I have a program to mint tokens on behalf of users (with user-provided metadata for the tokens) and after the minting is done, I transfer the token to the user address.

Now, my question is - do I need to Set Authority on the token after it's been transferred?

I'm asking because I want to prevent even myself from having access to the user's token after transfer.

Here's an example token I've minted for a test user. I guess my primary reason for raising this question is the fact that the Update Authority address in Solscan, even after the transfer, is still the account from which the token was minted.

  • this can't really be answered accurately without the code that's doing the mint and transfer steps
    – trent.sol
    Aug 18, 2022 at 6:31

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yes if u want that nobody can update the metadata but only the user to whom u r transferring the NFT then u need to transfer the update authority also to the end user. So when u transfer the NFT call this instruction also createUpdateMetadataAccountV2Instruction and change the new_update_authority to the end user's publickey. This will transfer the update authority to the end user and reflect the same in the metadata and solscan

  • So, after I mint and transfer, the NFT is owned by the user, but not the NFT's Metadata token? And my wallet is still the authority that can update the NFT's metadata? Also, I cannot find createUpdateMetadataAccountV2Instruction in @solana/spl-token npm library. Aug 17, 2022 at 12:44
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    after u transfer the update authority of the NFT only the new user's wallet can update the metadata so essentially he will be the one owning the metadata too..if u try to update the metadata from your wallet it will give an error that the signer is not the authority.. and u can find the instruction in this link metaplex-foundation.github.io/metaplex-program-library/docs/…. U need to import from @metaplex-foundation/mpl-token-metadata Aug 17, 2022 at 12:52

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