Best NFT Wallets
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NFT Wallets: Keep your Collectibles Safe

By Julie-Anne Chong

Every day, there’s news of NFT marketplaces getting hacked or people duped into buying phony NFTs or any amount of shenanigans that are, unfortunately, rife in the crypto world. How, then, do you select a suitable Fort Knox for your menagerie of animals, characters, artwork or any NFT you own? This is what we’re going to talk about today, so let’s get started!

NFT Wallet Selection Criteria

The market is chock full of wallets to choose from, with every other blockchain trumpeting their wallet to be the best/safest etc. But are they really? And how are these metrics defined and measured? We’re going to take a look at some of them, what I’d considered common-sense metrics (although someone commented once that common sense isn’t that common, really), and how each wallet measures up to them.

the NFT wallet

The following criteria are listed in some order of importance for most people:

Security

The number one no-brainer consideration. If the wallet is not secure, everything else is of no consequence. What makes a secure wallet includes:

  • 2-factor authentication (2FA).
  • Strong seed phrase (24 preferable instead of 12).
  • State-of-the-art encryption methods to prevent access to hackers.

Proactive communication about the potential risks or scams is also very much appreciated.

User Experience

The second no-brainer metric. If it’s complicated to use, whether, from poorly-designed UI or jumping through too many hoops to perform a simple transaction, you can be sure that the retention rate will drain faster than a newly-unclogged pipe.

Multi-device support

The increasing popularity of NFTs plus mass adoption has made the mobile app version the default way for them to get into the NFT game. This holds true as not everyone might have access to a computer. Security, in this case, will not only be for the wallet itself but also extend to the phone. The best kind of security ensures that even if the phone gets hacked, the wallet’s contents remain impenetrable. If the phone got lost/stolen, let’s hope the 2FA authentication isn’t on the same device as the wallet.

For those with multiple devices, moving from one to another seamlessly is a plus point for consideration.

Token Type and Blockchain Support

The wallets themselves might support a whole slew of blockchains, but most NFT marketplaces are either on Ethereum or Binance. The most common types of NFT tokens are ERC-721 and ERC-1155 and their Binance counterparts, BEP721 and BEP1155. ERC-20 tokens might also need to be supported to pay for gas fees or other transaction fees. Just make sure that the NFT type you’ve bought is something supported by your wallet. Wouldn’t it be the pits to transfer a prized NFT to a wallet, only to find out later that it’s joined the ranks of those doomed to wander in no-man’s land forever?

Customer Support Desk

It’s always nice to talk to someone when you’re in a pinch, whether it’s not getting the NFT you were expecting or having it suddenly disappear from the Collections tab. The best support is phone, preferable 24/7. After that, it’s a toss-up between Discord /Reddit channels or email support. It might be good to check out how quickly the team responds by looking at the social channels in advance before putting NFTs in it. You can also see, from past conversations, what are the FAQs and how you can avoid them, learning from others’ mistakes.

Integration with Marketplaces

Aside from the major players like OpenSea, Looksrare, Solsea and the Binance NFT marketplace, other NFT marketplaces are also marking their territory. Cardano, Solana and Tezos are home to some of these up-and-coming marketplaces, all of which have their own native wallets or some flavour.

NFT Wallet Features

In addition, exchanges are also jumping onto the NFT game, like Crypto.com and FTX. They have their own account wallets to host the NFTs, making things proprietary, in line with their sensibilities as a regular company. As the piece is focused on blockchain-based NFTs, we will cover these at another time.

Fees

Some wallets charge fees for depositing or withdrawing NFTs, so it pays to check these out before committing anything to them. This is separate from gas fees charged by the network for the transaction.

Transaction Limits

This is mainly of concern for those who do a lot of NFT trading. This also affects wait times while committing it to the network. It would be ideal if such limits didn’t exist. You could deposit and withdraw as many times as you like or as much money involved as necessary. For most of us, probably not too much to worry about.

Anonymity

Most blockchains, by nature, are public, especially the ones with mass adoption. Therefore, as long as the wallet address is known, almost anyone can have a browse in someone else’s collection. Some wallets do allow for a certain level of privacy, so this is not as easily done as is the case. However, I can’t say it’s a standard feature for all wallets. As long as your personal data isn’t in full view of the general public, I’ll consider that wallet to pass muster in this category.

While fees, transaction limits and anonymity are important, most get the standard treatment. This means gas fees only, minimal transaction limits and the basic pseudonymity found in the blockchain structure. These criteria will not be brought up unnecessarily unless there is a specific reason to do so.

Now that we have an idea of the criteria for wallet selection let’s look at some of the contenders. We’ll sort them by blockchain so that if you’re keen on a particular marketplace within that blockchain, you know which wallets to go for.

Trezor Inline

Ethereum and Binance NFT Wallets

It’s common knowledge that the Binance Smartchain started as a copy of the Ethereum network. Just compare BSCscan with Etherscan, and you get the picture. This makes it easier for mainstream NFT collectors because owning one wallet usually unlocks access to the marketplaces on both chains. The following wallets are selected with this capability in mind. 

Metamask

It’s no exaggeration to say that Metamask is currently one of the most popular web3 wallets in the crypto space. Often quoted as the top NFT wallet for both Ethereum and Binance, its user-friendly interface is a draw to beginners and advanced users alike. Available in both browser extensions and mobile apps, it’s worth noting that most NFT actions can only take place in the mobile app, with the browser extension having a very limited ability. In other words, if you choose to use Metamask to manage your NFTs, get the mobile version to enjoy what the platform offers fully.

Metamask Wallet NFT Display

How NFTs are displayed in Metamask Image via testingcatalog.com

Boasting more than a million downloads, the wallet officially supports all ETH and ERC-721 tokens, together with the ability to manually add other tokens. In addition, the ERC-1155 tokens are supported in both the mobile and browser extension versions for receiving and storing but not for sending.

The parent company, ConsenSys, is a known entity in the crypto space with institutional backing. The app is developed as an open-source project with a strong developer community working hard to identify bugs and implement new features.

Let’s gauge the wallet based on the criteria mentioned above:

  • Security  – wallet features the standard 12-word seed phrase and integrates with Ledger and Trezor for the browser extension version. Being popular comes with a price. In this case, it’s a prime target for hackers and crypto scammers. There have been requests for 2FA for the wallet, but the team says that the wallet already has better security even without the 2FA because it’s a non-custodial wallet, and all the information is stored on the blockchain.
  • User Experience – friendly UI for NFT users.
  • Multi-device support – The mobile app is where Metamask aims to capture the NFT users as the browser extension can’t view NFTs yet, hopefully coming soon. You can also buy, sell and trade your NFTs.
  • Token type support – ERC-721, partial support for ERC-1155. Manually add other tokens to the wallet.
  • Customer support – Email and Twitter support

See our full MetaMask review

Trust Wallet

Another highly-rated wallet for everyone is Trust Wallet, not only for regular crypto tokens but also as an NFT wallet. Key features include the ability to access OpenSea and other NFT-related platforms from the wallet itself, plus buying crypto with a credit card, perfect for those new to the crypto space.

Trust Wallet

A safe home for your NFTs Image via Trust Wallet

The wallet was acquired by Binance and, since then, has integrated quite tightly with the Binance ecosystem, including a built-in browser to check out DeFi ventures affiliated with Binance. It also boasts more than 25 million users, which is an impressive number.

  • Security – Biometric data is used to safeguard your wallet.
  • User Experience – very beginner-friendly and easy to view NFTs.
  • Multi-device support – only as a mobile app.
  • Token type support – ERC-721, BEP-721, ERC-1155, BEP-1155 on the Ethereum and Binance chain.
  • Customer support – Submit a ticket via the website for assistance.

See our full Trust Wallet review

Enjin Wallet

Although the Enjin wallet only supports Ethereum NFTs, I’m including it here because it is also a wallet for gamers, and we all know how big NFTs are in games. The other exciting feature is the Enjin marketplace, accessible from the wallet via a browser link. The wallet also has a multi send function for NFTs, perhaps helping to save on gas costs.

Enjin Wallet

A wallet for NFT gamers and collectors alike Image via Crypto Gaming Pool

  • Security  – finger-print scanning for wallet protection.
  • User Experience – easy to navigate within the wallet, suitable for beginners.
  • Multi-device support – only as a mobile app.
  • Token type support – ERC-721 and ERC-1155 on Ethereum only.
  • Customer support – Submit a ticket from the wallet for assistance within 12 hours except weekends.

See our full Enjin review

Solana NFT Wallets

Solana, positioning itself as one of Ethereum’s rivals, also has its own NFT marketplace, SolSea. (Totally riffing off OpenSea, which is actually a company, not a blockchain project). As the Solana blockchain experiences strong growth, this will have a knock-on effect for Solana products in the ecosystem, including SolSea. Now, if they manage to score a hot NFT sale worthy of being included in Sotheby’s or Christie’s catalogue, that’s when things could really go ballistic. In the meantime, collect some NFTs and wait.

Phantom Wallet

Built as a native non-custodial wallet for the Solana ecosystem, Phantom Wallet seeks to be the ONE wallet for all things Solana. This would necessarily include support for NFT trading for SolSea. Other wallet functions aside, it’s definitely positioning itself as a user-friendly wallet for NFT enthusiasts. The cheap gas fees on Solana also help. However, the blockchain has had a few downtimes lately due to its (still) centralised nature. While that may not affect NFT users significantly in general, it still sucks if it happens while you’re in the middle of a transaction.

Phantom Wallet

The best home for SOL NFTs Image via Phantom Wallet

  • Security  – Biometric data plus integration with Ledger for added security.
  • User Experience – easy to navigate within the wallet, suitable for beginners.
  • Multi-device support – Available as a browser extension and a mobile app for iOS users. Android users will have to wait if you didn’t get the beta invite a while ago.
  • Token type support – only SOL NFTs.
  • Customer support – Submit a ticket via the website for assistance.

See our full Solana wallets review

Cardano NFT Wallets

Of all the major blockchains, Cardano is definitely the latest to the NFT party. I’m not surprised because the peer-reviewed blockchain has always been the slowest out of the gate. That being said, there has always been a steady stream of projects being built on the blockchain, and NFT-related ones are also part of the group. Aside from the artwork and PFP type of NFTs, the sale of land on Pavia is also one of the items bringing in higher prices in the marketplace. As Cardano slowly catches up to the crypto hares, will booster rockets be needed for this plodding turtle, or it’s practically chomping at their heels?

Nami Wallet

The Nami wallet is a non-custodial native Cardano wallet, just like what Phantom is to Solana. It’s an action hub for all Cardano dApps. The usual activities of storing and sending tokens and NFTs are also accentuated by the ability to bundle multiple tokens or NFTs into a single transaction. Not sure if you can mix them up, though. You can also mint NFTs on the wallet, so that’s a nice touch.

Nami Wallet

The most no-frills wallet homepage I’ve ever seen Image via NamiWallet

Having newly arrived on the scene, the wallet itself is still a work-in-progress of sorts as new features are still being added to it. It exists only as a browser extension and only supports Cardano NFTs. However, it is also integrated with Ledger, so that’s a plus. As for customer support, there is only one social channel: Twitter. Sometimes, a simple, no-frills wallet that lets you do the necessary is all that one needs.

Merch Inline

Tezos NFT Wallets

Compared to heavy-hitters like Ethereum and Binance, Tezos has been shaping up as the alternative home for NFT artists. If Ethereum and Binance are like Broadway, Tezos is the off-Broadway version. Some of the artwork on Tezos is quite interesting, and lots of NFT artists have released some of their more experimental pieces on the Tezos network. Of course, it helps that the gas fees are as cheap as chips (before we have a rising food cost problem).

Kukai Wallet

If you’re interested in owning some of the artwork on the Tezos blockchain (hopefully before the artists make it big), check out the Kukai wallet. It is probably the most-used NFT wallet for Tezos NFTs, many of which bought an NFT at  Hic et Nun (HEN), one of the fastest-growing marketplaces in the NFT space. What makes the artwork interesting on Tezos is that some of them are also animated. These animated NFTs are fully supported in Kukai.

Kukai Wallet

A wallet that supports animated NFTs Image via Kukai Wallet on Medium

  • Security  – You can create a wallet by connecting your Google/Reddit/Twitter/Facebook account or you can create a regular crypto wallet with a 24-word seedphrase, which is nice, as most wallets only have a 12 -word seedphrase.
  • User Experience – straightforward UI with collections listed to get you started if you’re new to the space.
  • Multi-device support – only available as browser extension.
  • Token type support – only Tezos NFTs
  • Customer support – Twitter and a Telegram Channel.

Conclusion

As you can tell, what kind of wallet you want to get for your NFTs largely depends on which marketplace you go to for NFTs. The marketplace largely determines the type of wallets that can be considered. Within that group, your selection has been narrowed, and that’s when you apply the above criteria to help you determine which wallet to get.

There has been a rise in scammers and hacks on NFT marketplaces, so keep your precious NFTs safe and guard them with your life (if necessary!)

Disclaimer: These are the writer’s opinions and should not be considered investment advice. Readers should do their own research.
Cryptoenthusiast since 2020. Got involved with crypto as a swing trader and have not looked back since. It is a heady time to be involved in crypto and there is much potential ahead for the industry. When not doing crypto-related stuff, am happy to vege out doing modular origami while ogling at cute guys on K-dramas.
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