How to Install and Trade With MetaTrader 4 Windows

Roberto Rivero

When it comes to trading Forex and Contracts For Difference (CFDs) online, the MetaTrader trading platforms are among the most popular choices for both beginner and experienced traders alike.

In this article, we will explain how to download and install MetaTrader 4 Windows on your computer, how to open an account and how to place your first trade!

How to Install MetaTrader 4 Windows

MetaTrader 4 (MT4) is compatible with Windows 7, 8 and 10 and does not have any specific system requirements in order to work on your machine. In the following sections, we will take you through four steps in order to get MetaTrader 4 on your PC. 

1. Download the MetaTrader 4 Installer

Head over to the MetaTrader 4 Windows download page on the Admirals website and click the blue “Download Now” button (as shown below).

You will be prompted to enter your full name, email address and telephone number before being able to download the MetaTrader 4 for Windows installer. 

Alternatively, if you are already registered with Admirals, sign in to your ‘Dashboard’, select ‘Trading Platforms’ on the left hand side of your dashboard and click on ‘MetaTrader 4 PC’ to begin the download.

2. Read and Agree to the Licensing Agreement

Once you have successfully downloaded the MetaTrader 4 Windows installation file, open it.

You will be presented with a license agreement from MetaQuotes Software Corp. which you should read carefully before clicking ‘Next’ to agree and proceed to installation.

Source: Admirals MT4 Setup

3. Install MetaTrader 4

After clicking ‘Next’ the installation should begin automatically, now you just need to wait whilst MetaTrader 4 Windows installs on your machine! This should not take long, but depends on your computer.

Source: Admirals MT4 Setup

4. Log in to Your MetaTrader 4 Account

Once the installation is completed you will need to click the ‘Finish’ button and MetaTrader 4 should open automatically. If it does not, then you can open MT4 by finding its icon on your computer desktop.

The first time that MetaTrader 4 opens, a dialogue box will be displayed prompting you to select a trading server in order to log in to an account, like in the image below.

If you already have a MetaTrader 4 account, select the relevant server, click ‘Next’ and then enter your account details on the following screen.

Source: Admirals MetaTrader 4

If you do not yet have a trading account for MT4, keep reading! In the following sections, we will explain how to open both a demo and live trading account with Admiral Market and show you how to place your first trade with MetaTrader 4.

How to Open an MT4 Account

Demo Trading Account

For those who are new to trading, it is recommended that you open and practice on a demo trading account prior to trading on the live markets.

A demo trading account allows traders to experience real market conditions on MT4 whilst trading with virtual funds. This means that you can practice trading absolutely risk-free while you are still learning the ropes. 

As well as being an essential tool for any beginner trader, a demo account is also a great place for experienced traders to trial a new strategy without putting their capital at risk! In order to open a demo account with Admirals today, click the banner below:

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Live Trading Account

For experienced traders, who are ready to trade on the live markets, you can open a live MT4 account with Admirals and start trading Forex and CFDs! In order to do this, you firstly need to sign up with Admirals.

Once you have registered with Admirals, follow the instructions below to apply for a live trading account:

  1. Log in to your ‘Dashboard’ account
  2. Scroll down and click on the blue ‘Open Live Account’ button
  3. Add your telephone number and then verify it, if you have not already done so
  4. Fill out your details on the following pages, including your address, tax identification, financial details and passport number
  5. Read and accept the confirmation notice
  6. Upload the requested documentation in order to verify your identity

Once you have completed and submitted your application, it will be reviewed by Admirals. We will contact you by email with the results of your application and, if applicable, the login details for your new trading account.

You can also watch the video below in order to see the full process of opening a live trading account with Admirals.

How to Place Your First Trade on MetaTrader 4

Source: Admirals MetaTrader 4 Trading Terminal

Once you have opened MetaTrader 4 for Windows and logged into your account, you can now start exploring the different features of MT4, viewing live price charts and placing trades.

In order to open a price chart and place a trade, you will need to select the instrument you wish to trade from the ‘Market Watch’ window on the left of the screen. If Market Watch is not displayed, press Control + M to open it.

Once you have identified your desired instrument, right click it and select ‘Chart Window’ to open a price chart.

Source: Admirals MetaTrader 4 - GBPUSD H1 Chart. Date Range: 2 February 2021 - 18 February 2021. Date Captured: 18 February 2021. Past performance is not necessarily an indication of future performance.

To open a position, right click anywhere on the chart, select ‘Trading’ and click ‘New Order’ and you will be presented with the screen shown below. Here, you can choose the type of order, enter the volume of the trade you wish to make and set a stop loss and take profit.

Depicted: Admirals MetaTrader 4 - GBPUSD New Order. Date Captured: 18 February 2021.

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With Admirals you can enhance your trading experience by downloading the MetaTrader Supreme Edition (MTSE)! MTSE is an add-on for both MetaTrader 4 and MetaTrader 5 which is offered exclusively by Admirals absolutely free! 

The MTSE add-on allows traders to benefit from a range of features, including additional technical indicators, the mini trading terminal, trading simulator and much more! Click the banner below to begin your download today:

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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 Forex 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 solicitation 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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