For months now, been having an issue in which Brave freezes / hangs on startup, upwards of 6 min. Have attempted lots of different fixes with no luck… until now. Since this issue is effecting many, and platform agnostic, figured a new thread was in order.
If you are experiencing a freeze / hang at startup attempt the following:
Clear browsing data->Time range->All time and Checking only “cookies and other site data.”
No more hang on startup and now Brave is extra peppy. (Yes, I had a lot of cookies… like ~5300.)
Found some users had success with making new profiles and or resetting settings but no indication as to why it worked. Hopefully this will clear up the mystery and lead to a fix.