MetaMask’s self-custodial wallet mobile app has seemingly disappeared from the Apple App Store. Users have reported that direct links to the app, including the one on MetaMask’s official download page, are no longer functional.
As of the time of writing, there has been no official explanation for the removal, and it remains uncertain whether MetaMask will make a return to the Apple App Store in the near future. Notably, neither the team at MetaMask nor Apple has issued any official statements regarding this abrupt withdrawal of support.
Comparison with Trust Wallet’s Removal and Swift Reinstatement
This situation is similar to the incident in 2022 when MetaMask’s rival, Trust Wallet, was removed from the App Store. However, the Trust Wallet team took immediate action to address community concerns and quickly reinstated their wallet app in the App Store.
Moreover, unlike Trust Wallet, MetaMask’s team has maintained relative silence concerning the removal, leaving users and the crypto community in the dark about the reasons behind this move and its potential implications.
Past Instances of App Store Removals
It’s worth noting that this is not the first time the Apple App Store has removed a cryptocurrency wallet. In that case, Apple made an official announcement about the temporary removal, citing PayPal’s trademark compliance.
Potential Impact on MetaMask’s Services
The recent removal from the Apple App Store may have a significant impact on the company. Notably, MetaMask had recently introduced a feature that allowed users in the United States, the United Kingdom, and parts of Europe to convert their digital assets into fiat currency and transfer them to their bank accounts seamlessly.
Lastly, it’s important to mention that while the mobile app may no longer be available, MetaMask’s browser extension remains accessible for users. Additionally, this allows them to continue using the wallet’s services on other platforms.