How to Open and Set Up MetaTrader 5 Account

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Interested in learning how to set up a MetaTrader 5 free demo account? How about a MetaTrader live account? This article will explain in detail everything you need to know about how to get started and provide useful tips for working with the MetaTrader 5 platform, such as adding and withdrawing funds.

Before we begin outlining how to download and set up a MetaTrader 5 account, we're going to answer some quick questions that come to traders minds when they first discover MetaTrader 4 or 5.

What's MetaTrader 5?

MetaTrader 5 is the number one multi-asset platform chosen by traders and investors from around the globe for trading Forex, CFDs, exchange-traded instruments and futures. The platform offers advanced charting and trading tools, as well as options for automated trading.

Is MetaTrader Free?

We are happy to inform you that both of these platforms are free to download.

Is MetaTrader 5 Safe?

MetaTrader 5 is a popular trading platform created by MetaQuotes Software. MetaQuotes was established in 2000 and is considered one of the leading developers of software applications for banks, exchanges and brokerages. MetaTrader 5 is a reliable Forex and stock trading platform.

Trading With MetaTrader 5 - How to set up MetaTrader 5

To answer the question of how to open a trading account on MetaTrader 5, we need to look at five steps that are involved in the process.

These steps are:

  1. Choose a MetaTrader 5 broker
  2. Download the trading platform
  3. Creating a trading account
  4. Log in to MetaTrader 5
  5. Adding funds to your live account

Let's look at these six stages individually, to provide us with a more detailed understanding of how to open a trading account on MetaTrader 5.

1) Choose a MetaTrader 5 Broker

The first step in opening a MetaTrader 5 trading account, is to choose a Forex broker which offers the MetaTrader 5 trading platform. Choosing a good broker can be a daunting task due to the amount of choice there is out there. 

Which Brokers Use MetaTrader 5?

At Admirals, we offer the ability to trade using both the MetaTrader 4 and MetaTrader 5 trading platforms. With Admirals, you can trade via MT5 in your browser or download the entire platform for free. What's more, traders who open an account with Admirals gain access to real-time market data, technical analysis, insight from professional trading experts, and thousands of trading instruments to trade and invest with, amplifying their MetaTrader 5 trading experience.

2) Download the Trading Platform - Where to download MetaTrader 5

The second step is to download MetaTrader 5. Whether you are considering opening a live account for MetaTrader 5 or you are looking for a MetaTrader 5 demo account download, you will need to download the same software for both.

In order to start your download, head over to the MetaTrader 5 download page, fill in your details and begin the download!

Once you have downloaded the installation file, open it to begin the installation process. To log in, you will need to have either a live or demo trading account, both of which we will explain how to open later on.

3) Create Your MetaTrader 5 Account

Once you have the MetaTrader platform on your device, you will need to open an account with your chosen MetaTrader 5 broker. At this step, we will create a MetaTrader 5 account. Which brokers use MetaTrader 5?

For new traders, it is recommended that you practice on a demo account before making the transition to a live MetaTrader 5 account. The process for opening a demo trading account does not differ greatly from that of opening a live account with Admirals. Below we will walk you through both processes.

Opening a MetaTrader 5 Demo Account - How to open a demo account on MT5

How do I use a MetaTrader 5 demo account? Before we detail how to use a demo account, let's consider why a trader may use one.

A trading demo account enables you to trade different instruments in MetaTrader 5 with virtual funds, allowing you to practice different trading strategies without risking your own capital. You can practice trading on a wide range of products, all with real market prices.

Therefore, an MT5 demo account will suit any trader's interests, regardless of whether you are interested in demo Forex trading, demo stock trading, or another instrument. You can get a MetaTrader 5 demo account for PC or Mac. The MetaTrader 5 platform is also available as a demo trading app for mobile devices.

To create a new MetaTrader 5 free demo account, simply visit the demo account page on our website and complete the form. Once you have done this, you will receive an email with your trading account details, which you can then use to log in to MT5.

Before we continue, you can get started with your FREE demo trading account today by clicking the banner below.

Opening a Live Account - How to open a live account on MT5

If you are ready to trade on the live markets, you can open a live MetaTrader 5 account with Admirals. To do this, you must first log in to the Dashboard with your registered email address and password (if you have a demo account, this is the same email you used in that signup process). If you do not already have a Dashboard account, you will need to create one.

Once logged in to your Dashboard, just follow these steps:

  1. Click the 'Open Live Account' button.
  2. Add and verify your phone number.
  3. Add your details over the following pages. These details will include contact information, tax identification details and your passport number.
  4. Read and accept the confirmation notice.
  5. Verify your identity by uploading the requested documents.

From here, Admirals will review your application, after which we will contact you by email with the results of your application. If your application is successful, you will receive your account details by email. These will include:

  • An account ID
  • A main password
  • An investor password
  • Account server
  • Account type
  • Account balance
  • Leverage available

You can see the full process for opening a live account in the video below.

4) Log In to MetaTrader 5 - How to login to an MT5 live account

Once you have your trading account set up, open MetaTrader 5. Once opened, click 'File' at the top of the screen and select 'Login to Trade Account', as shown in the image below.

Source: Admirals MetaTrader 5 - File - Login to Trade Account

A dialogue box will then appear on your screen prompting you to log in. You need to ensure that the 'Server' field matches the server details provided by your MetaTrader 5 broker. You can overtype in this field if needs be. Enter your account ID in the 'Login' field and complete the 'Password' field with your main password.

Source: Admirals MetaTrader 5 - Login

5) Add Funds to Your Account - How to add money to MetaTrader 5

Let's look at how to add money to MetaTrader 5. To add funds to a live MetaTrader 5 account, you will need to log in to the Dashboard using the same email address and password you used to sign up for your trading account. Once you've logged in, follow these steps:

  1. Scroll down to the account where you would like to deposit funds, then click 'deposit'.
  2. Choose your preferred payment method and follow the prompts to deposit funds.

Depending on your payment method, funds may take up to three business days to clear. Once they have cleared, your account balance will appear in your Dashboard next to your live account details.

Note that you can also withdraw funds from the Dashboard. Both the deposits and withdrawals processes are outlined in the video below.

Final Thoughts

We hope you have found this article on how to create a new account in MetaTrader useful. Of course, learning how to open an account on MetaTrader 5 is really just the first step on your journey as a trader. If you would like to learn more about the technical tools you'll find in the trading platform itself, you might want to read our list of the 'Five Forex Indicators Every Trader Should Know'.

Trade on MetaTrader 5 With Admirals

Admirals offers the ability to trade with MetaTrader 5 in your browser, or to download the entire platform for FREE! Gain access to real-time market data, technical analysis, insight from professional trading experts, and thousands of trading instruments to trade and invest with. Start your trading journey the right way, click the banner below to get started!

About Admirals

Admirals is a multi-award winning, globally regulated Forex and CFD broker, offering trading on over 8,000 financial instruments via the world's most popular trading platforms: MetaTrader 4 and MetaTrader 5. Start trading today!

This material does not contain and should not be construed as containing investment advice, investment recommendations, an offer of, or recommendation for, any transactions in financial instruments. Please note that such trading analysis is not a reliable indicator for any current or future performance, as circumstances may change over time. Before making any investment decisions, you should seek advice from independent financial advisors to ensure you understand the risks


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