Brave Completely Redesigned Browser Data Sync

Posted on August 13, 2020 by Paul Thurrott in Web browsers with 8 Comments

Brave announced today that it has completely redesigned its web browser sync system, making it easier to move between devices. Additionally, the firm revealed that Brave now has over 16.7 million monthly active users and 5.7 million daily active users.

“Starting today, Brave desktop users (version 1.12) and Android users (version 1.12) can use our fully redesigned sync functionality to sync data from desktop to desktop, as well as across desktop and Android devices,” the firm announced. “Support for iOS will follow shortly.”

According to the firm, Sync v2, as it calls it, was rebuilt over the last several months to be more compatible with the Chromium sync system. And Sync v2 supports more sync data types, while still keeping its client-side data encrypted, so only users can see their own data. Sync v2 supports the syncing of bookmarks, passwords, autofill data, browsing history, open tabs, extensions, themes, settings, and web apps. And support for Brave Rewards data sync is coming soon.

You can learn more about how to transition from Sync v1 to Sync v2 on the Brave website.

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Comments (9)

9 responses to “Brave Completely Redesigned Browser Data Sync”

  1. dftf

    I generally use the new Microsoft Edge on PC (and infrequently Firefox).

    On mobile I vary between Brave or Vivaldi (or Opera when I need massive data-savings).

    Anyone have a preference between Brave or Vivaldi on mobile and if so why?

    • MikeCerm

      In reply to dftf:

      I haven't tried Vivaldi on mobile, but I mostly dislike it on the desktop. With 3 seperate toolbars on the top, left, and bottom, I feel like the interface is a bit of a mess. You can hide them, but then you lose some functionality. It would be nice if you could move those features into the main toolbar, but I don't believe you can. Brave is just way cleaner... other than the dumb BAT and crypto features.

    • wright_is

      In reply to dftf:

      I use Firefox on mobile - mainly because I can use NoScript (and other add-ons) with it.

  2. MikeCerm

    I'm surprised it took them this long to basically end up where they started with a mostly Chromium-based sync model.

  3. rbwatson0

    So, Brave 'completely redesigned its web browser sync system' in two months, yet Microsoft still hasn't fully implemented sync in new Edge. (Or even delivered Windows 10 2004 to thier own Surface Pro 7 devices for that matter.)

  4. wapembe

    i thought there was a rule that 'sync' and 'M*' were not to be used together?

  5. Alastair Cooper

    I really, really want to like (and use) Brave but in practice I've found their UX more intrusive and annoying to me than Google's. I am definitely giving a lot of thought to moving to Edge when that arrives on Linux though.

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