email address and agree to the Terms of Service. Click on Proceed.

  1. A verification code will be sent to your email. Enter it in the nex window and then fill in your personal information - first and last name and country. Click on “Confirm and Proceed”.

Enter your payment details and billing address (click on the Add icon to enter your billing address). Click Proceed. Once again - don’t worry, you are buying $BLP tokens and not USDT.

Click on Proceed and wait for a payment status update. You might need to enter a security verification code in your banking app or perform some other verification, depending on your card issuer. If the payment is successful, your $BLP tokens will soon appear in your profile on https://BlastUP.io/.

To check, click on the blue button with your wallet address in the top right of the screen (MetaMask needs to be connected). Check the number next to “My $BLP Holding”.

In conclusion: Important things to know about MetaMask

  1. You will have the same MetaMask address for all networks (blockchains) that you add - Ethereum, Polygon, etc. For example, when buying BLP (BlastUP) tokens, you’ll be asked to provide a single EVM address - and later you’ll receive the tokens on the Blast Blockchain

  2. Every blockchain has its own native cryptocurrency, which is used to pay transaction fees. On Ethereum it’s ETH, on Polygon it’s MATIC, on Blast Blockchain it is BLAST, and so on. Before you can make any transactions in MetaMask, you’ll need some native coins, depending on which network you are using. You won’t need any crypto to buy BLP tokens (because you can buy them with a bank card), but later you’ll need some BLAST to pay the network fee if you want to send BLP to another address, for example,

  3. MetaMask is a non-custodial wallet. This means that it doesn’t act as a custodian of your funds the way a bank does, for example. MetaMask doesn’t ask for your email address, and it doesn’t store your password anywhere. So if you lose your wallet credentials, there will be no way to recover them. You’ll lose access to your crypto forever.

This sounds stressful, right? But in the world of crypto, being sovereign over your money is considered very important. A bank can freeze your account; a centralized crypto exchange can freeze your account; but nobody can freeze your MetaMask.

  1. Instead of a login and password, MetaMask uses a secret phrase. It is also called a seed phrase or mnemonic. It consists of 12 words, such as “goose big house drive banana beautiful star run bicycle shoes extreme cheese”. The secret phrase will be generated and displayed when you create a MetaMask wallet, and it’s your job to save it and store it very, very safely.

If anyone gains access to your secret phrase, they will be able to get into your wallet and steal all your crypto, including your BlastUP BLP tokens. So you must never, ever share it with anyone.

And if for some reason you lose access to your wallet (for example, if your laptop dies) and you don’t have the secret phrase saved, you’ll lose access to your BLP forever.

That’s it - you’ve successfully created a MetaMask wallet, purchased $BLP on the presale and even learned about MetaMask security! Now you just have to wait for the Token Generation Event (TGE) to be able to claim the tokens and receive them to the wallet. Stay tuned for more updates from BlastUP!

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