Note: This is not financial advice. This how-to article is for educational purposes only. Please note that cryptocurrency is a highly volatile asset class; only invest what you can afford to lose.
“How to buy SafeMoon” is a question many risk-tolerant investors are asking, especially since some claim the new lunar-inspired token could be the next Dogecoin. Safely aiming for the moon, SafeMoon supporters believe it could follow the same upward trajectory as Dogecoin.
On top of that, David Portnoy — internet celebrity and founder of Barstool Sports — endorsed SafeMoon as his favorite meme token, causing the cryptocurrency to surge to new heights. Whether you missed the Dogecoin rally, or you simply want to diversify your cryptocurrency portfolio with a new trendy altcoin, we’ve got the scoop on how to buy SafeMoon.
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What is SafeMoon?
Before you hop on a nearby spaceship to a SafeMoon-supported crypto exchange, let's whip out our metaphorical telescopes and zoom in on what SafeMoon is all about.
SafeMoon, which operates on the Binance Smart Chain blockchain, launched on March 8, 2021, but it took off like a rocket on Twitter and TikTok in mid-April, sparking interest among many crypto investors. On April 20, Binance even had to temporarily suspend withdrawals from its platform due to the sudden influx of SafeMoon investors.
#BNB withdrawals are temporarily suspended due to a large volume increase causing a withdrawal backlog. Rest assured our team is working on it.We apologize for any inconvenience caused and thank you for your patience.April 20, 2021
Before you buy the trending token, you must know that SafeMoon penalizes sellers with a 10% fee, and redistributes half to other token holders to incentivize buying and holding. SafeMoon was created to address several problems plaguing cryptocurrencies today, including price volatility and crypto investors’ bad habit of premature selling; hence the 10% selling fee. Crypto blogger Lou Bagel says the upside of SafeMoon is that you’ll keep making money as new people buy in, but the downside is that if no one buys SafeMoon, investors will receive 5% of zilch and the low demand will cause the price to plummet.
According to CoinMarketCap, SafeMoon was trading at around $0.000002 on April 18. Two days later, SafeMoon skyrocketed to an all-time high of $0.00014 — an increase of nearly 7,000%. If you invested $1,600 into SafeMoon on March 22, you’d have a whopping $60,000 a month later.
How to buy SafeMoon on Trust Wallet
Purchasing SafeMoon isn’t the most straightforward process, but with these easy-to-follow, step-by-step instructions, you’ll have your tokens in no time. For this guide, I’ll be using PancakeSwap as the primary exchange for SafeMoon.
Convert BNB to Smart Chain via Trust Wallet
2. Open the app and tap “Create a new wallet.”
4. You’ll be given a dozen recovery words. Write them down sequentially in a notebook for safekeeping.
5. Next, the app will show you your 12 recovery words non-sequentially. Tap the words in the right order and you’ll land on TrustWallet’s main page.
6. Navigate to “BNB” and tap “Buy BNB.” Input how much money you’d like to invest in USD and hit “Next.”
7. You’ll be prompted to purchase BNB with a credit or debit card. Wait until the purchase is processed.
8. Head back to TrustWallet’s main page and you should see you now have some BNB. Tap on “BNB,” hit “More” and tap on “Swap to Smart Chain.”
9. Head back to TrustWallet’s main page and you should see that your Smart Chain order is fulfilled.
Using PancakeSwap to convert Smart Chain to SafeMoon
For the next set of instructions, if you have an Android device, you can skip the first step. But if you have iOS, you’ll need to follow the first step to access PancakeSwap (a decentralized marketplace that lets you buy SafeMoon).
1. (Only for iPhone users) Open Safari and visit PancakeSwap. Tap on "Connect Wallet." Tap on "Trust Wallet" and tap on "Trust." You'll be prompted to login to your Trust Wallet account. Finally, tap on "Connect" on the "PancakeSwap wants to connect to your wallet" window. Skip to step 4.
2. In the TrustWallet app, tap on “dApps” on the bottom taskbar. Next, tap on “PancakeSwap.”
3. Tap the “Connect” button on the top-right corner and hit “TrustWallet.” You should see that your Smart Chain tokens are now in PancakeSwap.
4. Tap “Select a currency” and type in SafeMoon's contract address into the search bar. As of this writing, Safemoon's contract address is h0x42981d0bfbAf196529376EE702F2a9Eb9092fcB5 (You can double check this on CoinMarketCap under "Contracts").
5. A notice will pop up to inform you that SafeMoon taxes a 10% fee on each transaction. (It will also ask you to take “slippage” into account, which is when the executed price is different from the initial quote; you’re required to allow a 12% buffer.)
6. Tap on the icon next to the time symbol on the top-right corner, and as requested by PancakeSwap, set your slippage tolerance to 12%. Click “X” to save and exit the window
7. Tap “Swap” and “Confirm Swap.” This will prompt a “Transaction submitted” message to pop up.
8. Click on “View on BscScan.” The status bar should say “Success,” proving you successfully converted Smart Chain into SafeMoon. Exit PancakeSwap.
How to see SafeMoon in your TrustWallet
At this point, you're probably wondering, "Okay great, I bought some SafeMoon, but where are they?" Don't worry! Follow these steps to enable SafeMoon in TrustWallet and confirm that you have them in your possession.
1. Copy SafeMoon's Contract Address here: 0x42981d0bfbAf196529376EE702F2a9Eb9092fcB5
2. Navigate back to TrustWallet’s main page. Click the blue icon on the top-right corner and scroll to the bottom.
3. In the search bar, type in "Safe."
4. Tap on “Add Custom Token.” Change the network from Ethereum to Smart Chain. Under “Contract Address,” paste SafeMoon's Contract Address. Tap "Save."
5. Voila! You should see your SafeMoon tokens in the TrustWallet app.
Keep in mind that SafeMoon is still in its infancy, so while some are optimistic that it’s the next Dogecoin, others are skeptical — it’s just too early to tell whether SafeMoon is headed for greatness or ruin. As with any investment, you should assess your risk tolerance and act accordingly.
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Kimberly Gedeon, holding a Master's degree in International Journalism, launched her career as a journalist for MadameNoire's business beat in 2013. She loved translating stuffy stories about the economy, personal finance and investing into digestible, easy-to-understand, entertaining stories for young women of color. During her time on the business beat, she discovered her passion for tech as she dove into articles about tech entrepreneurship, the Consumer Electronics Show (CES) and the latest tablets. After eight years of freelancing, dabbling in a myriad of beats, she's finally found a home at Laptop Mag that accepts her as the crypto-addicted, virtual reality-loving, investing-focused, tech-fascinated nerd she is. Woot!