If you have ever tried to buy the NFT for a new project, you already know how hard it is. You might have to spend hundreds of dollars on gas wars or the project might sell out before you can even buy the NFT. Projects have come up with something called the NFT whitelist or allowlist to solve these problems. Those on the highly sought-after NFT whitelist will always be able to use mint, and they may even be able to use it for free.

What is a whitelist, though? This guide will tell you everything you need to know about NFT whitelists (or allowlists) and, more importantly, how to get NFT whitelisted.

What is a whitelist or allowlist for NFT?

The NFT whitelist (or allowlist) is a list of users who get early and guaranteed access to mint the NFTs of a certain project during a certain time period. Most of the time, users on the whitelist get to mint the NFTs before the public. Also, users often get extra benefits, like low minting fees or even free mints. All of this while trying to avoid gas wars.

In short, NFT whitelists are like highly sought-after golden tickets in the NFT space. Because of this, it’s not always easy to get on the whitelist.

Why do we use “allow lists”?

NFT allowlists are used in projects for more than one reason. First of all, projects use whitelists to make sure that the drop is democratic and fair. Often, they give projects a chance to thank their first backers and the people who have helped them the most. Depending on the project, the reward can be something like a low mint price, access to exclusive content, or access to future projects.

Second, NFT whitelists help projects stay away from spam and bots. Because the NFT allowlists only give access to wallet addresses that have already been set, projects can stop fake and fraudulent accounts from joining the mint. Some users even make hundreds of accounts for drops that get a lot of attention.

Lastly, whitelists help keep gas wars from happening. Gas wars happen when a lot of people try to mint NFTs at the same time during the mint of a popular project. Because of this, gas prices go up, sometimes by as much as several hundred dollars. Whitelisted users, on the other hand, can choose when to mint the NFTs within the given time frame. This spreads out the transactions and keeps them from competing with each other. This stops gas wars from happening.

How to Get on the Whitelist of the NFT

NFT whitelists are, of course, very popular and hard to get into because there are so many people who want them. Here are a few ways to get on the white list:

Be in the right place at the right time

Getting a whitelist spot is all about being early. To explain, you need to look for good projects before they start and be one of the first people to back them. So, use Twitter to actively look for new collections. And, of course, our NFT Evening Calendar is a good place to keep track of all the latest drops. Sign up for waitlists before the drop once you’ve found some interesting projects.

In the same way, you have to join their Discord servers as soon as possible. Most NFT projects do most of their work and make important announcements on Discord. This way, you can make sure you don’t miss any instructions about joining the NFT allowlist.

Art made by fans

Each NFT project has its own whitelist selection process. Some do this through art contests where creators of the best fan arts get whitelisted. Even when there isn’t a contest, projects sometimes give whitelist spots to show off some amazing fan art. So, if you’re creative, make something different to stand out.

Sharing, retweeting, and talking on Twitter and Discord

Some projects give spots on their allowlists to the people who are most involved in the community. Make sure you’re always responding to the project’s posts on social media and that you’re active on their Discord server. Some ways to stay involved are to share and retweet their posts, take part in giveaways, and invite others to Discord.


Many projects hold contests to choose wallets for their “whitelist.” These contests range from lore and art competitions to giveaways and quizzes. Taking part in these competitions is a great way to get spots on the allowlist.

Own a previous NFT from the same team

Most of the time, NFT projects give whitelist spots to people who held their NFTs in the past. This has been done by groups like Invisible Friends, BAYC, World of Women, and others. Even better, some will just let you mint for free!

Whitelisting: Pros and Cons

As was already said, the main reason to get on the whitelist is to get early access to NFT drops. Whitelisted users can mint within the given time window, avoid gas wars, and sometimes even mint for free.

Still, there are a few things that are bad about the whitelist process. First of all, getting on an allowlist takes a lot of time. You might have to do more than one thing to get a spot. Even if you get on the whitelist, that doesn’t mean the project will be a success.

Then, whitelists have led to more than one NFT scam. For example, con artists may offer you a spot on the whitelist of a popular project so they can get you to sign up on a fake website. In such a situation, you might even lose the money in your wallet. Because of this, it is very important to always be alert.

Overall, NFT whitelists are a good way to make sure that you can mint the NFT you want. But do your research to make sure that the project is real. Also, check any links twice before clicking on them.

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