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How to Fix Metamask Minified React Error

Users with Metamask Version 9.5.2 are facing an error “minified React error #130;” making Metamask completely unusable. There are a few ways to fix it.

Metamask updated to version 9.5.2 on May 13, and ever since then, quite a few users have complained about an irreversible issue that is making the popular Ethereum Wallet Browser extension completely useless. I personally faced this issue and after a little bit of lurking around the Metamask community forum, panicking profusely, doing some meditation, looking for my seed phrase hidden inside a cabinet in a room somewhere no one knows about, I found one or two messages that came to my rescue and its your lucky day, I am going to share it!

What is Metamask Minified React Error #130?

While a user is working on Metamask, the extension shows a screen with popping words no one ever wants to see “Metamask Encountered an error” and basically allows no other action for the user to perform.

Clicking on Error Details will tell you that the error is Minified React Error #130, and of course if you are a coder, unlike me, you might even be able to debug it.

Once this error appears, Metamask becomes completely useless. No amounts of browser or computer restarts will fix it. Trust me. I tried.

Metamask Wallet Error - Minified React Error #130
Metamask Wallet Error – Minified React Error #130

The error is prominent in the latest version of Metamask i.e. 9.5.2, and the company says, their developers are working on a fix for it.

But while they work on fixing it, here are few things you can do to quickly start using Metamask again. Before we begin, a fair warning – This is a highly risky operation and you may even lose your funds if you are not careful. DO NOT DO ANYTHING IF YOU DO NOT HAVE THE SEED PHRASE OF YOUR METAMASK ACCOUNT BACKED UP.

Solutions to Minified React Error #130?

There are a couple solutions we can try to get back access to our Metamask.

  1. Use another Chain temporarily.
  2. Install an earlier version of Metamask.

1. Use Another Chain for Metamask

Many users, including me, have faced this issue when using the Ethereum Mainnet or Ethereum testnets on their Metamask wallets. Hence someone tested it on another chain like BSC, Matic, Harmony and got back access to their Metamask wallet.

  • Restart your computer.
  • Open your browser with the Metamask extension and open Metamask.
  • Choose any other Network, from the menu before entering your password. If you only have Ethereum network, click on Custom RPC and follow the steps on this article to install Binance Smart Chain Network.
  • Enter password and login.

You should be able to get access to your metamask wallets via other networks. You can switch back to Ethereum and use it as well, however, that joy maybe short lived as the error may re-appear anytime. Repeat the steps if the error appears again.

2. Install an earlier version of Metamask.

You need the seed phrase of your Metamask wallet for this.

This step requires users to be highly careful, as one small mistake and you may lose your entire Metamask wallet. In this step, we are essentially installing another version of Metamask on the system.

Firstly, download an earlier version of Metamask from Github, preferably Version 9.5.1, and extract the files on your computer. Follow these steps once you have the downloaded the extension.

  • On your Chrome Browser, go to Settings > Extensions
  • Check “Developer mode” on top right corner.
  • At the top, click “Load Unpacked Extension”.
  • Navigate to the earlier version of Metamask downloaded and select it.
  • Click on Add Existing Wallet/ Import Existing Wallet and enter your seed phrase.

You will see two Metamask wallets installed on the browser, use the earlier version. In order to restore more than one wallet from your old Metamask extension, just click on “Create New Account” until all of your older wallets are added. You can see the instructions here.

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