Brave sync on iOS is completely broken and has been for many months! - plus other bugs with sync on iOS too. (iOS) If you have iOS please read!

iOS version 1.34.1 is out now

Absolutely spot on! The Sync between Mac and iOS is not happening too. The QR scan does not work and the phrase copy paste gives a weird error like “not enough number of characters!!”

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I’ve been tracking this issue myself but haven’t responded yet. However, I’ve been having exactly the same problem described by the OP. I’m replying now to provide additional support and because I may have found some new information to assist with troubleshooting.

First, I’m using Brave Version 1.34.81 Chromium: 97.0.4692.99 (Official Build) (x86_64) on MacOS 12.1. I’m syncing (or trying to sync) with Brave 1.34 (22.1.10.19) on iOS 15.2.1 running on an iPhone 13 Pro and an iPad Pro 12.9 inch, 5th gen.

As I said above, I’ve been having exactly the same issues described in the original post above. I can set up a sync chain, and it appears to work … once? Twice? For a day? And then, without any apparent change in my setup, the i-Devices stop syncing. They say they’re still part of the chain, and they still appear in the chain on my desktop, but bookmarks I save on my devices don’t sync with the chain, and they don’t receive any changes I make on the desktop. This has been happening every time, reliably and repeatedly, for a couple of months.

Every time except for the latest.

Last week, on a hunch after reading something in the first reply from @sampson, I tried setting up the sync chain from my iPhone instead of my desktop. So far the iPhone and my desktop remain in sync, 7 days later. My iPad stopped syncing after a day, but the phone is syncing both ways and remains in sync with my desktop. If my luck holds, then it seems relevant that the i-Device starting a chain would remain in sync. And for anyone who only has a desktop and an iPhone, this might be a good workaround for their issue until a fix can be released.

The problem still remains. But, fingers crossed, there may be a little bit of relief. If anything changes here, I’ll update the thread again.

Well, I’m still waiting to see if it disconnects, but I did update on my iPhone and then I set the sync up with my desktop. Everything is synced at that point and it’s still connected now. I’m guessing that they really did fix it like they said with that update. The exception is that it still did not give me the option to sync passwords with the iPhone. So I’m not sure why they only let you sync your favorites and bookmarks but it is what it is for now. I really would like to see them figure out why they don’t want to let passwords be synced over to iOS/iPhone.

And it got dropped from Sync again after the calendar day rolled over. So I guess it didn’t get patched/fixed in this last update. Hopefully @sampson and whoever else is working on it can get it taken care of. @sriram is this possibly something you are knowledgeable on?

The latest update didn’t fix the issue as they haven’t worked out the cause yet.

The update they are working on is to add debugging. Not a fix, just so we can pass info on.

There is no fix yet and they haven’t found the cause yet.

The latest update is just a general update and not for the sync.

It is still happening in the latest version as expected.

Once they release the version with debugging, hopefully they can work out a fix.

Been many months for me and sync is utterly useless on iOS.
I really hope it gets fixed soon.
Still with Brave but I can’t take much more of this.

Yep, me too. I’m about to give up on Brave altogether. Great concept, obviously lacking in execution.

Bookmark sync works for a day or two, maybe a few, then fails. iPhone 13 pro and ipad mini 6 with macos on imac 27 (and older android tablet and wintel 10 too for that matter). Same exact symptoms as described by UKHeather. It’s been like this for months. I gave up reconfiguring sync. It doesn’t work, it’s broken. It functions for a day, maybe a few, then ceases.

I really want to like this browser and I really want to use this browser, but I also need a consistent and reliable bookmark sync. I’ve gone back to using safari, firefox and chrome; at least they sync.

Too bad. Brave doesn’t meet my needs for basic functionality. Brave promises a secure and reliable sync but they fail delivering on their promise (and haven’t for several months to a couple years or more). Sync is one of the reasons I chose Brave, sync and privacy; and it’s yet another disappointment in browser space.

Rife with vapid functionality claims. Developers seem oblivious or just don’t care. There are numerous internet discussions about sync and other broken functionality with Brave.

Given that they cannot be trusted with their claims on sync, are they really trustworthy with their claims about privacy, bat and cryptocurrency? From the forums, it seems some bat went missing too.

@KewtyKat The issue is that they were able to do a basic clone for PC and Android. When it comes to iPhone and all, it’s a bit of a different nightmare. If I remember right, they had to sway a bit from Chromium and instead use Webkit. The difference is the former is based on Google Chrome and the other is using the same engine as Safari.

It is important to note that this isn’t because Brave or Google desired to make it this way. It’s done because Apple has mandated it to be that way.

  • 2.5.6 Apps that browse the web must use the appropriate WebKit framework and WebKit Javascript.

If they would have been able to just do a slight modification, things would run smoothly. But Apple kind of had to throw a wrench in things and make things difficult. We still don’t know if it’s Apple interfering with the sync (because many of us can sync but then it seems to stop during the day change or so), if it’s just a coding issue, or what?

Looking at Brave FAQ and all though, it seems it’s the browser difference which is throwing it off. Like here:

Sync v2 was rebuilt to be more directly compatible with the Chromium sync system (Chromium is the same open source base of Google’s Chrome and Brave). Brave built a sync server that more directly followed Chromium’s sync protocol, but defaulting instead to use encrypted data records. Sync v2 more easily supports more sync data types, while still keeping the client side data encrypted, so only you can see your data.

So if made for Chromium and all, but we don’t use Chromium…

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@Saoiray
So Brave cannot sync because WebKit. Well, okay then. I guess I return to using any one of five other browsers already installed that sync just fine between differing devices running on ios, ipad, macos, android; linux, bsd, and wintel. No Brave, No Problem (other than being misled).

I will check Brave again periodically. I will probably continue using it for ancillary browsing. Until I lose interest, or find that someone actually got Brave’s sync algorithm working.

Somewhat disappointing, I truly thought Brave would be my primary browser.

I really don’t have the time, inclination nor desire to keep futzing with Brave QRs and sync strings. I prefer a browser that consistently and reliably syncs my bookmarks in an efficient and efficacious manner.

A larger and more loyal userbase might be enjoyed if Brave delivers on their stated functionality, and provides a stable and reliable user experience. Otherwise, it’s just another pipedream hack with a lot of vapor.

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@KewtyKat I didn’t say they can’t sync. I just said I do believe it’s one of the contributing factors in comparison to the other platforms. They have told us they are working on it but they don’t have an ETA for when things will be finished. The next update for iPhone and all should have a debugging option. They are then going to ask us to send those debugging logs to them and see if they can find out what is causing the issue.

Webkit is just a rendering engine. It displays a web page on your screen, that’s all. It wouldn’t have any impact on syncing, because that’s not what it’s used for. And note that Chrome, itself, also has to use Webkit, and it doesn’t have the same reported issues with syncing. So it really has nothing to do with Apple’s requirements to use Webkit.

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And to update, my iPhone fell out of sync after updating the app. It kept sync for a week before the update, which is a record, and I’m starting a new chain from my iPhone again. Even if it’s not a permanent fix, resetting sync once a week is far better than once a day.

@jeffdottm Yet Google syncs to their own servers and maintains it within the account. All a person has to do it sign into their account and they immediately can access contacts, passwords, emails, etc.

Brave doesn’t quite work in the same with with their sync engine. I know it gets hosted somewhere but it doesn’t save to an account where it’s a matter of signing in. Instead it’s having to do the sync codes and stuff. Hence why Google Chrome on Mac and all have no issues while Brave seems to be struggling with it. And Google is able to sync passwords whereas Brave on iPhone is not capable of doing so at this time…even though they can sync passwords between Android and Windows.

Though there’s also the kicker of why it works flawlessly with Android and Windows but not on iPhone and all? The only difference I know of between the two is primarily webkit vs chromium when looking at the browsers themselves. Obviously all three use different operating systems as well, but still…

And as always, I’m not into coding or anything. I’ll be the last person to even pretend to be an expert on that stuff. I am strictly a high end user who will figure out how to use just about any program you put in front of me. That said, I wouldn’t be able to tell you how it all works and all, lol. I just figure it out and run with it. (^_^)

@jeffdottm And yeah, to update, my phone has been falling out of sync within 24 hours. Though I do have to test one little aspect of that. I had just opened up the sync menu on my iPhone and it started to show it was synced but then it closed the menu. When I hit Settings and returned to Sync, it showed as if I wasn’t synced. So not sure if I had been disconnected from sync prior or if “trying to check” caused it to disconnect.

Another update from a dev

I spoke to my dev contact again and they said that one dev can replicate the issue but can’t find the cause and the dev I am talking to can’t replicate it so it is hit and miss.

They think they are closing in now on the cause!
So hopefully it won’t be too much longer. I still reckon at least a few weeks though as a guess.

It is very encouraging that UKHeather obtained traction with Brave developers on this issue. Thank you for your efforts and tenacity ukheather.

This problem has existed for months, upwards to a couple years or more, and largely ignored by developers until now. Irrespective of the numerous complaints about it on Brave forums and elsewhere.

Blaming WebKit and Apple is ridiculous. I’ve not experienced sync issues with other applications, including several browsers. They sync without problem across several different hardware devices and operating systems, including half a dozen apple devices. Some of those successful sync algorithms are peer to peer, some are server based.

This feature was obviously tested in a cursory and anecdotal manner. Previous complaints about failed sync were also treated as anecdote, with developers ignoring the fact that sync stops within a matter of days.

Hopefully sync defects are fixed sometime soon. I won’t be using Brave much though, unless sync is fixed. It’s just not meeting my needs for a web browser. Other privacy centric browsers sync nearly instantaneously across multiple platforms. For me, personally, considering the history of this issue and others, I am uninstalling Brave on most of my devices.

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@KewtyKat I’m curious what other browsers you like or plan to use instead. I stick with Brave because it’s the one browser (that isn’t Chrome) that supports all of the web sites I visit. Opera is surprisingly good, but it doesn’t even pretend to have a sync feature. Edge seems like it’s a trade-off between sending all of my information to Google and sending all of my information to Microsoft. Safari and Firefox were my favorites for a very long time, but the lack of web standards support is an absolute blocker for me with the web sites I regularly use. (They also have less privacy protection and ad-blocking built in, but I can get around those with various extensions.) So, honestly, Brave just meets all of my needs … except this one. I guess it’s neck and neck with Opera for me, so whoever solves iOS syncing first will win me as a customer.

An interesting question that unfortunately I too have found no other browser to use.

Here is the practical solution I am trying….

I treat “sync” as a way to manually update my bookmarks across my iOS devices as needed when it has failed to maintain the chain.

The QR code makes it relatively quick across my 3 devices and as I am not creating a lot of new bookmarks at this point, it’s only somewhat aggravating…., but we shall see.

Opera’s sync works perfectly iOS
its just a shame the only sync they have is sending pages [or notes] to ‘Flow’

Not the 1st time they claimed to have fixed it, only for it to not be fixed (e.g. fixed for Windows but not for iOS, fixed for bookmarks but not for history, etc.). Or to be rebroken again.

Perhaps it’s wiser for them just not to update us as that would just be giving us false hope and fake promises.