If you're one of the many who still haven't claimed their free ETHW tokens, you might wonder how to get your hands on them. This article will help you with just that, providing step-by-step instructions on how to claim your ETHW tokens from the Ethereum network.
First, though, you'll want to understand what an ETHW airdrop even is in the first place and why it's such an attractive opportunity.
What Is The ETHW Airdrop
Following the Ethereum Merge that saw the network migrate from Proof-of-work (PoW) to the more energy-efficient Proof-of-stake (PoS) consensus, some network participants that wished to maintain the old "mining" nature of the Ethereum ecosystem decided to fork the blockchain prior to the merge; hence, they created a new version called EthereumPOW.
To get the EthereumPOW ecosystem running, all old Ethereum participants who hold ETH balances in wallet addresses will receive EthereumPOW (ETHW) tokens.
How Can You Claim It?
The ETHW hard fork means that every address that held ETH on the Ethereum mainnet before the snapshot will now have an equal quantity of ETHW on the EthereumPoW mainnet.
With ETHW being listed on multiple exchanges with 49 trade pairings, it's evident that it's gaining traction. Binance, FTX, KuCoin, Poloniex, NEXO, and other exchanges have supported the fork. As a result, you should claim your ETHW as soon as possible so you can cash out or prepare to HODL.
The sole criteria for claiming ETHW is that you have ETH in a wallet you owned at the time of the merging snapshot on September 15th, 2022. If you have any quantity of ETH or ETH assets that are not on exchanges or services that need you to deposit your ETH, such as lenders, you will have gotten the airdrop with the corresponding amount of ETHW to your ETH. On the Ethereum network, all addresses holding ETH will have the corresponding number of ETHW on the EthereumPoW network. Addresses that possessed ETH on the Ethereum mainnet before the snapshot can claim ETHW with the ETHW hard fork on the EthereumPoW mainnet at 1 ETH: ETHW 1.
If you have ETH in a custodial wallet, you may not need to do anything, as the wallet service provider should automatically distribute the tokens; however, if you use noncustodial wallets, you may need to manually claim the airdrop.
How To Claim Your ETHW Token on Metamask
Beyond Metamask, any other wallet that supports custom RPC can be used to claim ETHW with the following steps.
Click on the dropdown menu at the top-right corner and select the "Add Network" option. Fill in the following information in the newly created window, and when you’re done, click "Save."
Network name: ETHW-mainnet
RPC URL: https://mainnet.ethereumpow.org
Chain ID: 10001
Currency symbol: ETHW
Block explorer URL: https://mainnet.ethwscan.com (optional)
After adding all the information listed above, you should see your ETHW token balance, equivalent to your ETH balance before the merge.
If you don't use Metamask, the process may be slightly different; however, the trick is to find the "Add a Network" button and enter the ETHW mainnet information. As long as you held an ETH balance before the snapshot, you will get ETHW tokens airdropped into your wallet.