How would I go about exporting everything my browser has saved to a new PC? I’m reinstalling Windows. It looks like Brave Sync doesn’t allow me to sync while offline so I’m not sure how I’d get all my info onto a fresh Windows install, which woudl erase my old one
The easiest way to do this at this time is to simply make a safe copy of your
User Data directory and replace the newly created one (after re-installing the browser) with your saved data. To do this:
- Make sure your current browser is fully updated (v1.24.82 is latest at the time of writing this).
- On you PC, go to
C:\\Users\[your user name]\AppData\Local\BraveSoftware\Brave-Browser
- Here, you will see your
User datadirectory – make a safe copy of this on an external or somewhere easy to retrieve.
- Once this data is backed up, go ahead and reinstall Windows. When it finishes, download and install Brave again.
- Visit the same directory in Windows as in step 2 above. Then, replace the
User datafolder here with your backup copy.
All your info should now appear without issue. Note that some Brave Rewards data will be lost, such as estimated pending Rewards and number of ads viewed for the month. Also note that you will need to re-verify your wallet w/Uphold in the new installation if you had a verified wallet in the previous installation.
Let me know if any of the above is unclear.
Hey, not my thread, but thanks for the help anyway.
Curious if this user data is the same even if somebody is going from windows 7 to windows 10?
And also, would this carry over a BAT balance? I.e., If somebody doesn’t have 25BAT yet, and hasn’t been able to create a wallet, but has like 23BAT accumulated, would that BAT move along with the user data? Thanks!
I’m actually not entirely sure since we’ve changed some of the Rewards inner workings recently. Let me confirm whether or not this is the case before I give out incorrect information. Most of the team has signed off for the day so I may not get confirmation until tomorrow.
That said, one way to ensure that you can keep you balance is by verifying your wallet. If done, you’ll just need to perform the steps above, then simply reverify your wallet with the same Uphold account in the new installation and you’ll be good to go,
Further, note that if you already have a KYC’d Uphold account, you can skip the 25 Minimum on desktop and verify your wallet.
Thanks for the quick reply.
This is the solution that I was going to go with. I was planning on creating an Uphold account, linking it, and then just proceeding as normal, but i’m not a big fan of KYC, and didn’t feel comfortable with giving Uphold my personal information. But then again, i’m not sure if Uphold requires this information, even if you hit the 25 minimum. So I may be wasting my time anyway.
As for my other question, the user data is the same whether it’s on windows 7 or windows 10? I can simply copy/paste the folder in order to preserve bookmarks, passwords, and so on?
Thanks either way. I don’t mind waiting until tomorrow for an answer.
Perfect. Thanks a ton!
Apologies I completely skipped over that first part of your question.
So the answer is that no, it is not actually as easy as suggested if you’re moving the information across OS and/or from Win7 to Win10. I believe that some information will work just fine, but anything encrypted will break or may not be read (cookies, passwords, etc).
Darn, well that sucks.
I assume that the “Brave Sync” feature should work though? Because it says you can transfer data across all devices, which I assume means all sorts of operating systems as well. It’s a little bit of a hassle for me to take this route, but I guess it’s my only option, other than manually saving everything.
Anyway, thanks for the help.
Yes – sync will work for this purpose. Start a Sync chain in the browser now and copy down the code words – make sure you save these or write them down somewhere you can retrieve them later! Ensure that you set Sync to
Sync everything so all data is included. Once your device is part of the chain, you can go ahead and reformat your PC.
Then when Windows is installed, simply go to Menu → Sync → I have a Sync code, enter the code words, and you should be good.
When you go to save your code words, I would also recommend making an additional copy of your passwords and bookmarks as well, just in case anything goes sideways, you’ll at minimum be able to re-import those after reinstalling the browser.
Menu --> Bookmarks manager --> More options (three dots on top right) --> Export (import is also in this same menu)
Menu --> Settings --> Advanced --> Autofill --> Passwords --> More options (see images if unclear) --> Export
Oh wow, I didn’t even know that you could export them individually like this. Well, if the data works from windows 7 to windows 10, using this export feature, then i’ll just do that, because the sync function would cause me some extra hurdles anyway.
Preserving my history isn’t all that important, as long as I have the passwords, and bookmarks.
Thanks again for your help!
You’re very welcome – don’t hesitate to reach out if you have any further questions or concerns.
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