How to use Pancakeswap?

PancakeSwap is the leading DEX on BNB Smart Chain. It allows users to trade and earn a variety of BEP-20 coins through their Automated Market Maker (AMM) based exchange. Launched in September 2020, PancakeSwap has become quite a sensation in the De-Fi world, gaining popularity rapidly over the past couple of years. In this article, we cover how to get started using PancakeSwap and the steps you can take to start using PancakeSwap in no time.

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How to download PancakeSwap?

At the moment, there isn’t an app or web extension available for PancakeSwap. Similarly, as a decentralized platform, there is no need to create an account with PancakeSwap, you simply need to navigate to their website and connect your chosen crypto wallet.  So, the only thing you need to download to use PancakeSwap is your wallet app or web extension, depending on the crypto wallet you choose. 

Here you can find a step-by-step guide on how to connect your Trust Wallet to PancakeSwap.

How to connect MetaMask to PancakeSwap?

MetaMask is one of the more popular crypto wallets that is used to trade on PancakeSwap. MetaMask is a web browser extension that’s supported on Chrome, Firefox, Brave, and Edge.  Here is a step-by-step guide on how to connect MetaMask to PancakeSwap: 

  1. If you haven’t already, download MetaMask from its official download page by adding the MetaMask as a web browser extension.
  2. Open the MetaMask extension. On the top right corner, click on the network selector. By default, it will show “Ethereum Mainnet”. Click “Add Network”.
  3. Type in the details below
  4. Make sure what you typed matches the above, then click “Save”. You should now see a notification saying “BNB Smart Chain” was successfully added!”, and “BNB Smart Chain” is now the selected network option.
  5. Navigate to the PancakeSwap website in your browser. On the top right corner, select “Connect”, then select Metamask.
  6. A new window will pop up for authorization. Verify that the correct account is selected to be connected, then select “Next” to continue. Select “Connect”
  7. The popup window will disappear once the connection is confirmed. You are now all set!

How to trade on PancakeSwap?

Once you’ve set up and connected your wallet, trading or swapping tokens on PancakeSwap is very simple. Swapping on PancakeSwap involves trading one BEP-20 token for another via their automated liquidity pools. Keep in mind that since you’re only able to trade tokens with other tokens, you aren’t able to directly buy cryptocurrency using a traditional currency via PancakeSwap.  You would first need to purchase your cryptocurrency tokens elsewhere and add them to your crypto wallet. Make sure you also purchase or hold some BNB which will go towards transaction/gas fees. 

Once you have enough BEP-20 tokens in your wallet, you’re ready to get started. Here’s how to trade and swap:

1. Go to the PancakeSwap Exchange page 

Navigate to the PancakeSwap website. In the top-left corner you should see ‘Trade.’ Click on that to be directed to the ‘Swap’ page. This is where you’ll be carrying out your exchange.

2.Choose the token you want to exchange

On the Swap page, you’ll see a little exchange calculator on the right. Using the drop-down menu in the top section, you can choose the coin you would like to exchange.

3. Choose the token you want to trade to. 

Using this same calculator, use the drop-down menu in the bottom section to choose the coin you want to trade to.

4. Enter the amount 

You can enter either the number of coins you want to receive or the number of coins you wish to exchange. Once you enter an amount into one of the fields, the other field will be calculated for you automatically. A small breakdown will also appear below the calculator.

5. Review the details and click ‘Swap’

Once you’ve made sure that all the amounts are correct and that you’re happy with the fees and slippage tolerance, you can confirm that Swap.

6. You’re done!

You’ve just bought your first tokens using PancakeSwap! A window will pop up letting you know that the transaction was submitted, and it’ll also show you a handy link where you can view your transaction details on BscScan. 

How to get PancakeSwap (CAKE)?

CAKE is a BEP-20 token that is central to PancakeSwap’s platform. As PancakeSwap’s native governance token, CAKE can be used across all of PancakeSwap’s products, with the addition of being able to make and vote on governance proposals through the platform’s community governance portal. 

You can buy CAKE on the PancakeSwap exchange using the steps laid out in the section above. Just make sure to select CAKE as the token you wish to trade to, then you’ll be able to get CAKE in exchange for a BEP-20 token of your choice. As an example, you could use a token such as BUSD, which is a USD-denominated stablecoin, to buy CAKE via PancakeSwap’s exchange.

If you want more CAKE than the amount you bought, you’re also able to earn additional CAKE from PancakeSwap by staking your tokens in farms or syrup pools. These will typically reward users with additional CAKE in return for them locking up their tokens for a certain period. 

You should now be more familiar with how to get started using PancakeSwap, how to get your wallet connected, and how to trade tokens via their AMM-based exchange. However, PancaekSwap also offers a variety of other interesting products such as Syrup Pools, Farms, NFT marketplaces, and Lotteries which keep users returning to the platform day after day. Make sure to check those out and be on the lookout for HI, which is available for exchange on PancakeSwap. 

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