What are address nicknames?

Address nicknames allow you to get a better grasp of the address you are about to interact with. When making a transaction, you can now click on an address to see suggested nicknames or add your own.

 

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How can I add an address nickname?

Whenever you send a transaction or interact with a smart contract, you’ll notice that MetaMask might display the receiving address in one of three ways;

  • Highlighted in gray, indicating that the address does not yet have a nickname set;
  • Automatically displayed with a nickname, indicating that the address was already recognized by MetaMask, such as a token contract;
  • An address nickname set by yourself.

If you are interacting with an address that MetaMask does not automatically recognize, and the address is highlighted in gray, you can provide a nickname so you can easily recognize it in the future.

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Click the address, and find the ‘Nickname’ field. Enter a nickname of your choosing. MetaMask might also provide some suggested nicknames, which are fetched from sources such as Etherscan, ENS, or Lens.

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After clicking ‘Save’, you will notice that the address that was previously highlighted in gray, is now replaced with your newly set nickname.

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Some addresses, such as those of token contracts, might automatically display a default nickname. If the default nickname doesn’t suit you, you can always rename it to something different.

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You will be able to see the address nickname during any new transaction you make, as well as in the ‘Activity’ tab of your account.

We highly recommend setting up a nickname for each address you often interact with; this way, you’ll be certain that you’re interacting with the address that you meant to interact with.

Can I change an address nickname?

Yes! Simply click on the nickname and change away. After saving the new nickname, it will immediately be reflected.

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