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How to Access DApps on Your Mobile Phone

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November 20, 2020

Using DApps on your smartphone is not as daunting as it may seem — CMC breaks it down for you right here.

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In 2020, more people have accessed the internet via their smartphones than desktop computers, globally. While that may not yet be the case for Web 3.0, it likely will be in the future. 

In this guide, you will learn how you can access decentralized applications (DApps) on-the-go using your mobile phone. 

What Are DApps? 

Decentralized applications, commonly referred to as DApps, are open-source applications that operate in a distributed peer-to-peer blockchain network. 


Unlike traditional software applications, DApps are typically not controlled by a single centralized entity. Instead, DApps are — as the name suggests — decentralized. That means there should be no single point of failure, nor should one entity be in control of the software. 


Decentralized applications are composed of a suite of smart contracts that interact with one another autonomously once the protocol is deployed on a blockchain. 


Examples of leading DApps include the popular crypto collectible game, CryptoKitties; the leading decentralized exchange, Uniswap; and the decentralized lending protocol, Compound. 


The majority of DApps (2,000+) operate on the Ethereum blockchain, which has benefited greatly from its first-mover advantage in the smart contract platforms space. However, you can also find decentralized applications on other smart contract-enabled blockchains, including EOS, Tron and Binance Smart Chain.  


To use Ethereum DApps, users require an Ethereum wallet that can interact with smart contracts. An example would be Trust Wallet, which enables users to seamlessly interact with decentralized applications on desktop and mobile.  

How to Access DApps on Mobile

As internet users move away from their desktops and onto their smartphone screens, DApp usage is increasing. Fortunately, there are mobile wallets with built-in DApp browsers that enable users to interact with decentralized applications directly from the palm of their hand. 


Using Trust Wallet’s in-app DApp Browser, users can access decentralized applications on Ethereum, Binance Smart Chain and other blockchains on-the-go. 


While we are using Trust Wallet in this example, the process to access DApps on mobile is effectively the same on all mobile DApp browsers. 


To access DApps using Trust Wallet, take the following steps: 


  • Access www.trustwallet.com;
  • Download the Trust Wallet app; 
  • Once the wallet is downloaded on your smartphone, back it up by writing down the 12-word recovery seed phrase and store it securely in a safe place;
  • Now, you are ready to start using the wallet and the DApp browser. 


Before you start using DApps, however, ensure that you have some tokens of the blockchain you plan to interact with. To interact with DApps, you are typically required to pay blockchain transaction fees, called “gas” fees on Ethereum. Whichever blockchain network you use, ensure that you hold some of the network’s native token in your wallet. 


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Let’s assume that you want to interact with Binance Smart Chain-based DApps. In that case, you should transfer some BNB to your Binance Smart Chain address in your Trust Wallet, or buy BNB directly via the app. 


Now, you are set to explore the world of Smart Chain DApps in the DApp Browser. 


To ensure the utmost security for its users, Trust Wallet carefully vets DApps it allows onto its in-app DApp marketplace. 


To start, click the DApp Browser button at the bottom of the menu bar, at which point you will be taken to the Trust Wallet DApp Marketplace dashboard. 


You can choose between the different types of available DApps ranging from blockchain games to decentralized finance protocols and more. 


If you are looking for a specific DApp, the easiest way to access it is to type the URL of the application into the DApp browser. 


Once the UI of the DApp pops up, you will be asked to connect your Trust Wallet. At this point, you need to choose which wallet you want to connect.


Let’s assume you want to deposit some crypto to earn interest — one way to do so is to use a decentralized money market protocol like Cream to deposit BNB. Cream, as its decentralized nature suggests, allows users to borrow crypto and earn interest on crypto deposits without the need for a central authority.

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In that case, you will need to connect your Smart Chain wallet to the application within the DApp browser. 


As soon as you are connected, you can go ahead and deposit BNB tokens into the BNB supply. 


To approve the transaction, you will have to confirm the deposit by signing the transaction using Trust Wallet. There will be a pop-up in your DApp browser asking you to confirm the transaction. 


And that’s it! 


That’s how easy it is to interact with DApps on your mobile phone using Trust Wallet, or any mobile DApp browser. 

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