A little guiding hand... bring out the map
If you've made it here, there's a good chance you have a fair idea of how networks function and interact with one another. You've either made your way here via the CDC (Crypto.com) ecosystem, or savvied your way over from a different network by connecting via (probably) MetaMask. If not - don't worry. This page is to help guide you to being able to mint our Boomers. While we intend to have educational pieces to assist in even more basic onboarding, in this article it will be assumed that you are familiar with crypto wallets or exchanges / custodians.
Let’s first start with options available to you for those not already part of the Crypto.com ecosystem. Since a lot of you are probably using MetaMask, you can follow the steps outlined in this article to import your wallet into MetaMask (if it’s not already), and then connect it to the Cronos network.
The biggest hurdle those coming from a different chain will encounter are an easy way to transfer over funds to the Cronos network. Nowadays, this is easily fixed by making use of existing Bridges that have been built by third parties. We can’t provide any support for and are not affiliated with these, but they are fairly straightforward to use. Just like any project, however, DYOR. We have provided some links below, in no particular order, that you can check out as examples of what you are looking for.
During times of high traffic, it is possible for transactions to fail multiple times as the network is overwhelmed. There is one way to circumvent this by using different RPC addresses. Most will be using the default one listed in the popular MetaMask article, but there are alternatives. We've included a couple below.
Some exchanges also sell CRO — for example, you can buy it on the KuCoin or CoinBase Exchange. However, the only network you’ll be able to send it on is ERC-20 (Ethereum). It’s certainly an option, but you would still then have to figure out a way to get it over to the Cronos chain.
Now, there are other ways to accomplish this (though none as simple as using the above-mentioned Bridges). If you do some light research, you can find alternatives that are a bit more convoluted and advanced (going through the Cosmos network using ATOM for example, which could be necessary if you live in some parts of the US that restrict the Crypto.com App / Exchange and don’t want to use third-party Bridges). However, if you are deep into crypto enough to figure this out, this article wasn’t written for you and I doubt you’re reading it :)
If you are a Crypto.com App or Exchange user, you‘re already ahead of the game. From there, you can transfer funds to your wallet directly via the Cronos network just as you would any other. Sending or buying yourself CRO and bridging it over becomes a very simplified process. Let’s first start with some helpful material regarding the Crypto.com App. This article is quite in-depth, you should be able to find what you need if you run into any snags:
Now, you don’t necessarily need to use the Crypto.com App or Exchange, though it does make it easy. Another relatively painless but slightly more expensive way to accomplish this is to download the DeFi Wallet.
The DeFi Wallet (developed by the Crypto.com team) has built-in bridging capabilities which they refer to as the ‘CRO Migration Tool.’ There will be gas fees — although cheap, it does mean you will need some ETH in your wallet to accommodate the migration (bridging). The section titled “How do I migrate my ERC20 CRO to native CRO on DeFi Wallet?” in the following article is what you’ll be looking for:
If you do find yourself using the DeFi Wallet to navigate Cronos, you may also want to look at getting the wallet extension. You can find more information about it here:
This trick often works for those having issues using the DeFi wallet. Instead, connect via Wallet Connect