By Sid Coelho-Prabhu, Group Product Manager
In May, we introduced a downloadable browser extension that brought Coinbase Wallet onto laptops and desktops. We’ve seen incredible traction with the Coinbase Wallet extension, which made it easier to securely connect to decentralized apps (dapps) and decentralized finance (DeFi) from more devices.
Today, we’re bringing full standalone functionality to Coinbase Wallet extension. Now customers can browse dapps, access thousands of cryptocurrencies, trade on decentralized exchanges (DEXes), earn interest, and collect NFTs, all with just a few clicks.
When we first launched the Coinbase Wallet extension, we wanted to empower millions of customers to engage in the exciting world of dapps, and bringing Coinbase Wallet to desktops was a key way to increase access to the larger crypto ecosystem.
Today’s release gives the Coinbase Wallet extension full standalone functionality, unlocking the world of crypto on desktop. Now, you can browse dapps, access thousands of cryptocurrencies, trade on decentralized exchanges (DEXes), earn interest, and collect NFTs from your browser without needing to confirm transactions on your smartphone.
With today’s release, we have made it easy for both new and existing Wallet users to get started with the standalone extension.
If you have been using the Coinbase Wallet extension via WalletLink, make sure you have your recovery phrase handy and then choose ‘Sign out’ from the Settings menu in your Wallet extension. Choose ‘Import a wallet’ and then enter your recovery phrase.If you are a new customer, download Coinbase Wallet for free from the Chrome web store. If you do not already have a self-custody wallet, select ‘Create a new wallet’. If you would like to import an existing self-custody wallet, such as MetaMask, Trust Wallet, Coinbase Wallet, or another Ethereum-based wallet, choose ‘Import a wallet’ and then enter your recovery phrase.If you have been using WalletLink and would prefer to continue using the browser extension as a linked account and keep handling confirmations and signing from the mobile app, you do not need to take any additional steps. If you need to re-enable the connection, choose WalletLink in your Coinbase Wallet mobile app’s settings.You can also seamlessly link your self-custody Coinbase Wallet to a Coinbase account and access everything that Coinbase has to offer, including buying crypto with cash.
We’ll continue working to empower everyone to use dapps and web3 by building the easiest-to-use and most accessible self-custody wallet in the ecosystem.
You can download the new Wallet extension from the Chrome web store. We’re always listening to our users and welcome feedback. Follow us on Twitter @CoinbaseWallet for the latest Wallet-related news, and visit our help center for any additional questions.