Brave Now Has Over 50 Million Users

Posted on January 5, 2022 by Paul Thurrott in Web browsers with 11 Comments

Brave announced today that its flagship web browser surpassed over 50 million monthly active users by the end of 2021, hitting its publicly stated usage goal.

“Passing 50 million users is a tremendous milestone for our company,” Brave CEO and co-founder Brenden Eich said. “It is also a powerful confirmation of the global movement underway led by users seeking alternatives to the surveillance economy. “We’ve spent a successful year expanding our product range and our ecosystem, engaging with partners who share our vision for a Web free from Big Tech’s shackles. We have seen an incredible response among our users, creators, and community. We aim to double this growth again in 2022 and engage with even more users who seek a privacy-conscious way to browse the Web that rewards them instead of punishes them with tracking, and helps them directly support creators.”

Brave made several major updates over the past year that contributed to this growth, including the launches of Brave Search (the first search/browser alternative to Big Tech that’s built on top of an independent index), Brave Talk (a privacy-preserving video conferencing solution), and many moves to deepen its ties with crypto (incl. Brave Wallet, partnerships with Solana and Gemini, and more), a Brave representative told me.

The firm also provided the following key stats from 2021:

– 2.3 billion queries annualized on Brave Search. This went from 0 to 190 million queries a month in less than 6 months, from public access in late June to December 2021.

– 1.3 million Verified Creators, up 30 percent this year across YouTube, Twitter, Twitch, and more.

– Brave’s ad platform has greatly expanded as revenue has grown 4x over the past 12 months. Brave Ads campaigns were supported in nearly 200 countries with over 7.5 billion ad confirmation events to date.

– Over 8 million users are now earning BAT via Brave Rewards.

– The most mobile growth of any browser in 2021 with over 10M downloads.

You can learn more from the Brave website.

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Comments (11)

11 responses to “Brave Now Has Over 50 Million Users”

  1. cmucodemonkey

    I tried Brave for a while and overall I liked it, but I ran into a few things that I didn't like. The biggest item was certain pages I need for work wouldn't render in Brave, particularly relating to the MFA that my employer uses. I also had issues getting my bookmarks to sync properly. Some bookmarks never synced from device to device and a few times I had duplicate bookmarks for the same website.

    Due to the MFA issue I ended up going back to Chrome, but I would consider trying Brave again in the future.

  2. wbhite

    I've been using Brave with DuckDuckGo for about a year now for most of my browsing/needs and it's a perfectly fine setup (it's Chromium, after all). I don't sign into any Google services with it but I keep Chrome installed solely for those needs. I definitely recommend Brave.

    • cmucodemonkey

      DuckDuckGo is great! I've move all my computer and mobile browsers to use it and haven't ever felt the need to go back to Google.

      • dftf

        If you like the Brave browser, why not also try their own search-engine:

    • dftf

      Instead of DuckDuckGo, why not try Brave's own search-engine... ?

  3. SaintKaze

    I have Brave installed on 2 phones and 5 pc and 2 vms. So not sure that number is 100% correct. As long as i keep getting that BAT i don't care . lol

    • ralfred

      I tried Brave for a few weeks and never got any BAT. I saw some ads for crypto exchanges, but nothing else. What kind of ads do you see?

  4. Donte

    Like Vivaldi, I have tried Brave at least 3 times. Both are just weird for me.

    • dftf

      Brave certainly has the more "normal" UI, compared to Vivaldi, assuming we're talking about the desktop versions (i.e. the ones that run on Windows, macOS or Linux).

      On a smartphone device though, there's not a huge UI difference then, so I can flip between the two. I prefer the way Opera on phones presents your bookmarks though -- like a home-screen. Both Brave and Vivaldi do offer ways to show them in that style, but both don't do it as well.

  5. txag

    I like Brave, Plus I like supporting Brendan Eich, who was treated so badly by Mozilla.