In order to access dApps on the Filecoin Virtual Machine (FVM), you need to have FIL in a 0x/f410 wallet address. However, several popular exchanges have not yet been updated to support the direct transfer of FIL to a 0x/f410 address.
If you need to move FIL from an exchange that does not yet support 0x/f410 addresses follow the steps below. These steps will show you how to use a GLIF burner wallet to facilitate the transfer.
- Log into your Coinbase account. Ensure you have some FIL. Then click [Send & Receive] in the upper right-hand corner.
- Once you have selected the Filecoin asset to send in Coinbase open your Metamask wallet. Switch from the [Ethereum — Mainnet] to the [Filecoin — Mainnet] in Metamask and copy your 0x address.
3. If you enter your Metamask 0x address directly into Coinbase you will see an error. This is because Coinbase has not yet upgraded to support sending FIL to 0x/f410 addresses. You will need to send your FIL from Coinbase to an intermediary wallet that supports all FIL address types. In this example, we will use a GLIF.io burner wallet.
- To get your recipient address visit glif.io click [Connect Wallet] and create a [Burner Wallet]
- A random seed phrase will be created. You can use this seed phrase to recover this burner wallet in the future if you need to. Click [Create seed phrase] to open your new burner wallet.
6. When your GLIF wallet is created it should have an f1 address like this (eg. f1fnqqhhor2y4metvokp22kdtnl7qbg6rso7kqp7a) Copy this address and enter it as your Coinbase recipient.
7. Coinbase should no longer show an error when you send your FIL to your GLIF f1 wallet address.
8. Once the transaction is complete and the FIL is visible in your GLIF wallet open Metamask and copy your 0x address.
- Return to your GLIF burner wallet and select [Send FIL]. Paste your Metamask 0x address as the recipient. Send your total FIL balance from your GLIF wallet to Metamask — why would you want to keep FIL in a burner wallet?
10. Once the transaction is complete you should have your FIL balance in your Metamask 0x address and ready to use on any number of FVM dApps.
In the future, Coinbase may join other exchanges in allowing FIL to be sent directly to a 0x address so these steps will no longer be necessary.
How to transfer from a Metamask wallet (0x) to a Coinbase (f1) account
To reverse the process described above and send FIL from an Ethereum-based wallet like Metamask to an f1 address follow the steps below.
- If you attempt to transfer FIL from a Metamask 0x account to any f1 wallet you will get the following error: Not ETH network, set to lowercase.
This error is because Ethereum-based wallets do not natively recognize the f1 address formats.
- Once your wallet is connected click [Send/Forward FIL]
4. Paste your Coinbase address (f1) in the [Recipient] field and enter the amount of FIL you want to send. Make sure you leave a small amount of FIL on your Metamask wallet to pay the gas fee.
5. Your funds should be available at the destination after around two minutes. You can check that your funds have arrived by searching for the destination address in a block explorer.