How to sync when formatting a single computer?

Description of the issue: I’m about to format my computer and do a clean install from a bootable USB key. My research indicates that Brave Sync cannot work without the “old” device still online, and the “old” and “new” device being one and the same in my case, I cannot meet this requirement.

Steps to Reproduce (add as many as necessary):

  1. Format a computer
  2. Install an operating system on that computer
  3. Install & use brave on that operating system on that computer
  4. Format that computer again
  5. Install an operating system on that computer again

Reproduces how often: Systematically

Brave Version(See the About Brave page in the main menu): 1.26.67 (latest as of 2021/06/29)

Type of devices currently running on the Sync chain in question: 1 Windows laptop computer

Additional Information: None


Thank you for reaching out to us.
So with a single PC, you should be able to Sync the same way you would if you were using multiple devices. First, I would recommend making a backup of your passwords and bookmarks, which can both be exported manually. That way you at least have safe copies of that data that can then be imported into the newly installed browser, should anything go wrong.

So all you would need to do is create a Sync chain (if you haven’t already), ensure that you have your secret pass phrase saved somewhere so that you can add the new installation to the chain. Once that is saved, go ahead and reformat your PC, reinstall Brave, go to Settings --> Sync --> I have a sync code and enter your saved passphrase. Your device should now Sync and have all your data in one spot.

I would note that Sync technically is not an actual “backup” – see this article for more information on that: