MetaMask App Briefly Removed; Then Reinstated on Apple App Store

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  • It’s worth noting that a similar incident occurred last year, with Trust Wallet.
  • MetaMask is one of the most popular self-custodial wallets with over 30M daily users.

Self-custodial wallet MetaMask seems to have been removed from the Apple App Store and reinstated shortly after. The app could not be downloaded directly from anywhere, including the MetaMask download website for a brief while.

No one has provided a reason why the cryptocurrency wallet was taken down from the App Store. However, whether or not MetaMask will be available again in the near future via the iOS app store was going through users’ minds. However, at the time of writing, the app is back on the Apple App Store.

No Explanation Yet

No MetaMask executives have commented on the stunning revelation, which is likewise unusual. Furthermore, Apple has not issued a formal comment on the company’s recent action.

It’s worth noting that a similar incident occurred last year, with a major competitor called Trust Wallet. The Trust Wallet was removed from the App Store in 2022, but unlike MetaMask, whose developers have been unusually silent about the incident, they quickly took steps to calm user concerns. The Trust Wallet was back on the App Store in a flash. This was very much similar to the case today.

In 2021, PayPal protested that the crypto wallet TokenPocket had a logo that was too similar to PayPal’s. Apple publicly announced the temporary withdrawal, citing PayPal’s trademark compliance as the reason.

MetaMask is one of the most popular self-custodial wallets on the market with over 30 million daily users. The app also allows for easy conversion from cryptocurrency to fiat currency.

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