How to find out your address and how to use blockchain explorer
Do you want to know where the transaction went? Do you not understand the Explorer interface?
Your cryptocurrency address is a ticket to the world of WEB3. Briefly about the main thing: where to get address, how to track the address, how to find out the balance of the address and any other additional information.
Before you can find out your blockchain address, no matter how strange it may sound, you need to create it.
We should mention that it is most convenient to create a wallet through services such as Metamask, Trust Wallet or any other service that operates on the required network.
Most networks require a separate wallet. For example, the most popular wallet Metamask will not allow you to store the native BTC token or the native TRX token.
If you are new to cryptocurrency and have not yet figured out the variety of networks, we recommend that you install the Trust Wallet wallet. What makes this wallet unique is that it allows you to own multiple cryptocurrencies in one place.
Install Trust Wallet
Most crypto wallets display the address on the main page. But there is also a universal method for all wallets:
You need to click the "Receive" button
Select the network token whose address you want to receive
Copy the address or save the QR code of your address for future use or transfer to a counterparty
IMPORTANT! Note that Metamask, which you’ve most likely heard of, only supports EVM networks. Also, Metamask does not automatically add non-native tokens, which means that you will have to manually add the display of each token.
How to find a wallet?
Blockchain explorer (or blockchain browser, including blockchain scanner) is a web interface that allows you to view and explore the blockchain, i.e. a chain of blocks that are stored on different network nodes.
Using a blockchain explorer, you can view all transactions, addresses, blocks, hashes and other data associated with a specific blockchain. In order to find a wallet, you can use a blockchain explorer, also known as a scanner.
Explorers of the main networks
In this article we tried to convey the essence in the most accessible language. If you are interested in more in-depth information, you can read this article.
Each scanner operates on the same network. That is, if you want to find the address of a specific network, you need to use the explorer of that network. Below are examples of the TOP 10 most popular networks, as well as some of the networks that are most often googled online.
IMPORTANT!If you are looking for a token explorer for USDT, USDC, SHIB, etc., you should search for these tokens on their network. For example, USDT is a popular token on the Ethereum network (the token will have an ERC-20 annotation if it is on this network) and Binance Smart Chain (the token will have a BEP-20 annotation).
How to use Explorer?
Explorer — displays the blockchain in tabular form. Using the explorer comes down to searching for a specific transaction, address, or simply to get acquainted with network statistics.
Here is an example of using one of the most popular explorers, Etherscan:
In the search bar, we can enter our address. For example, we will use the hot wallet of the Binance exchange:
After searching, we get to the address page:
Here we can find out the current balance of the address, ownership of tokens, presence of the address in other networks, dates of the first and last transaction. Also, if the address is verified by Etherscan, we can see the address tag, in our case it is Binance 14.
The address page also contains information about all transactions. For convenience, all transactions are divided into sections.
For example, there is a tab with a transaction with a native token and with a non-native token. Simply put, in the Transactions tab you see transfers of the ETH token (since we are looking at an address in the Ethereum network), and in the Token Transfers tab, we can see all transactions of ERC-20 tokens.
Transactions are presented in tabular form. Each line displays the transaction hash, the transfer method, the block number in which the transaction is located, the sender, the direction of the transfer, the recipient, the volume of tokens, and also, in the case of transferring an ERC-20 token, the token ticker.
Thus, when using a scanner, you can remotely check the balance of your address, see the balances of other addresses of interest, as well as a list of all transactions, similar to a bank statement.
How to improve your experience using explorers?
If it seems to you that Explorer is far from the simplest thing, believe me, you are not alone. Explorer is indeed not the most interface-friendly resource for the user. In cases where you simply do not need to understand the explorer, you can use the Btrace tool.
Btrace is a solution from AML Crypto that analyzes the address and displays all available information.
Using Btrace, you can find out information about the Risk Score of an address, the number of incoming and outgoing transactions, and the time the address is active by day and hour.
Also, information about the address name, address type, as well as additional information about the use of the address by a specific wallet, interaction with all exchanges, DeFi tools, exchangers, and various crypto-incidents has been added to many addresses.
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