How to Add DApps Browser to Trust Wallet
DApps browsers, also known as web3 browsers, allow you to connect to decentralized applications located on a blockchain. They’re often essential for conducting cryptocurrency transactions as regular browsers aren’t compatible with decentralized applications.
While several types of DApps browsers are available, those using Trust Wallet will find that the app has its own browser. This article shows you how to activate that browser on your mobile device.
How to Enable Trustwallet Browser on an iPhone
In June 2020, Trust Wallet announced that it had removed the DApp browser feature from its app. It did this to meet new App Store guidelines. While workarounds existed, a later Apple update also prevented those from working.
Thankfully, you can still add a form of DApp browser to your Trust Wallet using WalletConnect.
As an open-source protocol, WalletConnect is compatible with a wide range of wallets and decentralized applications. It allows you to scan a QR code to connect a DApp to a mobile wallet. You can then use your iPhone to interact securely with the DApp without relying on an in-built DApp browser, such as the one that Trust Wallet is no longer allowed to have.
Using WalletConnect in conjunction with the PancakeSwap service is the closest you can get to simulating a DApp browser inside Trust Wallet on iPhones. Follow these steps:
- Open your Safari browser and navigate to the PancakeSwap website.
- Click the “Connect” button at the top-right of the screen.
- Choose the “WalletConnect” option from the list provided.
- Check that you are still on the “Mobile” tab and then choose “Trust” from the provided list of wallets.
- Your Trust Wallet app will notify you that “PancakeSwap wants to connect to your wallet.” Accept by tapping the “Connect” button.
- You will see your wallet is now connected via the top-right of the PancakeSwap screen. Conduct your transaction, ensuring you keep WalletConnect open to maintain a secure connection.
You can also use UniSwap to achieve the same result with these steps:
- Open your Safari browser and navigate to the UniSwap website.
- Tap the “Connect Wallet” option in the center of the screen.
- Select “WalletConnect” from the list of options in the resulting pop-up.
- Another pop-up appears with links to several apps. Select “Trust.”
- Tap “Open” when prompted.
- Trust Wallet will launch automatically and ask you to confirm that you wish to make the connection. Tap the “Connect” button.
- Return to your browser and conduct your transaction while keeping WallerConnect open.
What Will Happen to Your Assets in Trust Wallet’s DApps?
If you have previously used Trust Wallet’s DApp browser to interact with or manage your assets, you don’t need to worry. Your Trust Wallet is a gateway to access these assets rather than a means of storing them. All of your assets are still on the blockchain, meaning you can continue to manage them. You just can’t use Trust Wallet’s old DApp browser due to Apple’s guidelines.
Why Has Apple Cracked Down on DApps?
Apple has not released any official statements explaining why it limits or completely removes its support for DApps and DApps browsers. However, they may do so because DApps may disrupt the hold that tech companies, like Apple, have over the regulation of app development. Apple could have removed the ability to use a DApp browser inside Trust Wallet to exert some more control over the app.
How to Enable Trustwallet Browser on an Android Device
Thankfully, enabling Trust Wallet’s DApp browser on an Android device is much simpler. Follow these steps:
- Open your Trust Wallet app and select the “Settings” option.
- Tap “Preferences” and then tap the “DApp Browser” to open a new tab.
- Tap the “Enable” slider to turn your DApp browser on.
- Return to the dashboard to begin using your DApp browser. You can find it on the bottom bar of the Trust Wallet app’s main page.
Why Should You Use a DApps Browser for Cryptocurrency Transactions?
With Apple cracking down on DApps, you may wonder if it’s worth moving your cryptocurrency transactions to centralized servers. However, doing so may prove disadvantageous as DApps browsers offer several benefits that regular browsers do not. These include the following:
- Apps and browsers running over a centralized network tend to create transaction delays. These delays are typically eliminated with DApps, which conduct transactions instantly.
- You usually don’t have to pay any transaction fees when using DApps.
- The decentralized nature of DApps platforms makes them more secure. With no physical device to target, malicious entities have fewer options available for attacks.
- DApp usage is private, meaning you do not need to share your data with a more regulated platform or browser to conduct a transaction.
However, DApps are not perfect. There are several drawbacks to consider before using them:
- Platform changes and updates may occur at a slower rate with DApps. Any proposed changes must achieve a majority consensus from the DApps’ acting governance before implementation.
- DApps need a sizeable userbase before they can operate at full functionality.
- You must use a DApp browser to use many DApps.
Enable Your Trust Wallet Browser
Though Apple has made it increasingly difficult to use Trust Wallet on iPhones, you can still do so with the help of UniSwap or PancakeSwap. Thankfully, those using Android devices have a much easier time opening their DApp browser inside Trust Wallet.
Now, we want to hear from you. If you have any questions about using a browser inside Trust Wallet, let us know in the comments section below. If you’re a regular DApps user, let us know what you think about Apple’s approach to DApps and whether you think it may change in the future.