While any NFTs or cryptocurrency you own are stored directly on the blockchain, you can access and control them through your self-custodial crypto wallet. Your wallet address is a public unique identifier and can be thought of as synonymous with your OpenSea account name. For example, if you wanted to open a new “account” on OpenSea, you’d use another crypto wallet or log in with a different email.
If you got started on OpenSea with your email, your wallet is gated by your email address and your two-factor authentication. The email login you use on OpenSea can’t be used on other websites at this time; read below about exporting your private key if you’d like to use your self-custodial wallet on other websites.
At the top of your wallet on the left side, you’ll see your public wallet address. Hover and click to copy it. On the right side, you’ll see a dropdown where you can switch blockchains. Ethereum will be selected by default.
The wallet sidebar consists of three tabs: the Crypto tab, the Transactions tab, and the Settings tab. Learn about each one below.
You can click the + sign to add funds with a credit card. Upon clicking, a third-party pop-up will appear, guiding you on how to purchase funds with a credit card.
To send yourself cryptocurrency from another wallet, copy your wallet address on the left side of the wallet sidebar and follow your provider’s instructions on transferring funds to your wallet address.
You can also click the arrows to wrap or unwrap Ethereum using a third-party decentralized smart contract. If you have Wrapped Ethereum, or WETH, it’s shown as your “Offer balance” and can be used when making an offer on an item or participating in an auction.
For the most part, you’ll use the Crypto tab to see the funds you have available. Click the "Refresh" symbol next to Tokens if your wallet balance isn’t accurate. If you’ve transferred in funds from a different chain, you’ll need to switch the blockchain using the dropdown.
Similar to an order history on a traditional e-commerce website, your transactions tab allows you to see transactions you’ve made, including items you’ve purchased and funds you’ve added with a credit card.
If you’re connected to Avalanche, BNB Chain, or Klaytn, you may not see all received token or NFT transactions in your transactions tab at this time. You can find your wallet’s full transaction history on the relevant blockchain explorer.
Wallet Settings tab
In your wallet settings, you can take several actions related to your self-custodial wallet. However, if you’re looking to make edits to your OpenSea profile or account, you’ll need to hover over the profile icon on the right corner of your screen and select Settings.
Within your wallet settings, you can switch to another wallet, such as MetaMask. Keep in mind that you’ll be logged into a different account if you switch wallets.
You can update your preferred two-factor verification method, or enroll in an additional method. Learn more about this in detail in our Help Center guide.
Export your private key
Because the email login you use on OpenSea can’t be used on other websites, you may want to export your private key and import it into another wallet, such as MetaMask, if you’d like to access your items elsewhere. Learn more in our Help Center guide about exporting your private key.
It’s important to never share your key with anyone, so be sure to store it in a secure place. OpenSea does not have access to your private key and will never ask for it.
Read on when you’re ready to purchase your first NFT.