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How to Set Up a Phantom Wallet on Solana (Beginner’s Guide)

Medb Kiely-Cuddy
Last updated: | 11 min read

Phantom Wallet is a popular option for crypto investors looking to store coins and NFTs on Solana. The wallet has become the go-to choice for investors on these networks since it launched three years ago.

The web3 wallet was developed on the Solana blockchain but also allows users to store crypto assets and other decentralized applications (dApps) from Ethereum and Polygon (MATIC).

In this guide, we will walk you through how to setup a Phantom wallet. We’ll explore installations on both mobile and desktop and explain the different settings of this non-custodial wallet.

How to Setup Phantom Wallet on Desktop


Although many of us now use mobile devices for our financial and crypto transactions, desktop devices are still popular, especially when it comes to the Phantom Wallet. So, for those of you looking to use a laptop or a computer, let’s take you through the steps you need to get started.

Step 1: Visit the Official Website

Firstly, head to the Phantom website and ensure that you are downloading the latest version of the Phantom Wallet from the website or an authorized affiliate. On the website, you will be automatically met with the below message: “Download for desktop.”

download phantom for desktop

Step 2: Choose a Browser

The next step is to select the appropriate browser you will be using to set up the Phantom Wallet. There are four options for doing this. Chrome, Firefox, Edge, and Brave. For this instance, let’s look at this using Chrome.

Once you’ve chosen your browser (Chrome), you will be taken to the download page on the web store, where there will be the option to “ Add to Chrome.” Click this, followed by “Allow” when you are asked to “Add extension,” this will then begin the download process.

phantom browser extension

Step 3: Create a New Wallet

A new window will appear following the completion of the download, promoting you to “Create a new wallet.” Click this, and you will then be asked to enter a password. Ensure this is a secure and memorable code.

create a new phantom wallet

Step 4: Store Your Secret Recovery Phrase

So you have a secure password, however even more important than your password is this the secret recovery phrase. This set of 12 words is used if you ever lose access to your wallet or password. They are a standard for non-custodial wallets. We recommend writing it down on a piece of paper and storing it somewhere safe. Never share this with anyone.

phantom recovery phrase

Step 5: Finish Installation

Finally, you’ve installed the Phantom Wallet. You will see an option to pin the extension on your browser. Once you enable this, it will appear on your browser toolbar, and you can then access it at any time by clicking on the icon.

phantom wallet created in browser

How to Setup Phantom Wallet on Mobile


For trading crypto on the go, the Phantom Wallet mobile app is a handy option. Let’s take a look at what you need to do to set this up on your mobile device.

Step 1: Visit the Official Website

To download the mobile version, you can either go directly to the iOS or Google Play Store on your phone or do this on your desktop, where you will be presented with a QR code to complete the process on mobile.

download phantom for mobile

Step 2: Go to the App Store

For simplicity, let’s start on our iOS mobile device and download this from the App Store. Simply search for “Phantom Wallet”. Then you will get the below result.

app store with phantom wallet

Step 3: Create a Wallet

Once downloaded, open the app, and you’ll be presented with two options, “Create a new wallet” or “I already have a wallet.” Tap “Create a new wallet.” You’ll be guided through the setup process, including setting up your 12-word recovery phrase.

phantom create wallet option on mobile

Step 4: Sign in to an Existing Wallet

If you already have a wallet, tap “I already have a wallet.” A toggle will appear to enable face ID, and then you will be asked to enter your secret recovery phrase.

Here, you will need to enter this numerical order. You do not need to enter the numbers in which they are ordered. So if the first three phrases are “1. hello 2. tuesday 3. fish”, you simply enter “ hello tuesday fish.” Make sure to only capitalize the phrases if that’s how they were originally presented.

 

Step 5: Account Set-up Complete

If entered correctly, your account will appear. Select it, and it will import your account. Now, your mobile version of Phantom Wallet is ready for you to use.

importing existing wallet on phantom

Understanding The Different Settings


Okay, so you have downloaded or installed the Phantom Wallet on your desktop or mobile. Now, it’s time to adjust the different settings on the wallet. To begin, click the settings icon, which will give you a full list of options.

account settings on phantom

Selecting the Right Network (Solana)

One of the first settings to check is the active networks that are enabled for your use. Three main networks power the Phantom Wallet. The first, by default, is Solana, as this is a Solana blockchain wallet, followed by Ethereum and Polygon. You can enable and disable the latter two. However, the Solana network is a permanent fixture.

The Bitcoin network can now also be added. However, this option is currently in Beta mode, so it may be wise to wait until it is fully active to use this.

active networks on phantom

Finding Your Public Address

Next in the Phantom Wallet guide, you need to be able to find your public wallet address, which typically you will need to receive payments from other wallets. Unlike your private key, this can be shared with others. You will need to ensure you choose the right address, depending on the network you are receiving the payment from.

To find this, click “Manage Accounts” in settings, which will then take you to the page below.

edit account details on phantom

Tap “Account addresses” to see your public addresses for Solana, Ethereum, and Polygon. All that is required is to select the correct address and provide this to the party you are hoping to receive payment from.

the public addresses of your phantom acount

Configuring Preferences

To further personalize the Phantom Wallet, you can access the preferences section on the settings page. Here you will be able to adjust the language and choose a default app wallet. There is also a more advanced option, “Preferred Explorer,” where you can change the default block explorer. However, this can be left alone.

preferences in phantom mobile app

Funding Your Phantom Wallet


Okay, now that you have configured your account and found your wallet address, you might be asking how to put money in your Phantom Wallet. You will need to have Solana tokens to use the different features of the Phantom Wallet. Let’s find out how you can buy Solana and add tokens to Phantom Wallet.

Buy Solana on a Centralized Exchange

If you don’t already hold Solana, the first option is to buy SOL from a centralized exchange (CEX). Buying it is simple; exchanges like Binance give you the option to buy the token, and all you need to do is register and verify your account.

After your account is verified, you can buy the amount of SOL you want with a debit or credit card. You will be able to do this directly on the Binance app. It is important to buy SOL first; otherwise, you will not be able to fund your Phantom Wallet.

buying solana on binance

Once you have bought Solana tokens and are ready to send them to your Phantom Wallet, all you need to do is make a withdrawal request. Select the token (Solana), copy the wallet address from your Phantom Wallet, as we did above, and ensure you chose the right network. Click confirm, and the crypto will be sent to you.

Buy Solana Directly in Phantom Wallet

Alternatively, you can buy Solana directly from your Phantom Wallet. All you have to do is click “Buy,” as seen below. Once done, you will be able to get the list of payment providers — currently, only Coinbase and MoonPay can be used. The fees on this can be quite high compared to an exchange.

buy solana in phantom

There is the benefit of doing this directly in-app, however, but you will first need to create an account with the two payment providers, and then you can make future payments easier.

What Can You Use Phantom Wallet For on Solana?


Phantom Wallet is your gateway to accessing the decentralized applications (dApps) built on the Solana blockchain. The non-custodial wallet allows you to stake SOL, buy NFTs, and even trade tokens that are also on the network. Let’s go through these individually.

Staking Solana in Phantom Wallet

One of the main use cases on the platform is staking. It is easy to stake Solana while using the Phantom Wallet and earn extra SOL by doing so. All you need to do is click on the “start earning SOL” after you are on the token page to begin.

solana wallet with option to stake on phantom

After clicking this, you will be presented with a list of validators. Once you have chosen a validator, all you need to do is enter the amount you want to start with and hit “Stake.”

Trade Crypto on Decentralized Exchanges (DEXs)

Trading on DEXs is another major use case on the Phantom Wallet, as you can directly trade and purchase tokens listed on exchanges like Jupiter and Raydium. By connecting to these marketplaces, you will be able to access some additional cryptos that are not listed on the Phantom Wallet.

dapps on phantom wallet

Buy NFTs

Finally, unlike other non-custodial wallets like MetaMask, you can buy and store NFTs in your Phantom Wallet. To do so, you will need to use platforms like Magic Eden, listed above. Once you click on this, you will see a list of NFTs available to buy using SOL. After choosing and buying one, these will be transferred to the Phantom Wallet, where you can view them.

magic eden marketplace

How to Withdraw From Phantom Wallet to Your Bank Account


So, you’ve installed your wallet, traded, staked, and made a profit. You might be wondering how to withdraw from Phantom Wallet to bank account.

Firstly, you will need to send this back to the exchange where you purchased it from. Above, we walked you through how to buy SOL on an exchange like Binance using fiat To withdraw to a bank account, you will need to send the funds back there.

Step 1: Copy the Solana Deposit Address on Binance

You will need to start by going back onto your Binance account page, where you will see the option to “Deposit.” Click on this, and you will be given several options. Once you have chosen SOL and the correct network, you will be given the deposit address. Copy this.

binance deposit option

Step 2: Send Solana from Phantom Wallet to Binance

After copying this, it is time to send your Solana from the Phantom Wallet to Binance using this address. In the wallet, you will see the option to “Send.” Click this, and it will take you to the page below. This is where you can paste the address you copied and enter the amount you want to send.

Step 3: Trade Solana for Fiat

Now that your Solana has been sent back to Binance, all that is needed is for you to trade it for a fiat currency like EUR or US. You can do this on Binance Convert. Start by selecting SOL and the fiat currency you want to trade it for, then choose the amount.

Step 4: Withdraw to Bank Account

Finally, you have exchanged SOL for EUR. All that’s left is to send this to your bank account. Under the “Withdraw Fiat” section on Binance, you will be given several options to use. Choose whichever suits you and process your FIAT withdrawal.

Is Phantom Wallet Safe to Use?


We are approaching the end of this Phantom Wallet guide, but one main question still remains: is Phantom Wallet safe? The platform has been built with a range of security features, both on mobile and desktop. The platform has been hacked before, but the team has beefed up the security features in response. They are also proactive in blocking malicious transactions.

Before even accessing the wallet, you will first need to generate a secure password, which you should never lose or share. Use a password manager if necessary.

You’ll also be given a unique secret recovery phrase. To ensure the safety of your account, please write this down and keep it somewhere safe that cannot be accessed by third parties. If someone finds this, they can use it to log in to your wallet.

To prevent this, you can enable facial recognition on mobile. The desktop extension also automatically times out after some time, prompting you to sign in again

Conclusion


Overall, Phantom Wallet is a safe, secure, and accessible platform for those looking to access decentralized applications and tokens on Solana. The platform is easy to use, both on mobile and desktop, and comes with several key features.

You can access DEXs to buy and trade cryptos on the Solana blockchain, whilst also accessing NFT marketplaces like Magic Eden. Comparing this to another non-custodial wallet, Phantom allows you to store and view your collectibles and cryptos together.

Staking can also be done on the platform, with access to a comprehensive list of validators to choose from. Once the Bitcoin Beta becomes fully available and other networks can be used on the wallet, you may see a mass migration from other wallets to Phantom Wallet.

FAQs

Is Phantom Wallet a good wallet?

Yes. Phantom is a good and secure wallet for anyone trading, staking, and wanting access to the Solana network.

Is Phantom Wallet only for Solana?

In addition to Solana, Ethereum and Polygon can also be used on Phantom Wallet, with a Bitcoin beta being slowly rolled out.

What is Phantom Wallet used for?

Phantom can be used to stake SOL, buy NFTs, and access decentralized exchanges (DEXs) to trade crypto on the network.

How can I create a Phantom Wallet?

Creating a Phantom Wallet is a straightforward process that can be done by installing the Phantom app. We’ve gone through the steps in this article one by one to guide you in the process.

Reference

  1. Phantom Wallet adds Bitcoin network (New.Bitcoin.com)
  2. Solana expands security following rug and pull hack ( CoinDesk)
  3. Phantom prevents nearly 20,000 hacks ( Yahoo News)
  4. Burn NFTs feature added to Phantom Wallet ( Investing.com)